Oct. 3 deadline for meaningful use incentives

Wednesday, October 3, is the last day for eligible professionals (EPs) to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year (CY) 2012 for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. For EPs, this means that they must begin their consecutive 90-day reporting period by October 3 to attest to meeting meaningful use and be eligible to receive an incentive payment for CY 2012.

For EPs who have already completed their reporting period, CMS has a number of tools available to help prepare for attestation. EPs can use the CMS Eligible Professional Attestation Worksheet to record their meaningful use measures to have as a reference when attesting for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in CMS’s web-based Registration and Attestation System. The Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator and Attestation User Guide for Eligible Professionals can also help EPs to successfully attest to meeting meaningful use.

CMS encourages EPs not to miss the opportunity to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program this year. Begin your reporting period by October 3rd to get on the path to payment for CY 2012.

Looking Ahead

Take a look at all of the other EHR Incentive Program important dates that are coming up by going to our CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Milestone Timeline, or reviewing the “Important Dates” section of the EHR Incentive Programs’ Overview page.

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.

Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2012 Reporting Pilot for Eligible Hospitals and CAHs Now Available

The details of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2012 Reporting Pilot for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) have been published and are now available on the QualityNet website.

The Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2012 Reporting Pilot provides Eligible Hospitals and CAHs with an opportunity to meet the Stage 1 clinical quality measure (CQM) requirements of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program through electronic submission of CQM data.

Eligible Hospitals and CAHs must submit a full year of CQM data in order to meet the CQM requirements for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2012 Reporting Pilot. The reporting period to submit this data opens on October 1, 2012, and closes on November 30, 2012. A test database became available on July 1, 2012 to accept test files for the Stage 1 CQMs. The database is also available through the QualityNet website.

Pilot participants who successfully meet all other meaningful use requirements will receive EHR incentive payments following the verification of the CQM data.