Frequently Asked Questions


[EHR Incentive Programs] In order to receive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, does a provider have to be enrolled in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS)?

In order to receive Medicare EHR incentive payments, EPs, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must have an enrollment record in PECOS with an APPROVED status. Medicaid EPs do not have to be in PECOS. It is possible to receive payment for Medicare claims and not be in approved status. We encourage all providers to verify their status as soon as possible.

There are three ways to verify that you have an enrollment record in PECOS:

1. Check the Ordering Referring Report on the CMS website. If you are on that report, you have a current enrollment record in PECOS. Go to, click on "Ordering Referring Report" on the left.

2. Use Internet-based PECOS to look for your PECOS enrollment record. If no record is displayed, you do not have an enrollment record in PECOS. Go to, click on "Internet-based PECOS" on the left.

3. Contact your designated Medicare enrollment contractor and ask if you have an enrollment record in PECOS. Go to, click on "Medicare Fee-For-Service Contact Information" under "Downloads."

If you are not in PECOS, the best way to submit your application is through internet-based PECOS.  For more information go to:

Indian Health Service (IHS) providers who submit a paper CMS-855 will have their enrollment information entered into PECOS.

For more information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please visit


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