Get Paid for 2012: Stay Informed of Key EHR Program Deadlines

The reporting year ends on December 31, 2012 for eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs in 2012. For participating EPs, this means they must have completed their 90 or 365-day reporting period (within the calendar year) by the end of 2012 in order to receive an incentive payment.

When do I attest?
Medicare EPs must complete attestation for the 2012 program year by February 28, 2013, but can attest as soon as their reporting period is complete.  CMS encourages EPs to register and attest sooner rather than later to resolve any potential issues that may delay their payment.

Medicaid EPs should check with their State for their attestation deadline.

Resources from CMS
CMS has several resources located on the EHR Incentive Programs website to help EPs properly meet meaningful use and attest, including:

  • A Registration & Attestation page on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website that houses information on registration and attestation, and includes links to additional resources.
  • The Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator allows EPs and eligible hospitals to determine if they have met the Stage 1 meaningful use guidelines before they attest in the system. The calculator prints a copy of each EP’s or eligible hospital’s specific measure summary.
  • The Attestation User Guide for Medicare Eligible Professionals provides step-by-step guidance for EPs participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program on navigating the attestation system.
  • The Attestation Worksheet for EPs allows users to enter their meaningful use measure values, creating a quick reference tool to use while attesting.

Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs?
Make sure to visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs. In addition, NCMS Foundation practice management consultants are available to help your practice attest to meaningful use and take advantage of these incentives through our PractEssentials program. Contact Terri Gonzalez, Director of Practice Improvement, at 919-833-3836 or visit our website at http://www.ncmsfoundation.org/programs/practicemanagement/.

 
 

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