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GAO Report Reviews Progress in Medicare EHR Incentive Program

The Government Accountability Office released a report yesterday analyzing the progress of the Medicare electronic health records (EHR) incentive programs for payments made in 2011 and 2012. The report found that 48 percent of eligible hospitals received payment in 2012, up from 16 percent in 2011. The report also notes that inpatient prospective payment system hospitals were nearly twice as likely as critical access hospitals to receive a 2012 payment, and that hospitals in urban areas were 1.2 times more likely to have been awarded a payment compared to hospitals in rural areas. The full report is available at