Deadline Extended for Appealing Medicare EHR Bonus

Physicians who believe they were incorrectly denied a Medicare bonus for using an electronic health record (EHR) system last year have a few more weeks to appeal their case.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is extending the deadline for such eligibility appeals from March 31 to April 30. In 2011, CMS began paying bonuses to physicians and other clinicians who demonstrated meaningful use of an EHR system. They can receive up to $44,000 under Medicare over 5 years or up to $64,000 under Medicaid over 6 years in the incentive program, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The new deadline applies only to EHR bonuses under Medicare.

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