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Reminder: Nov. 30 deadline to register and attest for 'meaningful use'

November 16, 2012

Hospitals that seek to receive a Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program payment for fiscal year 2012 have until Nov. 30 to complete their online registration and attestation through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' website. To receive an incentive payment, a hospital must use certified EHR technology, meet the meaningful use criteria and submit the required quality measurement data generated by certified EHR technology to CMS. If a hospital is attesting to meaningful use for the first time, it must report on a continuous 90-day period that ended on or before Sept. 30. If a hospital is attesting to meaningful use for the second time, the reporting period covers all of FY 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012). Given the complexities of the process, AHA encourages all hospitals to register now, and those attesting for FY 2012 to do so well in advance of the Nov. 30 deadline. Hospitals should check with their state Medicaid programs on requirements related to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.