CMS extends deadline for EHR program

CMS extends deadline for EHR program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the date for health care facilities to attest to meaningful use for the electronic health records incentive program. Eligible hospitals and facilities were previously supposed to submit data by Nov. 30 to receive their incentive payment. They now have until Dec. 31, according to HealthData Management. This new due date will also help institutions avoid the 2016 Medicare payment adjustment. 

Politico reported that Dec. 31 is also the new date for these facilities to submit clinical quality measures. The extended deadline does not apply to to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, however, noted the source. Since only 17 percent of eligible hospitals attested to meaningful use in 2014's Stage 2, it is obvious that an extension will be beneficial. 

EHRIntelligence noted that CMS has also once again released step-by-step instructions for hospitals struggling to use the electronic attestation system. The directions include tips on how to make the process easier. CMS advised those in charge of this duty to log into the program on nights and weekends, when there is less traffic in the system. The agency also suggested making sure information is up to date within the program before starting the process, and calling the help desk if any issues are encountered.