CMS and ONC offer detailed looks at EHR and health IT data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) have made available detailed information on federal initiatives to promote the use of electronic health records.

Last week, CMS said that payments issued under its Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs have surpassed $5 billion to 93,650 physicians and hospitals through April 2012 in preliminary estimates.

As of March 2012, CMS has paid $2.39 billion to 44,925 Medicare physicians, professionals and hospitals.

In a statement released May 9, CMS noted that, in compliance with a HITECH Act requirement, the agency has posted the names, business phone numbers and business addresses of Medicare-eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that have successfully demonstrated meaningful use of a certified EHR and received an incentive program payment as of March 2012.

CMS said the payment recipients had an opportunity to verify and edit their business phone numbers and addresses during the incentive program registration. CMS did not post information on group practices because incentive payments are not offered at the group practice level.

The agency said that, beginning this month, it will post to its website two file formats of EHR Incentive Program payment recipients: A searchable PDF and a tabular CSV file that can be opened in many common spreadsheet programs. The CSV file, for example, can be used to sort recipient information by medical specialty or practice location by state.

Click here to access the list of Medicare EPs that have been paid via the EHR Incentive Program through March 31, 2012.

Click here to download the CSV file.

The lists will be updated quarterly, CMS said.

Concurrently, ONC announced this week a significant upgrade of its Health IT Dashboard, which offers access to data related to grant programs, regional extension centers and other measures of health IT adoption. 

The dashboard features maps, charts and graphs representing ONC innovation grant programs, as well as detailed performance data for programs such as the Health IT Regional Extension Centers and Community College Consortia to Educate Health IT Professionals.

"The release of the Health IT Dashboard is a significant milestone and we are glad to welcome the website as a tool for delivering key data to ONC's stakeholders and the interested public," said Victor Lazzaro, ONC's performance officer and director for the Health IT Dashboard projects.

The dashboard includes more than 150 maps presenting ONC data at state, county and grantee geographic boundaries, officials said.

In June, ONC researchers and the ONC State Health Information Exchange Program will publish an EHR and HIE dashboard including more state-level maps and data sets that describe trends in physician and hospital IT implementation.

Click here to access the ONC dashboard.

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