The Eligible Professionals (EP) HITECH Act recognizes three types of payers eligible for incentive payments under Meaningful Use. Those types are 1) Medicare Fee For Service (FFS), 2) Medicare Advantage (MA) and 3) Medicaid. The subsequent definition of an eligible professional differs according to Medicare and Medicaid.

Eligible hospitals can be acute care (excluding long term care facilities), critical access hospitals and children’s hospitals.

Eligible providers include non-hospital-based physicians who receive reimbursement through Medicare FFS program or a contractual relationship with a qualifying MA organization. Eligible providers are widely considered to be physicians whose practices are less than 90% inpatient and ER.

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Synonyms: Eligible Professionals

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