Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Guest Blogger - Jim Tate: EHR Incentives Drop Dead Dates

Several times a week I am asked the same question by providers and vendors. The question takes different twists and turns, but it all gets down to one core concern. To put it in the crassest terms, here it is. “What is the absolutely last drop dead date an eligible professional can meet the CMS EHR Incentive Program requirements and not leave any money on the table?” OK, now that the question is clear, let’s answer it once and for all.

For Eligible Professionals there are two CMS programs, Medicare and Medicaid, which incentivize EHR use. An EP must select one of the programs for participation, and is allowed to switch programs once. Let’s take a look at Medicaid first. 2016 is the “Last year to initiate participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program” and 2021 is the “Last year to receive Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment.”

Jim Tate is a nationally recognized expert on the CMS EHR Incentive Program, certified technology and meaningful use and a partner in HITECH Answers. He is also author of The Incentive Roadmap® The Meaningful Use of Certified Technology: Stage 1.

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