Physicians have until March 31st to take action to qualify for federal electronic health records (EHR) incentive funds:

Physicians participating in the Medicare EHR incentive program will have until March 31, 2014, to receive an incentive payment for the 2013 program year, and avoid the 2015 payment adjustment. CMS had extended the deadline from February 28, 2014. This extension will allow more time for providers to submit their meaningful use data. You may use the registration and attestation system to submit your attestation for meaningful use for the 2013 reporting year.  Click here to access the registration and attestation system, or visit www.cms.gov and select the EHR Incentive Programs link under the Regulations & Guidance tab, and then select the Registration & Attestation link on the left.

Physicians participating in the Medi-Cal EHR incentive program will have until March 31, 2014, to apply for payments for the 2013 program year. After that date, the State Level Registry (SLR) will no longer accept 2013 applications. Physicians who are attesting to adopting, implementing or upgrading certified EHRs for the 2014 program year can currently apply to the SLR for incentive payments, but the SLR will not begin accepting 2014 meaningful use attestations until late spring or early summer. For more information and updates, visit the SLR website at www.medi-cal.ehr.ca.gov.

In addition, to assist members in qualifying for EHR incentives and avoiding future penalties, the ACCMA will be hosting a free webinar on stage 2 meaningful use and how to avoid Medicare penalties. This webinar will take place April 7, 2014, and will explain key timelines and deadlines for Meaningful Use attestation and avoidance of Medicare penalties; major changes required by Stage 2 Meaningful Use; and HIPAA requirements for Stage 2. Click here to register for this webinar or contact the ACCMA at (510) 654-5383.

The CMA is also asking physicians who currently use EHRs to evaluate satisfaction by completing a survey on EHR functionality. Your participation will help inform CMA policy and advocacy efforts around EHRs and EHR usability by identifying the problems our physicians face when using such systems. The survey can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CMA_EHR.