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Medicare EHR Incentive Payment for Eligible Professionals - Time is Running Out!

August 07, 2014

In order to qualify for an EHR incentives, providers must show they are using their EHR's and demonstrate MEANINGFUL USE of their EHR's.  This means they are using their EHR's in ways that improves the affect of the quality of care to their patients and have successfully captured the data in a standard format using a certified EHR. 

You must then meet the requirements and report on your data on a continuous 90-day period during the calendar year. If you have not already started stage 2, you must be started no later than October 1, 2014 (this is the last 90-day period you can report in 2014). If you do not demonstrate meaningful use by the end of 2015 you will be penalized.

Next you must Attest: CLICK HERE to Attest

Watch this video for more information on how to attest with CMS   Attestation Webinar

Are you on target with your participation timeline? Check out this link to help determine the length of time you are required to demonstrate meaningful use at each and the maximum incentive payment for each year you participate.  CLICK HERE FOR your timeline

CLICK HERE for an Introduction to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program or for more information Check this out.

The Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program provides for incentive payments to Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) who are meaningful users of certified EHR technology. Under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, an eligible professional is defined as one of the following five types of professionals:

1.Doctor of medicine or osteopathy

2.Doctor of oral surgery or dental medicine

3.Doctor of podiatric medicine

4.Doctor of optometry


These professionals are eligible for incentive payments for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology, if all program requirements are met. Hospital-based EPs are not eligible to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. An EP is considered to be hospital-based if the EP furnishes 90 percent of his or her services in a hospital inpatient or emergency room setting.

EPs may not receive EHR incentive payments from both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in the same year. In the event an EP qualifies for EHR incentive payments from both the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the EP must elect to receive payments from only one program. After an EP qualifies for an EHR incentive payment under one program but before 2015, an EP may switch between the Medicare and Medicaid programs one time. Upon switching programs, the EP will be placed in the payment year the EP would have been in had the EP not switched programs.

For example, if an EP decides to switch after attesting to meaningful use of certified EHR technology for a Medicare EHR incentive payment for the second payment year, then the EP would be in the third payment year for purposes of the Medicaid incentive payments


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