Begin Meaningful Use to Avert Penalties. If you can show meaningful use, February 28, 2013, is the last day to complete attestation for payment year 2012. 2013 and 2014 are the last year that eligible professionals (EPs) who see Medicare patients can earn incentive payments. If a Medicare EP qualifies to receive a first payment in 2013, the amount is $15,000 or a percentage of billed Medicare claims. If you see Medicare or Medicaid patients and fail to meet meaningful use requirements, there are penalties: 1% in 2015, rising to 3% in 2019.
For additional information concerning meaningful use, visit www.cms.gov.