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Do I need to have an electronic health record (EHR) system in order to register for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs?

You do not need to have a certified EHR in order to register for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. However, to receive an incentive payment under the Medicare program, you must attest that you have demonstrated meaningful use of certified EHR technology during the EHR reporting period. For the first year of payment, the EHR reporting period is 90 consecutive days within the calendar year for eligible professionals (EPs) or within the Federal fiscal year for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs).

With regard to the Medicaid EHR Incentive program, for the first year of payment, EPs and hospitals must have adopted, implemented, upgraded certified EHR technology before they can receive an EHR incentive payment from the State. As an alternative to demonstrating that they have adopted, implemented or upgraded certified EHR technology, for the first year of payment, the EP or hospital may demonstrate that they are meaningful users of certified EHR technology for the 90-day EHR reporting period.


For more information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please visit http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms.


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