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CMS Moves Meaningful Use Attestation System to Secure Portal

Eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals can use the QualityNet secure portal for meaningful use attestation starting in 2018.

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By Kate Monica

- CMS is moving the data reporting process from the EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System to the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNET) to simplify meaningful use attestation for eligible hospitals.

The change will go into effect on January 2, 2018.

QNet is the same system you currently use for CQM reporting, so beginning January 2, 2018, you can submit both meaningful use and quality attestations in one place,” clarified CMS in a list serv. “The change applies to 2017 meaningful use data, as well as future reporting periods. CAHs that attest to meaningful use using QNet will also have the option to manually or electronically attest for CQMs using QNet.”

The Registration and Attestation System will still be available for Medicaid eligible hospitals. Medicaid-only hospitals are encouraged to contact their state Medicaid agencies for more information on how to attest.

Additionally, the federal agency stated hospitals and CAHs attesting for both Medicare and Medicaid as dually eligible hospitals can register and attest for Medicare using the QNET portal and update and submit registration information in the EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System.

CMS also stated it will open new user enrollment registration on the QNet portal starting this month.

Between October and December 2017, you will be able to view your data in the existing CMS EHR Incentive Program’s Registration and Attestation system,” stated the federal agency.

Eligible hospitals and CAHs can take either of the following two actions: 

  • If you don’t have an account on QNet already from previous CQM submissions, you’ll need to create a new one before you attest.
  • If you—or the person/department at your hospital who usually submits meaningful use data—already has an account, you’ll need to update that existing account by adding the “meaningful use” role before attestation. If your organization’s account has several users associated with the account, you may not have permission to make the change. The designated Security Administrators can make the meaningful use role update.

CMS will release a user guide for eligible hospitals and CAHs in the coming weeks to assist users in navigating QNet registration and attestation. Authorized surrogates attesting for eligible hospitals and CAHs will need to create their own QNet accounts.

Presently, vendors are not able to electronically attest on behalf of hospitals.

“Measure and objective results files exported by vendors will need to be entered into QNet manually, rather than imported directly,” wrote CMS. “CMS is working toward allowing vendor attestation in the future.”

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