CMS in Final Stages of Testing Incentive Management Systems

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services is in the final stages of testing health information systems that will act as management systems for incentive payments to healthcare providers participating in the meaningful use program, according to a Government Health IT news report.

The incentive management systems, which will handle the registration, attestation and payments to participating healthcare providers, are set to go live in January. Healthcare providers who want to apply for the incentives must register through CMS' Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System, which available through the agency's website.

CMS said it will update system throughout 2011 and then going forward as the Office of the National Coordinator continues to release criteria for meaningful use.

After healthcare providers enroll in PECOS and receive national provider identifier numbers, CMS will guide participants to an attestation module which will require providers to perform tasks describing how they meet meaningful use requirements. After the attestation and verification, CMS will issue the incentive payments.

Read the Government Health IT news report about PECOS.

Read other coverage about PECOS:

- CMS: Physicians Not Enrolled in Medicare or With Old Information Should Submit Initial Enrollment Form

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