Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record ("EHR") Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services ("CMS") extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. CMS continues to urge providers to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as they can.
This extension also allows eligible professionals, who have not already used their one “switch”, to switch programs (from Medicare to Medicaid, or vice versa) for the 2014 payment year until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015. After that time, eligible professionals will no longer be able to switch programs.
Medicare eligible professionals must attest to meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a payment adjustment. Providers who successfully attest for the 2014 program year will:
- Receive an incentive payment
- Avoid the Medicare payment adjustment, which will be applied January 1, 2016
Note: The Medicare extension does not affect deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Additionally, the EHR reporting option for PQRS has been extended until March 20, 2015.
For help, call the EHR Information Center: 1-888-734-6433
The following infographic from athenahealth, titled, "Meaningful Use: On the Road to Attestation," presents results from a survey of over 1,400 Epocrates members who shared their concerns and progress on their way to meaningful use success.
A full-sized version may be accessed here (click image to enlarge).