CHA News Article

Attestation Deadline for Medicare EHR Incentive Program Is Saturday
Eligible hospitals must attest by 8:59 p.m. (PT) on Nov. 30 — don’t delay

CHA reminds hospitals participating in the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive program to attest to demonstrating meaningful use by 8:59 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, Nov. 30, in order to receive a 2013 incentive payment. CHA urges hospitals not to wait until the last minute to attest. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website is often flooded with requests at this time each year, causing delays.

Hospitals must attest to demonstrating meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid payment adjustments that are scheduled to begin Oct. 1, 2014. Hospitals that begin participation in the EHR incentive programs in 2014 or later will receive a reduced EHR incentive payment. For federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014, the reporting period will be three months, regardless of the stage of meaningful use, to allow hospitals more time to upgrade to 2014-certified EHR technology. Further, in order to avoid the FFY 2015 payment penalty, hospitals must attest no later than July 1, 2014, which means they must begin their 90-day EHR reporting period no later than April 1, 2014. CHA continues to work with AHA to extend the period of time in which hospitals can remain at each stage to three years, instead of two. For more information regarding the program, visit the CMS EHR incentive program web page.