The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Program requires the adoption and implementation of certified EHR technology(CEHRT). Standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for certified EHR technology have been adopted by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Electronic health record technology must be tested and certified by an Office of the National Coordinator-authorized testing and certification body, (ATCB) in order to qualify for EHR incentive payments. Additionally, for providers and hospitals to receive incentive payments (that help offset the costs of implementing EHR technology), they must attest to the meaningful use of their CEHRT by meeting objectives outlines by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In order to be eligible for this program, providers must ensure their EHR technology has been tested and certified by an ONC ATCB for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. To meet meaningful use (MU) in 2014 and beyond, all providers and hospitals must upgrade their software to 2014 standards outlined by the CMS.
Providers and hospitals must adopt, implement or upgrade their CEHRT to receive a first-year incentive payment under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Providers and hospitals must attest to the objectives and measures in MU for each subsequent year in order to continue to meet MU and receive payments. Similarly, providers and hospitals participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, must attest in the first year and continue meeting MU thresholds in all subsequent years to receive EHR incentive payments.