October 3, 2012 is the final day for eligible professionals to being their 90–day reporting period for CY 2012 for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Those who successfully report can earn an incentive payment of up to $18,000 in 2012 and up to $44,000 over a 5–year period. To qualify for the 2012 incentive payment, an eligible professional must register and successfully demonstrate "meaningful use" for a consecutive 90–day period in the first year of participation. This means that the final 90 days of the year to demonstrate Meaningful Use are October 3 through December 31, 2012.
The Medicare EHR Incentive Program will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Incentive amounts will begin decreasing but are still available for eligible professionals who begin participation in 2013 and 2014. Participating neurologists must implement and demonstrate meaningful use through certified EHR technology, as defined by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. View certified EHR systems and modules.
The following steps must be complete to earn the Medicare EHR Incentive payment:
Be prepared with your national provider identifier (NPI) number and national plan and provider enumeration system (NPPES) user ID and password throughout the registration and attestation process.
For a full EHR Incentive Program Timeline, visit the CMS 2011–2013 Health Information Technology Timeline. To learn more about Meaningful Use, visit the AAN's EHR Incentive Program webpage.