Looking for Your EHR Incentive Payment?

A colleague who attested for Stage 1 Meaningful Use sent me an email stating:

I just learned that I “passed” the attestation process for meaningful use, but I won’t get any money until I hit the $24,000 allowable charge threshold.

Sure enough, a few days later, he evidently did hit the $24,000 threshold and received an email from CMS which stated:

Although you have attested successfully as a meaningful user of EHR technology, you had not billed the maximum of allowed charges ($24,000) at the time of submission. This means you were not included in the first round of payments from CMS. Since the time of submission,  you have billed the $24,000 in allowed charges and are eligible for the full payment of $18,000. Your payment has been entered into the system by CMS and you will receive payment within the next 6 to 8 weeks at the most.

CMS provides an explanation in this FAQ. The FAQ also explains that:

Payments to Medicare EPs will be made to the taxpayer identification number (TIN) selected at the time of registration, through the same channels their claims payments are made. The form of payment (electronic funds transfer or check) will be the same as claims payments.

What has been your experience with Meaningful Use attestation and the EHR incentive payment process?

This post is the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP does not endorse a specific EHR brand or product and ACP makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided herein.

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