CMS is hosting a call on Thursday, May 5, from 12:30 to 2 pm for physicians participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to provide information on the attestation process (Registration is available online.)
The CMS call will cover:
- Path to Payment – Highlighting the steps you need to take to receive your incentive payment;
- Walkthrough of the Attestation Process – Guiding you through CMS' web-based attestation system;
- Troubleshooting – Helping you successfully attest through the CMS system;
- Helpful Resources – Reviewing CMS resources available on the EHR website; and
- Q&A – Answering your questions about the attestation process.
If you are not ready to attest, follow these steps to participate in the EHR incentive programs:
- Make sure you're eligible for the EHR incentive programs. View eligibility guidelines on CMS' eligibility page and select the program in which you want to participate.
- Use the services of the Texas regional extension centers (RECs). The RECs provide technical consulting services to help you select, implement, or upgrade an EHR system in your practice. Federal grants aimed at primary care physicians lower the cost of consulting services to $300 per physician. On April 18, in a letter to physicians [PDF], Texas Medicaid formally encouraged Medicaid physicians to engage RECs to receive assistance and technical support.
- Use certified EHR technology. To receive incentive payments, make sure the EHR technology you're using or are considering buying has been certified by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Visit the Certified EHR Technology page for a list of certified products.
- Be a meaningful user. You have to successfully demonstrate "meaningful use" for a consecutive 90-day period in your first year of participation (and for a full year in each subsequent years) under Medicare and for a 90-day period in the second year of participation under Medicaid.
- Attest for incentive payments. To get your EHR incentive payment, you must attest through Medicare's secure website that you've demonstrated meaningful use with certified EHR technology.
TMA has several health information technology (HIT) resources to help you successfully navigate the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs:
Still have a question? Contact the TMA Health Information Technology helpline at (800) 880-5720, or e-mailHIT@texmed.org.
Action, May 2, 2011