Health Imaging: As radiology grapples with the seemingly endless details of meaningful use (MU), many questions remain. The only certainty, according to an article appearing in the February issue of Academic Radiology, is “that MU is real and will affect radiology for many years to come."
MU is divided into separate programs, with radiologists most likely qualifying under the eligible professional (EP) program through Medicare, wrote the authors. Under the EP program, providers are eligible for incentive payments if they comply during the first four years of the program. It pays to comply early because if compliance is reached by October 2012, providers are eligible for the maximum payment of $44,000, which will be paid out over five years.
Incentives are only part of the equation, however, as penalties for noncompliance will be introduced gradually after 2015, wrote the authors.