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EHR Incentive Program Enrollment Starts Soon

CMS clears up flu shot coding confusion.

You’ve heard the advantages of participating in CMS’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (including $44,000 per-physician bonus incentives over a five-year period), but you may not be sure how to enroll.

CMS staffers cleared up that confusion during an Oct. 5 open door forum, where CMS’s Rachel Maisler indicated that you must register on CMS’s EHR incentive program’s Web site, which will open in January 2011 for the Medicare program.

In addition, you must be enrolled in CMS’s PECOS system and have an NPI, and you must use certified EHR technology. You can find details on how to determine which EHR systems are certified on www.healthit.hhs.gov.

Key dates: During the call, CMS reps also announced important dates involved in EHR participation. “Attestation, which is how you will report the objectives and measures for meaningful use and clinical quality measures, will begin in April of 2011, and we expect the first payments will be made in May of 2011,” Maisler said.

Look for Combined Flu Shot

Flu vaccine: Now that the H1N1 immunization is part of the regular flu vaccine, a caller asked the CMS officials whether a new code will be developed to describe the combined flu shot, but CMS officials noted that no such code will be issued.

“We’re continuing to use the same codes as last year, and my understanding is the H1N1 is part of the regular flu vaccine this year, so you’d bill what the appropriate flu vaccine code is,” said CMS’s Amy Bassano, during the call. High-dose flu vaccine code 90662 (Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, preservative free, enhanced immunogenicity via increased antigen content, for intramuscular use) has been added to the roster of codes that can be billed to Medicare, Bassano confirmed.

RACs: Another caller…

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CMS Clarifies Split/Shared Visit Rule Now That Consults Are No Longer Payable

Plus: CMS reps cite current Medicare law and advise that practices should report just one inpatient care code per patient, per day.

Although CMS has eliminated payment for consult codes, it will continue to honor split/shared visits — as long…

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