- CMS recently issued a reminder that eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs must use the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet) to submit meaningful use attestations in 2018.
“As of January 2, 2018, Medicare eligible hospitals and CAHs attesting to CMS for the EHR Incentive Program must use QNet,” stated CMS in a list serv. “The change applies to calendar year (CY) 2017 attestations, as well as future reporting periods.”
Medicare-eligible hospitals and CAHs currently use QNet for clinical quality measure reporting.
CMS stated eligible hospitals looking for specific information about how to attest to meaningful use this year should contact their state Medicaid agencies. Dually-eligible hospitals and CAHs must register and attest for Medicare using QNet and update and submit registration information to the CMS Registration and Attestation System.
CMS also stated a QNet Help Desk will be available to eligible hospitals and CAHs starting January 2, 2018. Providers are instructed to use the QNet Help Desk instead of the EHR Incentive Program Information Center for assistance with the registration and attestation process.
The deadline for CAHs that did achieve meaningful use during the EHR Incentive Program 2016 reporting period to submit hardship exceptions closed on November 30. CAHs that applied for the exception may avoid a 2018 payment adjustment if they show that meaningful use would have resulted in a significant hardship for their practice.
The hardship exception is only valid for one payment year.