The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and up to $63,750 through the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
Here are some important 2014 EHR participation dates to keep in mind:
• March 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET: Attestation deadline for Medicare eligible professionals for the 2013 program year
• September 30: End of 2014 fiscal year and end of the 2014 reporting period for eligible hospitals
• November 30, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET: Attestation deadline for Medicare eligible hospitals for the 2014 program year
• December 31: End of 2014 calendar year and end of the 2014 reporting period for eligible professionals
For more information, visit the CMS EHR Incentives Program webpage for the details on how to apply or enroll in the incentive program and for other important details about sequestration, the Medicare Incentive Program and the Medicaid Incentive Program.
Delaying on attesting can cost tens of thousands of dollars so meeting these deadlines is critical to offset the costs of implementing and initial use of an EMR.