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Solutions: Overcoming Challenges to Meaningful Use in Practices

Providers Have Meaningful Use Registration Difficulties Due to Errors in PECOS or NPPES

Providers who attempt to register for the EHR Meaningful Use incentive program encounter may problems completing the registration process. Delays related to incorrect data may cause providers to miss deadlines for attesting to Meaningful Use. The National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) provides online registration for a National Provider Identifier (NPI); the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) collects information for Medicare billing.


  1. Apply for an NPI if the provider does not already have one
  2. Register in PECOS if the provider is not already registered
  3. Start the EHR Incentive Program registration process
    Providers should register early, before starting the reporting period and well before attestation deadlines. After logging into the CMS website for EHR Incentive Program registration, go to the Registration tab and start entering information. Users can save data at each step, go back and revise data on previous screens, and exit and return later to finish registration or make changes.
  4. Address any problems with EHR Incentive Program registration data
    If necessary, contact the appropriate department to request correction of the provider's information. After this is resolved in the registration system, finish the registration process and validate that the submission was successful.