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Dec 4 2014   9:43AM GMT

Medicare EHR incentive deadlines extended

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo

EHR incentives
meaningul use hardship exceptions

Hospitals will have more time to submit meaningful use data, receive 2014 program incentive payments and avoid payment adjustments for 2016. All of that is possible because of a CMS decision that extended the deadline for meaningful use attestation measures. Among the changes  is a deadline extension for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals  to attest to meaningful use under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program during the 2014 reporting year. CMS postponed the original Nov. 30 deadline to  Dec. 31, 2014.

The second extension announced by CMS applies to eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals working towards meeting meaningful use and hospital inpatient quality reporting programs. The new date will not affect the deadlines for Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and will allow eligible hospitals to submit data for their electronic clinical quality care measures through Dec. 31.

These two extensions are the latest in a series of breaks CMS has given eligible professionals and hospitals. One recent deadline extension CMS granted providers was the reopening of the submission period for hardship exception applications. The submission dates were pushed back from April 1, 2014 for eligible hospitals and July 1 for eligible professionals to Nov. 30, 2014. This move gives providers more time to avoid 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for failing to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

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