Preparing Your EHR for 2014

Physicians participating in the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program must upgrade their EHR system to the 2014 certified version before attesting in 2014. Check the Certified Health IT Product List to see if your vendor has updated the product you use. If you do not see your EHR listed, you should ask your vendor about its timeline so that you can adequately prepare and perform testing before going live with the upgrade product.  

Because of the EHR upgrade in 2014, participants of the EHR incentive program are allowed a 90-day reporting period. Unlike the any-90-day period of your first year of participation, the 2014 90-day reporting period is by quarter:   

  • Jan.1 to March 31, 
  • April 1 to June 30,  
  • July 1 to Sept. 30, and  
  • Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. 

If 2014 is your first year to report on meaningful use, you may select any 90-day reporting period.

Physicians needing assistance with the EHR incentive program may receive consulting help from one of four Texas regional extension centers (RECs). The RECs are qualified to help physicians navigate the complexities of the program. Check out TMA's REC Resource Center to find out which REC serves your area. 

For more information about EHRs or other health information technology issues, email TMA's HIT Department or call (800) 880-5720.  


Action, Nov. 15, 2013

 


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