Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program

This program provides incentive payments to eligible professionals and facilities as they implement certified electronic health record technology and demonstrate meaningful use of the EHR.

  • February 28, 2015 is the attestation deadline for Medicare eligible professionals.
  • The incentive payment is 75% of a provider's Medicare allowed charges, up to $44,000 over 5 consecutive years, and there is an additional incentive for those who practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
  • EPs must have begun their EHR process by 2014 to receive EHR incentive payments; the final incentive payment year is 2016.

Penalties for Non-Participation

In 2015, payment adjustments of -1% per year will begin for providers who are eligible for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program but decided not to participate.

  • Depending on the total number of Medicare EPs who participate after 2018, the maximum cumulative payment adjustment is -5%.
  • Meaningful use of the EHR technology must be demonstrated in order to receive the incentive.

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The International Spine Intervention Society provides this information for educational purposes only and always recommends that providers consult the CMS Web site for additional information. It is each provider's responsibility to know and to understand the requirements and consequences of each reporting program in which he or she participates.

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