The New Year is upon us and so is the looming attestation deadline for meaningful use attestation. Are the providers in your organization prepared to attest? In a recent announcement before the close of 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reminds EPs that the last day of December marked the end of the final quarterly 2014 meaningful use reporting period.
“The CMS Attestation System is open and fully operational, and includes the 2014 Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) Flexibility Rule options,” the federal agency explained. “Medicare eligible professionals can attest any time to 2014 data until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 28, 2015.”
The reminder carries with it a warning about meaningful use penalties for EPs who failed this past year:
Medicare eligible professionals that did not successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2014 and do not receive a 2016 hardship exception will have payment adjustments applied beginning January 1, 2016. The application period will open in early January 2015. For more information, please review the payment adjustment tipsheet.
If you are eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, you MUST demonstrate meaningful use to avoid the payment adjustments. You may demonstrate meaningful use under either Medicare or Medicaid.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after CMS revealed that more than 257,000 EPs will receive notice that they are subject to Medicare payment adjustments in 2015 for failing to demonstrate meaningful use in 2013. Perhaps
Also, More than 28,000 EPs will see a two-percent reduction in their 2015 Medicare payments for failure to comply with both the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program as well as the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.
Those payment adjustments for EPs go into effect January 5. As part of the notification, these providers will receive instructions for challenging CMS’s decision. “When they receive the letter, they will receive instructions for how they can apply for reconsideration and we will be taking those applications through the end of February,” the federal agency said.
If you require assistance in meeting the meaningful use attestation requirements call us today at EHR & Practice Management Consultants, Inc. 1-800-376-0212 or firstname.lastname@example.org, we can also assist your practice or healthcare organization to apply for reconsideration.