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Medicare EHR incentives reduced

Washington—Medicare electronic health record incentive payments to dentists and other eligible professionals will be reduced by 2 percent under sequestration's mandatory budget cuts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said. Medicaid EHR incentive payments are exempt from the mandatory reductions.

Medicare EHR incentive payments will be reduced for reporting periods that end on or after April 1, 2013. The incentive programs provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. An electronic health record allows providers to record patient information electronically instead of using paper records.

Information on sequestration and the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs is posted at cms.gov.