Dentists, like the other eligible professionals, may receive up to $44,000 over four years (2011 through 2015). The payment is equal to 75% of Medicare allowable charges for covered services furnished by the Dentist in a year (maximum payment in the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth years of $15,000; $12,000; $8,000; $4000; and $2,000, respectively). Early adopters, whose first payment year was 2011 or 2012, received a maximum payment of $18,000 in the first year. For eligible dentists who predominantly provide care in a health professional shortage area (HPSA), Medicare incentive payments would be increased by 10%.
Beginning in 2015, Medicare eligible dentist who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use will be subject to a payment adjustment. The payment reduction starts at 1% and increases each year that a Medicare eligible professional does not demonstrate meaningful use, to a maximum of 5%.