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CMS Reminds Providers of Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline

The deadline for eligible providers to attest to meaningful use requirements as part of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program is coming up on Monday, March 13.

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By Kate Monica

- CMS recently issued an announcement reminding eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System by midnight on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Eligible professionals with an attestation status of “Pending eReporting” are required to submit their clinical quality measures (CQMs) using their certified EHR technology through an available mechanism for Physician Quality Reporting System by midnight on March 31, 2017 to avoid the expiration of their attestation barring them from meeting meaningful use requirements.

CMS points out eligible professionals with “Pending eReporting” status may opt to modify their attestation and enter their CQMs manually and still successfully abide by meaningful use requirements.

Meanwhile, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals with an attestation status of “Pending eReporting” reporting four CQMs through the QualityNet Secure Portal for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Medicare EHR Incentive Program must submit their attestation by March 13 at midnight to meet meaningful use requirements. These hospitals can also select to modify their attestation and enter 16 CQMs manually to meet meaningful use requirements.

CMS also provides information on how to enter 16 CQMs manually:

  • Click MODIFY in the Attestation tab
  • De-select eReporting and choose Option 2: “I will manually enter my CQMs into the online attestation.”
  • Enter your CQMs and submit your attestation. You will receive a “Successful attestation” confirmation page. 

CMS reminds providers submitting their CQMs electronically they should expect to see “Pending eReporting” until the submission period closes and outcomes are scheduled to be posted.

“For hospitals, this will occur around late March or early April 2017; for EPs, it will happen around late April or early May 2017,” the federal agency notes.

For those with prior eCQM statuses of “Pending eReporting,” their status will show as either “Locked for Payment” or “Expired.”

“If the message reads “Locked for Payment,” the Medicare EHR Incentive Program is indicating a provider completed the electronic reporting option for CQMs successfully. If the message reads “Expired,” the message is indicating a  provider did not complete the CQM electronic reporting option successfully,” CMS points out.

CMS pushed the meaningful use attestation deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive program from February 28 to March 13 to give providers more time to properly submit meaningful use requirements electronically.

Meeting meaningful use requirements for 2016 is a top priority for providers hoping to avoid the payment penalties that affected 171,000 eligible professionals last year.

While the amount of providers subjected to payment penalties was substantial, this number is down from last year when 257,000 providers incurred these adjustments and is expected to continue to decline in the future. 

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