The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reminds physicians and other non-hospital providers that Oct. 3 is the last day for eligible professionals to begin their 90-day reporting period for the first year of Stage 1 electronic health records meaningful use incentive payments.

The reporting year for eligible professionals ends on Dec. 31, and Feb. 29, 2012, is the last day for eligible professionals to register and attest to receive an incentive payment for calendar year 2011. CMS encourages early registration and not waiting until ready to attest in case problems arise during the registration process.

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