Meaningful use incentive program dates

• Oct. 1, 2010 — Reporting year began for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs).

• Jan. 1, 2011 — Reporting year began for eligible professionals.

• Jan. 3, 2011 — Registration for the Medicare EHR incentive program began.

• Jan. 3, 2011 — For Medicaid providers, states may launch their programs if they so choose.

• April 2011 — Attestation for the Medicare EHR incentive program begins.

• May 2011 — EHR incentive payments expected to begin.

• July 3, 2011 — Last day for eligible hospitals to begin their 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR incentive program.

• Sept. 30, 2011 — Last day of the federal fiscal year. Reporting year ends for eligible hospitals and CAHs.

• Oct. 1, 2011 — Last day for eligible professionals to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year 2011 for the Medicare EHR incentive program.

• Nov. 30, 2011 — Last day for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to register and attest to receive an incentive payment for federal fiscal year (FY) 2011.

• Dec. 31, 2011 — Reporting year ends for eligible professionals.

• Feb. 29, 2012 — Last day for eligible professionals to register and attest to receive an incentive payment for calendar year (CY) 2011.