Eligible Professionals (EPs) can register any time prior to—or at the same time as—attestation. EPs only have to register once for the duration of the program, unless they want to change any of their information or switch from the Medicaid to the Medicare Incentives Program.
National Provider Identifier (NPI)
National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) web user account
NPPES user ID and password are used to log in to the registration system
Selection of Medicare or Medicaid incentives program
For Medicare providers, enrollment in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) is required
For Medicaid providers, select your state and continue on its EHR Incentives site
Social Security Number
Taxpayer ID to which incentive payment should be made, i.e., EP’s SSN or Group’s EIN (Note: EP can receive the payment directly only if he/she has not reassigned Medicare benefits in PECOS.)
Populated from NPPES, but EPs can make changes if desired
EHR Certification ID: Optional at registration, required at attestation
How to Authorize a Surrogate to Attest for EP:
In response to numerous requests from the provider community, CMS allows physicians to assign a third party to complete the registration and attestation process for them, i.e., “work on behalf of the EP.” This person must have an Identity and Access (I&A) management system web user account (user ID and password) and be associated to the EP’s NPI. There is a link to create a login for the I&A system within the EHR Incentives registration process.
Attestation is the process by which Eligible Professionals (EPs) report to CMS that they have met the measures required to demonstrate meaningful use and therefore qualify for the incentive payment. Attestation is based on the honor system – however incentives are subject to potential pre- or post-payment audits. EPs attest on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System—the same system used for registration.
When to Attest:
EPs attest at the conclusion of each reporting period. At the end of the attestation process, EPs are advised whether their attestation is accepted (i.e., successful) or rejected.
Note: For continuing MU participants, the attestation deadline for the 2016 program year will be February 28, 2017. First-time attesters may report for any continuous 90-day period in 2016, and the Medicare Attestation System will be available to these providers beginning July 5, 2016. First-time attesters who submit by October 1, 2016 will avoid the 2017 and 2018 penalties. If they attest by February 28, 2017, they will avoid only 2018 penalties.