Eligible professionals (EPs) planning to pursue Medicare incentive payments for making meaningful use of certified EHR technology should circle Wednesday Oct. 3 on their calendars. That is the last day EPs can begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year (CY) 2012 under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
EPs must begin their consecutive 90-day reporting period by Oct. 3 in order to attest to meaningful use and be eligible to receive an incentive payment for CY 2012, according to a reminder notice circulated by CMS on Aug. 6.
CMS added that, for EPs who have already completed their 90-day reporting period, a number of tools are available to help prepare for attestation. EPs can use the CMS Eligible Professional Attestation Worksheet to record meaningful use measures when attesting for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in CMS' web-based Registration and Attestation System. The Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator and Attestation User Guide for Eligible Professionals can also help EPs to successfully attest to meeting meaningful use, CMS said.
You can review other important EHR Incentive Program dates by visiting the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Milestone Timeline, or by reviewing the "Important Dates" section of the EHR Incentive Programs' Overview page.