Medicare Attestation of “Meaningful Use” Begins April 18

Physicians who believe they have met the objectives to qualify for meaningful use incentives under the Medicare Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program can start attesting to having met the criteria on April 18, 2011.  Although registration for meaningful use began on January 1, 2011, physicians are required to meet the meaningful use criteria for 90 consecutive days before they qualify for incentive payments. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has published a Medicare user guide and webinar to help physicians with registration and attestation.

Physicians are encouraged to register as soon as possible, even if they do not yet have a certified EHR or enrollment record in PECOS.

In Stage 1 of meaningful use, meaningful use includes both a core set and a menu set of objectives that are specific for physicians.

Eligible Professionals must complete:

  • 15 core objectives
  • 5 objectives out of 10 from menu set
  • 6 total clinical quality measures (3 core or alternate core, and 3 out of 28 from alternate set)

It is important for physicians to make sure to start their 90-day reporting period no later than October 1, 2011, in order to attest and receive a Medicare payment in 2011.

For more information, go to Medicare EHR Incentive Program User Guide and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Webinar.

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