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CMS Adds Third Party Registration/Attestation Option for the EHR Incentive Program

Yesterday marked the beginning of the earliest possible attestation for participants that began compliance with the EHR Incentive Program (or “meaningful use”) in early January 2011. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are interested in getting as many early attestations as possible to compile and analyze the participation data; however, there is no added benefit to individual physicians (other than an earlier bonus) for attesting early on. In fact, participating physicians who attest near the end of 2012 will receive the same incentive dollars as those who attest now.

More important than the start of attestation, CMS added a new option for third parties to register and attest on behalf of eligible professionals (EPs). Until yesterday, individual physicians were advised by CMS to register and attest for themselves because of concerns associated with sharing an EP’s National Plan & Provider Enumeration System account information with a third party.

Those registering/attesting on behalf of an EP must have an Identity and Access Management System user account and be associated with the EP’s National Provider Identifier. CMS recently updated its Attestation User Guide to include information about this new option.

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