Applying for EHR Incentives

February 21, 2011

At this time, there is no method available for a third-party to register physicians for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.   


This means that physicians are NOT permitted to allow a practice manager, their EMR vendor, or any other person register in their place.  CMS currently operates under the pretext that sharing the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) user ID and password can place the information at risk.  Beginning in May, CMS plans to implement functionality that will allow a physician to designate a third-party to perform the registration.   Until that time, however, the physician must register for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentives.


Remember that in order to qualify,  each physician must also meet Medicare or Medicaid patient volume and place of service thresholds.  As a client of MedFocus, all you need to do is notify us when you are ready to review your qualifying data and we will be happy to provide it for you.


Once you have determined that you qualify, visit the CMS EHR Incentive Program website for more information about each program and to register. 


If you intend to register for the Medicaid program, select "Medicaid" on the registration screen and you will be asked to select a state from the drop-down menu.  Only states with launched programs (i.e. states that are prepared to confirm your eligibility and make payments) are listed in that drop-down menu.



Washington is scheduled to make payments starting in April, 2011.

Oregon is currently scheduled to make payments starting in the summer of 2011. 


For state-specific information, visit the Oregon Medicaid Heath Information Technology Project website, or Washington State Medicaid website. 


One of our strengths at MedFocus is helping clients stay current and compliant with the many changes in medical coding, medical billing and revenue cycle management today.

Contact us to find out more about how we can help you run your practice more easily and maximize your financial success.


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