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I read that Lawrence Memorial Hospital received a $1.6 million incentive payment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for its electronic health records. Is this just a one-time payment?

Julie Brookhart, public affairs specialist for CMS, said LMH could qualify for incentive payments for four more years or through federal fiscal year 2015. To qualify for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, it has to continue to meet standards set by CMS. According to the latest data available, LMH is one of 13 Kansas hospitals that have received Medicare payments through the EHR Inventive Program totaling $18 million.

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