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Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to provide financial incentives to eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals that “meaningfully use” electronic health record (EHR) technology. In 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Final Criteria for Stage 1 of the program that physicians will have to meet to obtain the incentive payments. Below are resources and guidance related to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, including a Basic Starter Guide for the EHR program and how to get involved.


Federal Regulations

Comment Letters

Helpful Websites

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