EHR Incentive Programs
A program of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Today, CMS released a final rule that allows providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.

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Free SFREC Webinar:
Deep-dive Into Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Are you a provider participating in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use in 2014? Join us on June 20th from 12:00 to 12:45 to learn more about what is required to fulfill Stage 2 requirements this year and avoid future payment adjustments

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Achieving Meaningful Use in 2014

Learn about the changes and requirements that are unique to the EHR incentive in 2014. In part 1 of our 2 part series, we will be discussing the 2014 program standards, the differences between the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs, as well as a brief overview of the Meaningful Use objectives.


Eligible Professionals: Hardship Exception Applications due July 1, 2014

Are you a Medicare provider who was unable to successfully demonstrate meaningful use for 2013 due to circumstances beyond your control? CMS is accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment for the 2013 reporting year.

Payment adjustments for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will begin on January 1, 2015 for eligible professionals.

However, you can avoid the adjustment by completing a hardship exception application and providing supporting documentation that proves demonstrating meaningful use would be a significant hardship for you. CMS will review applications to determine whether or not you are granted a hardship exception.

CMS has posted hardship exception applications on the EHR website for:

  • Eligible professionals
  • Eligible professionals submitting multiple National Provider Identifiers (NPIs)

Applications for the 2015 payment adjustments are due July 1, 2014 for eligible professionals. If approved, the exception is valid for one year.

New Hardship Exception Tipsheets

You can also avoid payment adjustments by successfully demonstrating meaningful use prior to the payment adjustment. Tipsheets are available on the CMS website that outline when eligible professionals must demonstrate meaningful use in order to avoid the payment adjustments.

Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs?

Make sure to visit the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs

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MU Adjustments Based on Two Years of Activity

The clock is ticking for Medicare eligible professionals scrambling to avoid "fee adjustments" for failure to adopt electronic health record (EHR) technology. The penalties are based on meaningful use activity two years prior. So, providers will need to have their act together in 2013 to avoid fee adjustments in 2015.  


Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs

This July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that more than 300,000 providers have received payment for successfully participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. We also recently released new data demonstrating how doctors and other health care providers have been able to use EHRs to increase efficiency in their practices while safeguarding privacy and improving care for millions of patients nationwide. 


National Learning Consortium (NLC) Resources: Secure Electronic Messaging

The NLC resources are examples of tools that are used in the field today, and that are recommended by "boots on the ground" professionals. The NLC, in partnership with, shares this collective EHR implementation knowledge and resources throughout this site. These FAQs address patient questions about secure electronic messaging.


Plan Ahead: Review Upcoming eHealth Milestones Using New eHealth Interactive Timeline

CMS posted a new interactive timeline that highlights key 2013 and 2014 milestones for its eHealth programs. The timeline helps you identify key program dates and corresponding required actions, as well as resources to help you complete each milestone.


EHR Certification Guidance Offered for '"Ineligible' Providers

While the Medicare/Medicaid meaningful use incentive program has driven significant EHR adoption by health care providers, there remains a broad swath of care providers who are ineligible for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments.


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EHR Market Poised for Shakeout

The EHR landscape, many health care professionals are discovering, is littered with software programs that do not interoperate, integrate or even interface with each other. Critics cite a range of reasons — from technological challenges to proprietary and financially driven issues.