Meaningful Use Registration Opens January 3

Registration for the Medicare meaningful use EHR incentive program will begin January 3, according to a notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS did not provide a link to a registration form, instead pointing interested professionals and hospitals to information on its incentive program site, where the link will be published. [updated January 3: The registration and attestation site is now live.]

In addition, CMS announced the following dates for the Medicare program:

  • Jan. 3, 2011 – Registration for the Medicare EHR incentive program begins.
  • April 2011 – Attestation for the Medicare EHR incentive program begins.
  • May 2011 – Issuing of Medicare EHR incentive payments expected to begin.
  • July 3, 2011 – Last day for eligible hospitals to begin their 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR incentive program for federal FY 2011.
  • Sept. 30, 2011 – Federal FY 2011 payment year ends at midnight for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs).
  • Oct. 3, 2011 – Last day for eligible professionals to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year 2011 to demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR incentive program.
  • Nov. 30, 2011 – Last day for eligible hospitals and CAHs to register and attest to receive an incentive payment for federal fiscal year 2011.
  • Dec. 31, 2011 – Calendar 2011 payment year ends for eligible professionals.

Registration for the Medicaid incentive program will also open January 3 in the following states: Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, according to CMS. Some state agencies will begin issuing payments that month.

In February registration will open in California, Missouri, and North Dakota. Other states are expected to launch their programs during the spring and summer.

Providers may register before having an EHR system installed.

The announcement comes almost a year to the day that CMS published a notice of proposed rulemaking on the program, which was created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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