EHR Attestation Begins April 18

Attestation for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program begins April 18. To receive your Medicare EHR incentive payment, you must attest through CMS’ web-based Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Registration and Attestation System. To successfully attest, you need to understand the required meaningful use criteria.

Meaningful use requirements for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are different:

EP Meaningful Use Criteria: Must report on 15 core measures, five of 10 menu measures, and six clinical quality measures, consisting of three required core measures and three additional measures.

Eligible Hospital and CAH Meaningful Use Criteria: Must report on 14 core measures, five of 10 menu measures and 15 clinical quality measures.

You should also make sure that you begin your 90-day reporting period in time to attest and receive a Medicare payment in 2011. The last day to begin your 90-day reporting period for 2011 incentive payments is July 3, 2011 for eligible hospitals and CAHs, and Oct. 1, 2011 for EPs.

Source: CMS LearnResource

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