CHA News Article

CMS Allows Hospitals in First Year of Meaningful Use to Attest This Summer

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reopened the attestation process for hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive program for the first time in 2015. Hospitals new to the meaningful use program can attest between now and Aug. 14. Eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in meaningful use for the first time this year may attest to a 90-day reporting period for fiscal year 2015. CHA strongly advocated for this change in its comments to CMS on the meaningful use modification rule. Hospitals that have previously participated in the meaningful use program will not be able to access the attestation portal until after Jan. 1, 2016.

The process will be implemented on a case-by-case basis for hospitals that register through the CMS Registration and Attestation System at https://ehrincentives.cms.gov/hitech/login.action. Once the registration is active, hospitals should contact Elizabeth Holland at elizabeth.holland@cms.hhs.gov to provide their hospital name, CMS Certification Number and contact information. Additional information about Electronic Health Records Incentive program attestation can be found on the CMS website.

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