The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has debuted a new listserv designed to keep physicians informed about the Medicaid and Medicare federal incentive programs. For those who subscribe to the mailing list, CMS will provide information about the programs, including important deadlines, and answers to common questions and concerns. Join the CMS electronic health record (EHR) listserv today or visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest incentive program information.
Starting in 2011, physicians who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments. You must register to participate. To enroll, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) registration and attestation webpage. Have your tax identification and National Provider Identifier numbers handy when registering and be prepared to select one of the two available programs, Medicare or Medicaid. The Medicare incentives are up to $44,000 over five years. Medicaid incentives are up to $63,750 over six years but require a threshold of 30 percent Medicaid encounters (20 percent for pediatricians).
If you're feeling overwhelmed, help is available. Regional extension centers (RECs) provide federally subsidized consulting to help physicians select and implement an EHR system and to meet federal "meaningful use" requirements for EHR incentive eligibility. Primary care physicians and specialists who can attest to providing primary care services are eligible for the consulting services, which cost $300 per year (valued at $5,000). For more information, visit TMA's Texas REC Resource Center.
For answers to questions on these programs or other health information technology (HIT) issues, contact TMA's HIT experts by calling (800) 880-5720, or e-mailing TMA HIT Department.
Action, Feb. 15, 2011