Docs Will Start Receiving Incentive Payments in May 2011

Physicians can sign up for the EHR incentive program in January 2011. To begin receiving payments, they must have demonstrated meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for 90 days—which means the first incentive payments will likely go out in May 2011. Now that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule on meaningful use, the agency is preparing the systems that will trigger incentive payments—which physicians will start receiving as early as May 2011. The CMS will open registration for the incentive program in January. Physicians can begin signing up for the program then. To sign up, eligible Medicare physicians must have: (1) a national provider identifier and be enrolled in the CMS Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS), which validates and tracks the enrollment of providers and suppliers in the Medicare program, and (2) an active user account in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), which assigns unique identifiers to health plans and providers in exchanging health information. To begin receiving payments, physicians must verify that they have demonstrated meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for 90 days. Physicians do not have to inform CMS of which certified EHR system they are using until they submit information verifying they have met meaningful use requirements. As a result, physicians may use an EHR that hasn’t yet been certified but that they expect will qualify for certification by the time they verify that they have demonstrated meaningful use for 90 days. Related articles: CMS will start incentive payments in May 2011 Physicians can sign up for the EHR incentive program in January 2011. To begin receiving payments, they must have demonstrated meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for 90 days—which means the first incentive payments will likely go out in May 2011.

Now that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule on meaningful use, the agency is preparing the systems that will trigger incentive payments—which physicians will start receiving as early as May 2011.

The CMS will open registration for the incentive program in January. Physicians can begin signing up for the program then.

To sign up, eligible Medicare physicians must have: (1) a national provider identifier and be enrolled in the CMS Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS), which validates and tracks the enrollment of providers and suppliers in the Medicare program, and (2) an active user account in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), which assigns unique identifiers to health plans and providers in exchanging health information.

To begin receiving payments, physicians must verify that they have demonstrated meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for 90 days.

Physicians do not have to inform CMS of which certified EHR system they are using until they submit information verifying they have met meaningful use requirements. As a result, physicians may use an EHR that hasn’t yet been certified but that they expect will qualify for certification by the time they verify that they have demonstrated meaningful use for 90 days.

Related articles: CMS will start incentive payments in May 2011

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