GE Healthcare IT today announced government reports show customers using its certified products have received more than $100MM in incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Meaningful Use program since its inception.
According to results recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services, 4250 eligible ambulatory medical professionals using Centricity Practice Solution or Centricity EMR received approximately $80MM in incentive payments from April 2011 to May 2012. In the inpatient setting, GE Healthcare customers have been paid approximately $25MM and were among the first hospitals to attest, when attestation became available last year.
GE Healthcare ranks fourth out of 337 total vendors for the number of eligible professionals attesting in the ambulatory setting from April 2011 to May 2012. These providers were spread across 50 different medical specialties, reflecting the diverse population of providers who have adopted GE Healthcare’s ambulatory solutions.
St. Louis-based Sound Health Services, an ear, nose and throat clinic, received $252,000 after all 14 of their then-eligible physicians successfully attested using Centricity• Practice Solution.
“We knew we wanted to adopt an EMR to streamline clinical operations and to take advantage of incentives offered under Medicare,” said Allen Mackley, Sound Health Services Executive Director. “Having a good vendor and good team members is critical. We couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support from GE’s staff.”
GE Healthcare supports the range of organizations eligible for Meaningful Use incentives with Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR supporting physicians and other professionals working in ambulatory settings and Centricity Enterprise supporting hospitals and other enterprise healthcare settings.
“We are deeply committed to our customers’ success,” said Jim Corrigan, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We are proud of our customers and the work they have done to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives and we value their partnership.”
*Centricity is a Registered Trademark of General Electric Company.
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