Meaningful Use Mondays – More 90 Day Reporting Period Details

As a follow-up to last week’s Meaningful Use Monday, the following are a few more clarifications related to the 90-day reporting period for a provider’s first payment year:

  • Although the reporting period is tied to the first payment year for a particular provider, the incentives remain attached to the calendar year. The amounts of the incentive payments are specified in ARRA and do not change depending on when a provider chooses to begin demonstrating meaningful use.
  • Providers will be eligible for the maximum total of $44,000 (Medicare) over the 5-year period if their first payment year is either 2011 or 2012.
  • Any continuous 90-day period within the calendar year is acceptable, e.g., January to March, June to August, or October to December—but November to January would not be acceptable because it spans two different calendar years.
  • If a provider demonstrates meaningful use for any 90 days during his/her first year—even if it is as early as January to March—the next reporting period for that provider would be January to December of the following calendar year.

Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EMR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money.

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Lynn Scheps

Lynn Scheps

Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money.

2 Comments

  • Can the 90 consecutive days be ANY 90 days? Example: 8/15/2011 to 11/12/2011

    OR are the “normally recognized quarters” the only allowe 90 day periods, 10/3/2011 to 12/31/2011?

    This is source of “discussion” in our medical group’s “Core Group People for all things Meaningful Use”.

    Thank you for your time.

  • Hi Jan,
    My understanding is that it can be any 90 consecutive days. Luckily, Lynn gets these messages as well. So, she can correct me if I’m wrong.

    It makes sense that it could be any 90 days. First, because they don’t want all the attestations all at once. Second, they wouldn’t want to have you pushed up against the last day of the year to satisfy the requirements.

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