To earn EHR incentives, file by Feb. 28

Attention optometrists: If you're participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, you can still receive incentive payments for compliance in 2013 by filing attestations by Feb. 28, 2014.

The reporting year ended Dec. 31, 2013, for eligible health care professionals (EPs) who participated.

However, you have until Feb. 28, 2014, to actually register and attest to meeting meaningful use standards to receive an incentive payment. Use the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System to do so.

Feb. 28 is also the submission deadline to determine your total allowed charges for the year—and your EHR incentive payment. In Medicare, allowed charges are the amount paid by the government plus the amount paid by the patient for the services you perform.

Medicare EHR incentive payments are based on 75 percent of the Part B allowed charges for covered professional services during the entire payment year. So, for example, if you are in the first or second year of the program, you can earn up to a $12,000 incentive if you were paid allowed charges of $16,000.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows 60 days after the end of 2013—Feb. 28—for all pending claims to be processed. Medicare EHR incentive payments for 2013 are expected to be issued no later than April 2014.

February 4, 2014

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