Fundamentals of the EHR Incentive Programs – Registration

This article is published with permission from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs administered by CMS provide incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology in ways that improve quality, safety and effectiveness of patient-centered care. Under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, EPs can receive as much as $44,000 over a consecutive five-year period. Under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, EPs can receive as much as $63,750 over six years.

In our previous article, we explained eligibility for the incentive programs. The next step is to register and start on your path to payment. You can register even before you have certified EHR technology or a record in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System.

How to register
EPs can register for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program through the CMS website at

EPs can initiate registration for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program through the CMS website; however, you must complete the registration process through your state Medicaid agency’s registration system.

Complete information about what is needed to register is available on the registration page of the website.

Third-party registration for EPs
EPs participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program can now designate a third party to register and attest on their behalf using an Identity and Access Management user ID and password.

For the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, individual states will not necessarily offer a third-party option for attesting for their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Check with your state to see what options are available.

This article provides guidance to professionals who may be eligible for EHR incentive payments. However, CMS urges you to refer to the regulations for definitive rules on eligibility, payment and other requirements. To the extent anything in this guidance conflicts with such rules and regulations, the rules and regulations would take precedence.

Visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website to find out more about the incentive programs.