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Midnight deadline looms for Medicare meaningful use EPs

By Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is reminding eligible professionals in the EHR Incentive Program for Medicare of an important attestation deadline that takes place tonight. EPs have 11:59 EDT on March 31 to register and attest for meaningful use as part of the 2013 Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

Those failing to attest successfully prior to the midnight deadline will not receive an incentive payment for participating in 2013. As ONC notes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has already extended the deadline from the end of February to the end of March.

Here’s the complete statement from the ONC:

Medicare Eligible Professionals Must Attest by 11:59 pm EDT to Receive 2013 Incentive

If you are an eligible professional, today is the last day you can register and attest to demonstrating meaningful use for the 2013 Medicare EHR Incentive Program. You must successfully attest by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, to receive an incentive payment for your 2013 participation.

CMS extended the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to allow more time for providers to submit their meaningful use data and receive an incentive payment for the 2013 program year.

Medicaid Eligible Professionals

Eligible professionals participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program need to refer to their state deadlines for attestation information.

Payment Adjustments

Payment adjustments for eligible professionals will be applied beginning January 1, 2015, to Medicare participants that have not successfully demonstrated meaningful use. For more information, visit the payment adjustment tipsheet for eligible professionals.

You must attest to demonstrating meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a payment adjustment.

If you are only eligible to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, you are not subject to payment adjustments.

Resources

• Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator
• Attestation Worksheet for Eligible Professionals
• Attestation Guide for Medicare Eligible Professionals
Stage 2 Payment Adjustment Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals

Plan Ahead

Review important dates for the EHR Incentive Programs and all CMS eHealth programs using this Interactive Timeline.

 

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