Nearly all recently surveyed CIOs, mostly representing hospitals, expect their organizations to attempt to qualify for meaningful use incentive payments, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which queried its members and got 152 replies.

Twenty-eight percent of all respondents expect to qualify for incentives during the first six months of fiscal year 2011, which start on October 1 with applications for incentives being accepted beginning in January. Thirty-eight percent of CIOs expecting to qualify quickly represent academic medical centers, 26 percent represent multi-hospital organizations and 22 percent represent community hospitals. All total, 40 percent of CIOs representing organizations with 400-599 beds expect to qualify early, double the rate of those at facilities with less than 200 beds.

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