Reminder to Physicians: Meaningful Use Checks are Arriving

On May 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) mailed the first checks for the Medicare incentive program to physicians who had attested that they had achieved meaningful use of their electronic health records (EHRs).

EHR incentive payments are also available to eligible professionals from state Medicaid programs.  However, the Medicaid program has different incentive requirements.

The actual arrival of checks from Medicare should encourage more doctors to acquire EHRs and demonstrate meaningful use. The checks show that meaningful use and successful EHR implementation is certainly achievable.

Given EHR is going to be the standard of practice and physicians will eventually need to implement EHR systems, there is no better time than the present to get started.

We do not have our EHR incentive program outline on the PVWLaw website because we were only providing to clients.  I could do the same thing we did with some of the health care bill articles and state “PVWLaw has prepared a comprehensive outline on the EHR incentive programs called “EHR Incentive Program Outline”.  If you would like to receive a copy of the outline, please email the following information to info@pvwlaw.com and we will reply promptly including a pdf attachment of the document requested:

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CMS Website Posts Updated EHR Incentive Program FAQs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently added to its collection of more than 100 questions about meaningful use, eligibility and other aspects of electronic health-record incentive programs.

For example, new additions to the FAQ section include a clarification of how to calculate Medicaid patient volume or needy patient volume for the Medicaid EHR incentive program.

The 45-question section on meaningful use provides information on a variety of topics, including patient-education resource requirements, specifications for quality reporting and electronic prescribing.

The CMS EHR incentive program FAQs can be viewed at:

https://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/95_FAQ.asp.

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