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That feels like it should be said with a German accent. But seriously, the date for registration for Medicare’s EHR incentive payment program begins on January 3, 2011. According to a report on MassDevice.com, the CMS and the ONCHIT (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) have announced key milestones for implementation of the incentive program’s first year:

  • Jan. 3, 2011 — Registration for the Medicare EHR incentive program begins.
  • Jan. 3, 2011 —States that are ready may launch their incentive programs for Medicaid providers.
  • January 2011 — Some state agencies begin issuing Medicaid EHR incentive payments.
  • April 2011 — Attestation for the Medicare EHR incentive program begins.
  • May 2011 — Issuing of Medicare EHR incentive payments expected to begin.
  • July 3, 2011 — Last day for eligible hospitals to begin their 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR incentive program for federal FY 2011.
  • Sept. 30, 2011 — Federal FY 2011 payment year ends at midnight for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs).
  • Oct. 3, 2011 — Last day for eligible professionals to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year 2011 to demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR incentive program.
  • Nov. 30, 2011 — Last day for eligible hospitals and CAHs to register and attest to receive an incentive payment for federal fiscal year 2011.
  • Dec. 31, 2011 — Calendar 2011 payment year ends for eligible professionals

Jot these dates down, or bookmark that page. In addition, we will be keeping you up-to-date with these milestones in the coming months.

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