CMS extends Meaningful Use attestation deadline

Originally published in the February 8, 2017 issue of MGMA’s Washington Connection
Reprinted with permission from MGMA

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the date eligible professionals (EPs) have to register and attest to meeting the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program requirements for 2016. EPs now have until Monday, Mar. 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PT to register and attest in order to avoid the 2018 penalty. Those participating in the Medicaid portion of the EHR Incentive Program should refer to your state’s deadlines for attestation information. Note that EPs eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs must attest to meeting the criteria for one or the other to avoid the 2018 Medicare penalty. The Medicare Meaningful Use program for physicians sunsets after this reporting period. EHR use will continue to be measured under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The MGMA Meaningful Use Resource Center includes links to the CMS 2016 registration and attestation website, as well as helpful MGMA and CMS resources.

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