CMS Extends Medicare EHR Attestation Deadline to March 16

February 23, 2018

On February 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended to March 16, 2018, the deadline for hospitals to attest to the meaningful use reporting requirements of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for the 2017 reporting period. Previously, the deadline was February 28, 2018.

Hospitals participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must use CMS’s QualityNet Secure Portal to attest to the 2017 meaningful use reporting requirements in order to avoid Medicare reimbursement penalties. The 2017 EHR reporting period for hospitals is any continuous 90-day period between January 1 and December 31, 2017, and hospitals must report on the so-called “modified” Stage 2 objectives and associated measures.

For physicians, demonstration of meaningful use under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program ended with the 2016 reporting period and was replaced with the Quality Payment Program starting in 2017.

Hospitals and physicians participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program have until March 31, 2018, to complete their meaningful use attestation for Program Year 2017.

For additional information, contact Andrew Brenton, WHA assistant general counsel, at abrenton@wha.org or 608-274-1820.
 

This story originally appeared in the February 23, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter