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Providers Must Attest to 2015 EHR Incentive Program Requirements by March 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

The attestation deadline for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program is only 3 days away!

Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System no later than Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program participants should refer to their respective states for attestation information and deadlines. Certain Medicaid eligible professionals may use the Registration and Attestation System as an alternate attestation method to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment (80 FR 62900 through 62901).

To attest to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015:

  • Eligible Professionals may select an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90 days from January 1, 2015 (the start of the 2015 calendar year) through December 31, 2015.
  • Eligible Hospitals/CAHs may select an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90 days from October 1, 2014 (the start of the federal fiscal year) through December 31, 2015.

March 8, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Cerner Meaningful Use Incentives Total $2.2+ Million

Today, some of the numbers for users of the Cerner certified EHR (ambulatory clients) came across my desk and since I’m a number lover, I thought I’d share.

Cerner Ambulatory clients have secured $2.2+ million in combined Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive funds from 16 states. More than $1.5 million of that $2.2+ million is in Medicare EHR incentives.

More than 115 Cerner Physicians have successfully attested to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR incentive program.

Looks like Cerner is planning to use @Cernerphysician and the Cerner Facebook page to publish updates like this in the future.

Now I must admit that I’m interested to know the Cerner EHR Stimulus numbers for the acute care settings.

If you know of other EHR vendors that have released their numbers, let me know and I’ll publish them in a future post.

August 31, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

States Don’t Have Info to Verify EHR Stimulus Eligibility

I was a little disturbed when I read this article on InformationWeek that talks about States not being able to verify the EHR stimulus eligibility. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) office of the inspector general has found that state Medicaid agencies are limited in their ability to verify self-reported eligibility information prior to issuing payments under the Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, and that this lack of reporting could harm the integrity of states’ EHR incentive payments.

The amazing thing is that we’re talking about the Medicaid EHR stimulus money. This doesn’t even mean we’re talking about verifying the eligibility of something as complex as meaningful use. we’re talking about much simpler verification information.

Of course, many might ask why an EHR incentive program has requirements that we couldn’t rationally require. Although, the answer to that question is likely stuck in the mess that is our legislative process.

August 1, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

$75 Million Paid in Medicare EHR Incentive Money (Requires Meaningful Use)

Interesting to hear the $75 million number. Certainly it’s still early in the year, so it will be interesting to see these same numbers after the first year of the EHR incentive money. Plus, it’s important to note that this $75 million required the hospitals and medical practices to show meaningful use.

A few excerpts from the article that’s linked above:

CMS officially released on Thursday information about the more than 300 hospitals and physicians that received the incentive payments. Award amounts were not included. The list includes:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, Mass.)
Bender Medical Group (Ft. Collins, Colo.)
El Paso Heart Center (El Paso, Texas)
Hewitt Medical Group (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Northshore University Health System (Evanston, Ill.)
Regents of the University of California (Sacramento, Calif.)
Wellmont Cardiology Services (Kingsport, Tenn.)

300 hospitals and Physicians. How many doctors does that still leave? Well, let’s just say that 300 gets rounded to 100% I think. I’d also guess if you took all of the payments made to physicians, it would be a very small percentage of the 75%. I’ll have to dig into this a bit more.

Including the $83.3 million in incentive paid for the Medicaid EHR program, CMS has now distributed $158.3 million in incentives.

$158.3 million. They’re working their way to the $36 billion. It’s still early in the year.

May 31, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.