The CMS has released over $16.5 billion in EHR incentive payments to qualified hospitals and providers as of September. "We will continue to see an upward trend of these numbers as we move into January and February," said Rob Anthony, deputy director of CMS' Office of E-health Standards and Service. According to CMS data, it has made incentive payments for either meaningful use or adopting, implementing or upgrading to certified EHR technology to 83% of eligible hospitals.

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