CMS Grants Eligible Professionals More Time for EHR Attestations

February 25, 2015 in News

On Wednesday, CMS announced that it has extended the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to the Medicare meaningful use 2014 reporting period, Health Data Management reports.

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 2/25).

Attestation Delay Details

The new deadline for eligible professionals is March 20, pushed back from the original Feb. 28 deadline (Dvorak, FierceEMR, 2/25).

CMS said it extended the deadline to “allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data,” adding that the agency continues to encourage providers to start attesting for the 2014 reporting year as soon as possible. Eligible professionals who do not attest by the new deadline could face a payment adjustment beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

CMS said that deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program are not affected by the extension.

However, CMS said that the new March 20 deadline applies to eligible professionals who wish to switch from the Medicare program to the Medicaid program — or vice versa — for the 2014 payment year.

Quality Reporting Delay Details

Meanwhile, CMS on Wednesday also announced that it has delayed until March 20 the EHR reporting deadline for the Physician Quality Reporting System 2014 reporting period (Health Data Management, 2/25). In a release, CMS said the new deadline applies to two reporting methods:

  • EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor using certified EHR technology; and
  • Qualified clinical data registries reporting for both PQRS and the clinical quality measure component of meaningful use for the Medicare program.

PQRS provides an incentive payment to individual eligible professionals and group practices that participate or report quality measure data for covered Medicare services. Eligible professionals who fail to meet the 2014 PQRS reporting requirements by the new deadline could face a negative payment adjustment on certain Medicare Part services beginning in 2016 (CMS release, 2/25).

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