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Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs

About the EHR Incentive Program

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub.L. 111–5) was enacted on February 17, 2009. Title IV of Division B of ARRA amends Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act (the Act) by establishing incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs), and Medicare Advantage Organizations to promote the adoption and meaningful use of interoperable health information technology (HIT) and qualified electronic health records (EHRs). These incentive payments are part of a broader effort under the HITECH Act to accelerate the adoption of HIT and utilization of qualified EHRs.
The Stage 1 final rule set the foundation for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs by establishing requirements for the electronic capture of clinical data, including providing patients with electronic copies of health information.
The Stage 2 final rule expanded upon the Stage 1 criteria with a focus on ensuring that the meaningful use of EHRs supported the aims and priorities of the National Quality Strategy.  Stage 2 criteria encouraged the use of health IT for continuous quality improvement at the point of care and the exchange of information in the most structured format possible.

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Attestations for the 2015 program year will be accepted for all Medicare Eligible Hospitals, Eligible Professionals, and Critical Access Hospitals from January 4, 2016 through February 29, 2016.

All Medicaid Eligible Hospitals, Eligible Professionals and Critical Access Hospitals should refer to their State Medicaid offices for information on attestation timeframes for the 2015 program year.

Coming Soon

The EHR Incentive Programs website will be updated to include new information and resources reflecting the latest requirements for participation.

Dates to Remember

2015 CAH Hardship Application Submission Period January 1, 2016 - February 29, 2016
Medicare Attestation for 2015 EHR Submission Period January 4, 2016 - February 29, 2016
2016 Medicare EP Reconsiderations Application Submission Period January 01, 2016 - February 29, 2016