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CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline to March 11

This meaningful use attestation deadline extension gives providers about two extra weeks to attest to the program.

By Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its meaningful use attestation deadline for the EHR meaningful use programs.

Originally slated for the end of February, the meaningful use deadline has now been extended until March 11, 2016.

Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals attesting to the Medicare meaningful use programs may do so on the online Registration and Meaningful Use Attestation System. Most providers attesting to the Medicaid meaningful use programs may consult their state Medicaid contractors for attestation protocol.

As previously announced by CMS, some provider attesting to Medicaid may use the online Registration and Meaningful Use Attestation System as an alternative attestation system as to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment.

The meaningful use attestation period for eligible professionals can be any selected, continuous 90-day period between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. The meaningful use attestation period for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals can be any selected, continuous 90-day period between October 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.

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