Window of Opportunity Closing for Full Meaningful Use Incentives for Radiologists
Radiologists nationwide, who receive at least $24,000 per year in CMS payments, are eligible for up to $44,000 in bonus payments per physician over the next 5 years. To qualify for Medicare’s incentive, radiologists must provide at least 10% of services in an outpatient setting to include: urgent care, independent clinics and offices defined by CMS place of service (POS) codes. Medicaid requires patient volumes to be at least 30% “needy individuals.” This 3 stage program began enrollment in 2011 and the last day to begin using certified technology to qualify for full payment is October 1, 2012. Incentives drop and penalties take effect in 2015 for qualifying practices and facilities.
What is meaningful use?
Created from the HITECH provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Meaningful Use refers to the voluntary CMS incentive programs for eligible professionals and hospitals encouraging use of certified EHR technology in a certain way to achieve healthcare objectives. It is determined by satisfaction of a variety of functional measures using certified EHR technology. This includes 15 mandatory core set functional measures and 10 discretionary measures. Eligible radiology professionals must choose 5 of the 10 discretionary measures including 1 of 2 public health measures.
How do I start?
First, verify access to certified EHR technology where you provide your services. The office of National Coordinator for HIT’s product testing and certification process confirms that the technology is able to facilitate satisfaction of the measures. Certified products can be found at:
Last, report successful compliance to CMS via attestation through an online process. Participants attest to numerators, denominators, and exclusions for all meaningful measures, as well as provide a variety of other administrative information. Documentation supporting their demonstration of meaningful use must be saved for CMS’ auditing purposes for six years. Reporting is completed through the same registration site: