Providers See Payoff for EHR Meaningful Use

A recent report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) confirms that total payments to providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hit the $149 million mark as of July 31.

Providers are taking advantage of early EHR implementation incentives. If your practice hasn’t jumped on board the EHR money train yet, it’s not too late.

Through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, eligible professionals (EPs) who become meaningful users of certified EHR technology can qualify for incentive payments of up to $44,000.

Feb. 29, 2012 is the last day for EPs to register and attest to receive an incentive payment for 2011, but you have until 2014 to initiate participation in the program. To get the maximum incentive payment, EPs must begin participation by 2012.

To get the ball rolling, check the Educational Materials page on the CMS website. In the Presentations for Providers section, for example, you’ll find past national calls, such as the July 14 national call “Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Basics for Eligible Professionals.” Click on the link to download the audio recording, transcript, and presentation files.

Check the Education Materials page on the CMS website periodically for new materials from more recent events, such as the Meaningful Use call held Aug. 18, the Clinical Quality Measures webinar held Aug. 30, and the EP Registration and Attestation call held Sept. 9.

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