Earlier this month, CMS reminded eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and eligible CAHs of the upcoming deadlines to take advantage of the federal financial incentives made available under HITECH by registering for and attesting to Meaningful Use of EHR. Note that providers may register for the financial incentive program before they have a certified EHR, and can also register if they do not have an enrollment record in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). However, under the final EHR incentive program regulations, in order to receive financial incentive payments for the current year, a provider needs to have registered and attested to meaningful use on or before the following deadlines:

Medicare Hospitals: Last day for Medicare-eligible hospitals and CAHs to register and attest to receive an EHR incentive payment for federal fiscal year 2011 is November 30, 2011.    

Medicare Physicians: Last day for Medicare EPs to register and attest to receive an EHR incentive payment for calendar year 2011 is February 29, 2012.    

State Medicaid: Each state may have different registration and attestation deadlines for its Medicaid EHR incentive program. For information on a particular state, please contact your Baker Hostetler attorney.