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Registration

Am I eligible for an EHR incentive program?

Do providers register only once for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, or must they register every year?

Do I need to have an EHR system in order to register for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs?

Can EPs receive EHR incentive payments from both the Medicare and Medicaid programs?

Medicare EHR Incentive Program

What is the maximum total payment an eligible professional (EP) can earn under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program?

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

What is the maximum total payment an eligible professional (EP) can receive under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program?

Under the Medicaid EHR incentive program, if an EP "adopts, implements or upgrades" to certified EHR technology (AIU) in January 2012 and gets the AIU payment in 2012, can the EP use a 90-day period in 2012 to report on EHR meaningful use (MU) for a 2013 Year 1 MU payment?

EHR Systems (Certified EHR Technology)

What type of EHR software should I choose?

How do I know if my EHR system is certified?

My electronic health record (EHR) system is CCHIT certified. Does that mean it is certified for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs?

Must providers have their electronic health record (EHR) technology certified prior to beginning the EHR reporting period?

Meaningful Use

What is meaningful use, and how does it apply to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs?

How should EPs select menu objectives for the EHR Incentive Programs?

Who is responsible for demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology, the provider or the vendor?

Is meaningful use always a requirement to receive EHR incentive payments?

Reporting Period

What is the reporting period for EPs participating in the EHR incentive programs?

Attestation (Applying for an Incentive Payment)

How will EPs and eligible hospitals apply for incentives under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program?

When can EPs begin to attest to meaningful use of certified EHR technology for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs?

Payments

When will CMS begin to pay Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentives to eligible professionals (EPs)?

Help and Assistance

Where can I find a consultant to help me with EHR technology for an EHR incentive program?

Miscellaneous Questions

Are there any special incentives for rural providers in the EHR Incentive Programs?

Am I located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)?

If an eligible professional (EPs) is currently receiving an incentive payment for e-prescribing under MIPPA, are they also eligible to receive incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program?

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