Reporting year ends for Medicare EHR incentive program. Register by Feb. 29, 2013 to claim your incentive payment.


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Topic Reporting year ends for Medicare EHR incentive program. Register by Feb. 29, 2013 to claim your incentive payment.
Background Federal officials report that the CMS has paid $30 million to Texas physicians in 2011 as part of its electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. If you treat Medicare patients and use a certified EHR in a “meaningful” way, you too can earn thousands of dollars in incentives over the next few years. In the first year of participation, you must reach $24,000 in Medicare allowable Part B charges to be eligible for the maximum incentive of $18,000. Participants also must achieve 90 days of meaningful use during 2012 to qualify. In subsequent years, you must meet meaningful use for the entire year. Physicians who predominantly furnish services in a health professional shortage area receive a 10-percent increase in their annual EHR incentive payments.
Regulating Body Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Compliance Date 12/31/2012
Consequences As a physician, you can earn up to $44,000 through 2016 under the Medicare program, but you must act soon to make the most of this offer. Medicare incentives decrease for those who start in 2013 ($39,000 maximum) and 2014 ($24,000 maximum), and those who do not reach meaningful use of an EHR face penalties in 2015 (1 percent), 2016 (2 percent), and 2017 (3 percent).
Next Steps 1) Select and adopt a certified EHR. Texas regional extension centers will work with you to fully realize the benefits of EHRs. As part of a federal grant, the annual subscription fee for primary care physicians is only $300. Visit www.texmed.org/rec to learn more. 2) Participants must successfully demonstrate meaningful use of a certified EHR. Visit www.texmed. org/stimulus for in-depth and summary versions of the criteria.
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