G8447 was a Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) code used to indicate the patient encounter was documented using a certified electronic health record (EHR). As of Jan. 1, this is a deleted code, and that particular PQRS measure is now retired.
A few practices have contacted TMA thinking that reporting this G-code qualified them for the EHR incentive program and entitled them to a bonus. That is not the case. The EHR incentive program requires attestation to meaningful use measures. Please see instructions for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. TMA also has an EHR Incentive Program Resource Center that compiles resources to help physicians.
TMA recognizes the complexities of compliance with the EHR incentive program and recommends physicians contact their local regional extension center (REC), established by the Office of the National Coordinator to 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 on the TMA website.
Questions may be directed to the TMA Health Information Technology Department by telephone at (800) 880-5720 or by email.
Action, Feb. 10, 2013