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The Medicare EHR Incentive Program - Important informations


February 29, 2012 – Last day for eligible professionals to register and attest to receive an Incentive Payment for calendar year (CY) 2011.To get the maximum incentive payment, Medicare eligible professionals must begin participation by 2012. The maximum bonus for eligible professional is $44,000 for Medicare and $63,750 for Medicaid.

Professionals who are eligible to receive Medicare EHR incentives

Doctors of Medicine or Osteopathy

Doctors of Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine

Doctors of Podiatric Medicine

Doctors of Optometry

Chiropractors

Please note: EPs may NOT be hospital-based. This is defined as any provider who furnishes 90% or more of their services in a hospital setting (inpatient or emergency room).

Professionals who are eligible to receive Medicaid EHR incentives

Physicians

Nurse Practitioners

Certified Nurse - Midwife

Dentists

Physicians Assistants who practice in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Center (RHC) that is led by a Physician Assistant.

Please note: Medicaid EPs must also:

Have a minimum of 30% Medicaid patient volume (20% minimum for pediatricians), OR

Practice predominantly in a FQHC or RHC and have at least 30% patient volume to needy individuals.

*EPs can receive the maximum incentives by Choosing Medicaid EHR program.*

FAQs

Is my practice eligible to receive incentive payments through the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs?

Incentive payments are not made to practices but to individual eligible professionals (EPs). For more information about who is eligible to participate, please visit http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/15_Eligibility.asp#TopOfPage.

Can eligible professionals (EPs) receive electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments from both the Medicare and Medicaid programs?

Not for the same year. If an EP meets the requirements of both programs, they must choose to receive an EHR incentive payment under either the Medicare program or the Medicaid program. After a payment has been made, the EP may only switch programs once before 2015.

What is the maximum incentive an eligible professional (EP) can receive under the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program?

EPs who adopt, implement, upgrade, and meaningfully use EHRs can receive a maximum of $63,750 in incentive payments from Medicaid over a six year period (Note: There are special eligibility and payment rules for pediatricians). EPs must begin receiving incentive payments by calendar year 2016. Know more....

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