Before you can register to participate in the Medicare EHR incentive program, you must first be listed in the Medicare provider enrollment database, PECOS.
Registration occurs on an ongoing basis and is available for both individuals and group practices. Group registration does not mean payments will be made at the group level; instead, the intention is to allow practice staff to register multiple physicians at one time. At this time, CMS officials have stated that physicians will need to indicate that they have given permission for staff to register them for this program.
You do not need to register before you begin collecting the data required for program participation. You can register at any point during the reporting period, as long as you do it before you show you have completed the program’s requirements. More information on the registration process is available here. It is important to note that while hospitals may participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs, physicians can only participate in one or the other. Additional information on registration for other provider types and Medicaid can be obtained from the CMS website.