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Medicare Cost Report and Electronic Health Records (EHR)

The Medicare cost report has gain increasing importance as a result of Electronic Health Records (EHR) incentive payments.

There are a number of EHR calculators that will help you determine your Medicare reimbursement, but I want to discuss the data elements needed to calculate the incentive payments. But first, let’s review the EHR formula:

Elctronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Formula Calculation

Elctronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Formula Calculation

This, the formula requires us to know:

1. The total # of discharges, which we can obtain from S-3, Part I.
2. The total number of Medicare A days, which we obtain from S-3, Part I.
3. The total number of Medicare C (choice) days, which we obtain from S-3, Part I.
4. The total charges, which we obtain from C, Part I.
5. The total charity care charges, which we obtain from S-10.

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