In order to qualify to receive Meaningful Use incentive payments, a provider MUST participate in either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Providers can only participate in one program, although they will have a one-time option to switch programs. Providers will need to register for the program in which they wish to participate.
In order to qualify as an Eligible Professional (EP) under Medicare, providers must be doctors of medicine or osteopathy, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists or chiropractors. In order to qualify as an EP under Medicaid, providers must be physicians, dentists, certified nursemidwives, nurse practitioners or physician assistants (PAs) working in a FQHC or rural health clinic led by a PA.
In order to participate in the EHR Incentive Program an EP must register. You will need to register for the program in which you wish to participate. Medicare and initial Medicaid registration can be found at http://cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms. Additional registration may be required with your state's Medicaid program if you are electing to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
There are three main components of Meaningful Use, as defined by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA):
A provider cannot earn incentive payments from both Medicaid and Medicare programs at the same time. An EP may switch programs once and only once; EPs in a group practice can mix and match.