Editor’s note: The following is a healthcare reform update from HIDA.
Providers collect $2.53 billion in EHR incentives
Healthcare providers participating in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program received over $2.53 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments in 2011. Over 176,000 healthcare providers have registered for the program, which links incentive payments for the meaningful use of EHR. Approximately 123,921 eligible professionals (primarily physicians) are participating in the Medicare program, and 49,051 eligible professionals are participating in the Medicaid program. Over 3,000 hospitals are registered for the EHR incentive program. More information is on HIDA’s health reform website.
CMS set to expand DMEPOS Competitive Bidding by 2013
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently accepting bids for Round 2 of the Medicare competitive bidding program for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS). Round 2 bids, which are due on March 30, 2012, will expand the program to 91 additional metropolitan statistical areas nationwide in 2013. HIDA is advocating Congress to expand a current government study on Round 1 to include the impact on provider settings, specifically skilled nursing facilities. For more information, visit HIDA’s competitive bidding resource center.
Health sector job growth totals 314,700 in 2011
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that healthcare providers added 314,700 new jobs in 2011, more than any other industry. In the past year, physician offices added 67,600 jobs, hospitals added 89,100, and nursing care facilities added 4,100. Many experts cite the shortage of primary care professionals as the reason for increased hiring in the physician market, and that many providers are increasing staff in order to prepare for health reform’s various payment changes and expansion of insurance coverage.
Read more of HIDA’s health reform update in the March issue of Repertoire. Visit www.repertoiremag.com