In order to begin receiving government incentive payments for achieving meaningful use of an EMR system, you must first register for meaningful use with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

To register with the CMS and begin attesting to meaningful use, you must complete these three main steps:

1. Find your vendor’s EHR certification number

2. Create a login for the Registration and Attestation System

3. Register your EHR

 

1. Find your vendor’s EHR certification number

If you do not have your EMR or EHR certification number, you can look it up on the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL). This is a comprehensive list of EHR and EMR systems that have been certified by the ONC HIT Certification Program.

You can search this list by vendor or product name. When you find your EHR system, click “add to cart” (you will not be charged for it) and you will be shown the CMS EHR certification ID. You may want to print this page out as you will need the certification number later.

If you can not access the EHR certification ID, make sure you have selected the right EHR software. You may have selected the modular EHR product instead of the complete EHR product. If your EMR or EHR system does not have a certification number, you will not be able to register it for meaningful use and receive incentive payments.

 

2. Create a login for the Registration and Attestation System

Create a login ID and password on the CMS EHR Incentive Program site. Log in and enter your National Provider Identifier (NPI) number. If you do not have an NPI number, you can apply for one at the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES)

This login step can be done anytime before you are ready to register your EHR.

 

3. Register your EHR

On the CMS EHR Incentive Program site, register your EHR system by clicking on the “Register” tab and selecting the program type. It will ask if you have a certified EHR, click “Yes.” Select the type of provider you are and enter in your EHR certification ID. Lastly, select the type of entity that will be receiving the government incentive payments.

Confirm that all of the information you have entered is correct on the confirmation page. If everything is correct, submit the registration. You will receive another confirmation page, which you should save for future reference.

 

You have now finished registering to receive government EHR incentive payments! Next, you must ensure your EHR system is achieving meaningful use, then you can attest to meaningful use.