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Last 2012 Medicare EHR reporting period begins Oct. 3

September 4, 2012

The last day on which eligible health care professionals who are entering the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program can begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year (CY) 2012 is Wednesday, Oct. 3.

“For eligible professionals, this means that they must begin their consecutive 90-day reporting period by Oct. 3 in order to attest to meeting meaningful use and be eligible to receive an incentive payment for CY 2012,” U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials noted in an email message to health care practitioners last month.

For health care practitioners who have already completed their reporting period, the CMS has a number of tools available to help prepare for attestation.

Practitioners can use the CMS Eligible Professional Attestation Worksheet (http://tinyurl.com/8enndss) to record their meaningful use measures to have as a reference when attesting for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in the CMS web-based Registration and Attestation System (https:// ehrincentives.cms.gov).

The CMS Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator (www.cms.gov/apps/ehr) and Attestation User Guide for Eligible Professionals (http://tinyurl.com/96el9ht) can also help health care professionals to successfully attest to meeting meaningful use.

“The CMS encourages EPs not to miss the opportunity to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program this year. Begin your reporting period by Oct. 3 to get on the path to payment for calendar year 2012,” agency officials said.

Health care professionals can find other important dates related to the EHR Incentive Program using the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Milestone Timeline (http:// tinyurl.com/8dsufkn), or reviewing the “Important Dates” section of the CMS EHR Incentive Programs’ Overview page (http://tiny url.com/93383wf).

For additional information about the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs, visit the EHR Incentive Programs website (http://tinyurl.com/CMSEHR) or check the latest news and updates on the AOA website EHR page (www.aoa.org/EHR).

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