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GAO report finds EHR digital divide
Modern Healthcare

A report from a federal watchdog gives further evidence of a digital divide between large and urban hospitals on one side and small and rural facilities on the other. Under the federal electronic health-record system incentive program, hospitals where at least 10% of patients are covered by Medicaid are eligible for payments through Medicaid for adopting a certified EHR. The Government Accountability Office, in a report reviewing the 2011 activities of the Medicaid EHR incentive program, found that 41% of eligible urban hospitals received EHR incentive payments. In comparison, 35.8% of eligible rural hospitals did.