According CMS, 171,000 EPs are facing payment penalties in 2017 for failing to meet meaningful use requirements in 2015. While still a sizeable figure, the numbers are down from years previous. In 2016, 209,000 EPs were subject to penalization leading to a 2-percent decrease in Medicare reimbursement, and in 2015 there were almost 257,000 professionals incurring these adjustments.
Though there are still a significant number of EPs affected by the meaningful use penalty, recent trends anticipate a steady decrease in issued payment adjustments going forward.
These most recent meaningful use payment adjustments will apply to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) payments for professional services delivered between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2017.