Eligible professionals (EPs) who participated in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2012 must complete attestation for the 2012 program year by February 28, 2013. In order to be eligible to attest you must have completed your 2012 reporting period by December 31, 2012.
CMS encourages Medicare EPs to register and attest as soon as possible to resolve any potential issues that may delay their payment.
Medicaid EPs should check with their State for their attestation deadline.
Resources from CMS
CMS has several resources located on the EHR Incentive Programs website to help EPs properly meet meaningful use and attest, including:
- A Registration & Attestation page that includes information on registration and attestation, and links to additional resources.
- The Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator, which allows EPs and eligible hospitals to determine if they have met the Stage 1 meaningful use guidelines before they attest in the system.
- The Attestation User Guide for Medicare Eligible Professionals, providing step-by-step guidance for EPs participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program on navigating the attestation system.
- The Attestation Worksheet for Eligible Professionals, allowing users to enter their meaningful use measure values, creating a quick reference tool to use while attesting.
Also, for EHR vendors, ICSA just announced that they are now set to begin testing EHR software for meaningful use stage 2. That’s right. Meaningful Use stage 2 is just around the corner.