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EHR Incentives Registration Begins January 3

Andrea Kraynak, CPC, for HealthLeaders Media, December 23, 2010

Registration is required for program participation. According to the CMS EHR incentive program website, most hospitals will need the following:

  • A national provider identifier (NPI)
  • A National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) account
  • An enrollment record in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS)
  • CMS Identity and Access Management (I&A) system user identification (ID) and password
  • CMS certification number (CCN)
  • Hospital tax ID number

Eligible professionals need:

  • An NPI
  • An NPPES account
  • An enrollment record in the PECOS. (Note: This is unnecessary for those registering for the Medicaid program only.)
  • Payee tax ID number (for those reassigning benefits)
  • Payee NPI (for those reassigning benefits)

In addition to registration, eligible providers must employ certified EHR technology and demonstrate meaningful use of the technology. It is unnecessary for providers to identify their certified EHR technology during registration, however, the information is required for attestation.

“All providers (eligible professionals and eligible hospitals) need to be sure they have an NPI, which can take some effort to obtain; and, if they don’t already, integrated delivery networks need to make sure they understand what their CCN number means in terms of whether their hospitals are treated as one or many for the incentives,” according to Margret Amatayakul, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CPHIT, CPEHR, CPHIE, FHIMSS, president of Margret\A Consulting, LLC in Schaumburg, IL.

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