Physicians participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest every year of the five-year program to continue receiving meaningful use incentive payments. Attestation is the process by which a physician proves to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that he or she meaningfully uses an EHR.
Physicians participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program can skip years during the attestation process. The six-year Medicaid EHR Incentive Program pays out until 2021. Physicians can attest now and then skip a couple of years before having to attest for their second year of the program. The caveat in waiting too long is that physicians would have to comply with the more-advanced stages of meaningful use.
The EHR incentive program is complex in requiring physicians to meet varied and more difficult stages as they progress through the multiyear program. To help, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) established regional extension centers (RECs) to provide onsite HIT consulting in physician practices. For details on REC services, visit the REC Resource Center on the TMA website.
For questions regarding attestation or other HIT needs, contact TMA's Department of Health Information Technology at (800) 880-5720 or by email.
Action, Aug. 1, 2012