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CMS Sets New Deadline for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation

The deadline for 2016 meaningful use attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program is the latest receive an extension.

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By Kyle Murphy, PhD

- In line with reporting deadlines for the Physician Quality Reporting System and electronic clinical quality measures for hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set a new deadline for meaningful use attestation for the 2016 Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

Eligible providers now have until March 13, 2017. As CMS noted in the announcement, eligible professionals and hospitals have until this deadline to report data for 2016 meaningful use requirements in order to avoid reduced Medicare payment reimbursement in 2018:

If you are eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, you MUST demonstrate meaningful use to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment. You may demonstrate meaningful use under either Medicare or Medicaid. If you are eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, you MUST demonstrate meaningful use to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment. You may demonstrate meaningful use under either Medicare or Medicaid.

Previously, eligible professionals and hospitals had until February 28 to complete their meaningful use attestations for the 2016 reporting period.

Late last year, CMS officially released the final rule for the Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA implementation. Of the program’s two pathways for eligible clinicians to avoid negative payment adjustments, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System replaces the Physician Value-based Payment Modifier System, PQRS, and the EHR Incentive Programs beginning in 2017.

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