Here's a deadline that's easy to remember: The reporting year ends on the same date as the calendar year for eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in 2012. In other words, participating EPs must have completed their 90- or 365-day reporting period by Dec. 31, 2012, in order to receive an incentive payment.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds Medicare EPs that they must complete attestation for the 2012 program year by Feb. 28, 2013; however, they can attest as soon as their reporting period is complete. CMS encourages EPs to register and attest as soon as practical to resolve any potential issues that could delay their payment.
Medicaid EPs should check with their state for their attestation deadline, according to CMS.
CMS provides the following online resources to help EPs successfully meet meaningful use and attest under the incentive programs:
- The Registration & Attestation page on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website houses information on registration and attestation, and includes links to additional resources.
- The Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator allows EPs to determine if they have met the Stage 1 meaningful use guidelines before they attest in the system. The calculator prints a copy of each EP's specific measure summary.
- The Attestation User Guide for Medicare EPs provides step-by-step guidance for EPs on navigating the attestation system.
- The Attestation Worksheet for EPs allows users to enter their meaningful use measure values, creating a quick-reference tool to use while attesting.