APRIL 2011 
Mark your calendars: The time has come to register.  
Attestation for the Medicare Electronic Medical Record incentive program begins April 18th. This means that those who are ready to receive Medicare incentives for Meaningful Use Stage One can complete their applications.  
Each participating hospital or professional will need to complete their registration for the program. The dedicated portal can be located at: EHR Incentives Login
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid has also published a preview of the application and attestation process so that you can understand the process steps. The preview may differ slightly from the final release. Attestation Sneak Peek
A user guide has also been released. The user guide contains step-by-step instructions for completing the attestation process. There will also be educational webinars about the attestation process. The user guide can be located at: User Guide
Please be reminded that providers are encouraged to begin their 90-day reporting period in time to attest for the Medicare 2011 payment year. The last day to begin the 90-day reporting period for the 2011 incentive payment is July 3, 2011, for eligible hospitals and critical-access hospitals. The final date for eligible professionals to attest is October 1, 2011.  
The Medicaid EHR incentive program participation varies by state, so please reach out to your CareTech Client Executive or email Jim Deren or myself for clarification. You can also review state-specific information at: Medicaid State Info
Please visit the Meaningful Use toolkit on CareTech Central to read about the latest Meaningful Use developments and how these laws might affect our existing and prospective hospital clients. CareTech Central
“The time has come to start confirming your timing to register and attest for incentive payments. Even if your plans are to wait for a year or two, it is still recommended that you start reviewing this information so that you are prepared when the time comes.”
Paula Gwyn
Strategic Planning
CareTech Solutions
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