Those who can attest to meeting Stage 1 meaningful use criteria for a 90-day span, congratulations!
If you’ve had your act together since January 1, you could be in the first group to claim money through the Medicare EHR incentive program. The first 90-day period of meaningful use wrapped up at the beginning of April. Remember, 90 days is all that’s required for the first year of meaningful use — and for the maximum payment of $44,000 for eligible providers and millions for hospitals.
The beginning of attestation is a major milestone for the federal program designed to electronically connect patient records from coast to coast.
Everywhere you look, the Medicare EHR incentive program has seen transitions and potential setbacks. Longtime HIT coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal resigned, hatchet-wielding House Republicans threatened HITECH Act funding, and the seemingly inevitable government shutdown would have slowed the U.S. Department of Health &Human Services, the CMS parent agency, to a crawl. (Although Washington somehow averted a shutdown last week, that whole soap opera isn’t over yet.)
But here we are. It probably goes without saying, but we will anyway. Considering the toxic political environment pervading our nation’s capital, the earlier you apply for funding through the Medicare EHR incentive program, the more likely you are to see your check.
Providers eligible for the Medicaid EHR incentive program — especially those sitting on thumbs, waiting for a state program to come online — needn’t feel left out. CMS has aggregated the state incentive programs in one handy document, which includes links to state programs’ landing pages as well as expected launch dates for those still in the process of coming online.