CMS Determined To Simplify Collections Of “Meaningful Use” Incentives For Providers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the expansion of its Medicare Provider Enrollment system.  The expansion will make it easier for physicians and medical practices to register for Medicare and take advantage of the “meaningful use” incentives offered under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act).

Under the HITECH Act, providers that can demonstrate “meaningful use” of a certified EHR will become eligible for substantial bonuses (in excess of $44,000).  To qualify for the bonuses, providers must satisfy 15 core requirements and an additional 5 requirements that they can choose from a “menu” of 10.  Hospitals must comply with 14 core requirements and an additional 5 “menu” requirements in order to qualify.

CMS has provided a $1.6 million contract to CGI Federal, Inc. to develop the necessary supplementary functions for its Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS), which manages, tracks, and validates the enrollment of providers and suppliers in the Medicare program.  The Internet-based PECOS replaces the CMS paper enrollment application and enables providers to view or change enrollment information,
track enrollment applications through the web submission process, add or change a reassignment of benefits, submit changes to existing Medicare enrollment information, reactivate an existing enrollment record and withdraw from the Medicare Program.  According to the Federal Business Opportunities website, the modification of the PECOS system will take about 10 months.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the final rule on what constitutes “meaningful use” of an EHR in mid-July. View the final rule.

View MTBC’s free webinar on the final “meaningful use” requirements.