CHA News Article

Attestation Deadline Extended for 2016 Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program
2017 attestation to open May 2

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has extended the deadline for 2016 attestations for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program to May 2. Meaningful use (MU) attestations for program year 2016 will be accepted until that date; the State Level Registry will then switch to accepting 2017 MU attestations only, which initially will only be available for Stage 2. Providers will not be able to attest to Stage 3 until Oct. 24. Those that have previously attested to MU will be required to use a full year reporting period for clinical quality measures (CQMs), while providers that have not previously attested to MU will be able to use 90-day reporting periods for both CQMs and objectives. DHCS has requested that the reporting periods for objectives and CQMs be 90 days for all providers, but has not yet received approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Providers that are ineligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive program may submit an alternate MU attestation to avoid Medicare payment adjustments; that deadline has been extended to March 13. More information is available at http://medi-cal.ehr.ca.gov/.

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