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Feb. 28 is deadline for Medicare Part B claims submission under EHR Incentive Program

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Eligible professionals, including physicians, have until the end of the month to submit any pending Medicare Part B claims from calendar year 2012 under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

Eligible professionals (EPs), including physicians, have until the end of the month to submit any pending Medicare Part B claims from calendar year 2012 under the Medicare [Electronic Health Record (EHR)] Incentive Program, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reminded EPs in its latest Medicare FFS Provider e-newsletter.

CMS allows 60 days after the end of the calendar year for all pending claims to be processed.

Medicare's EHR Incentive Program pays EPs 75% of the Part B allowed charges for the covered professional services they provide during the entire payment year. Those not meeting the $24,000 threshold in Part B allowed charges by the end of 2012 will receive an incentive payment in March equal to 75% of the EP's Part B charges from 2012, according to CMS.

EPs who participated in the incentive program last year also must complete attestation for the 2012 program year by February 28. To be eligible to attest, an EP must have completed his or her 2012 reporting period by the end of the year.

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program participants should contact the Medicaid agency in the state in which they practice for more information about payment under that program.

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