With multiple health information technology (HIT) incentive programs at play right now, physicians should consider deadlines as they make year-end plans.
Feb. 28: Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive program attestation deadline
If you are attesting for the Medicare meaningful use incentive program, you have until Feb. 28 to complete your attestation for payment year 2012. If this is your first year participating in the program, you will report on 90 days of meaningful use. If this is your second payment year, you are reporting on a full calendar year of meaningful use. This includes patient encounters up to Dec. 31, 2012.
Feb. 28: E-prescribing incentive program
If you are submitting claims for the 1 percent e-prescribing bonus for payment year 2012, you have until Feb. 28 to submit the claims with G-code G8553 for Medicare patients whose prescriptions were successfully sent to the pharmacy electronically. As a reminder, physicians must submit prescriptions for 25 different Medicare patients seen in 2012 and report the G-code on the claim form to be eligible.
March 16: Medicaid EHR incentive program attestation deadline
Physicians must complete their meaningful use attestation or certified EHR attestation and be in “payment pending” status by March 16 to receive 2012 payment year incentives.
Do not wait until the last possible day to submit information; last year, there were widespread outages due to a system overload. TMA recommends you have everything complete by Jan. 31, 2013, to avoid last-minute problems that could negate the incentives for which you have worked so hard.
TMA recognizes the complexities of compliance with the HIT incentive programs and encourages you to contact your local regional extension center (REC) established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to specifically help with program compliance. The RECs can help all physicians but may be able to discount services for primary care physicians. Details about the REC program are available through the Texas Regional Extension Center Resource Center on the TMA website.
For more information, call the TMA Health Information Technology Department at (800) 880-5720 or email HIT. And to stay up-to-date with all the looming regulatory deadlines, check-in often at TMA's Calendar of Doom.
Action, Dec. 17, 2012