Will the Meaningful Use Attestation Date be extended?

Recently the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asking to extend the October 1, 2014 date for new eligible professionals (EPs) to attest to meeting the 2014 meaningful use EHR incentive program requirements.

According to the MGMA, the CMS registration and attestation website has not been updated to the changes that were part of the final rule granting additional reporting option for EPs. Because the website has not been updated to reflect the changes, EPs will not be permitted to attest until after the October 1 deadline.

EPs who are not able to attest until after the October 1 deadline could receive a payment adjustment of a 1% reduction in their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements in 2015.

In addition to the MGMA, congressional representatives have also sent a letter to CMS requesting the October 1, 2014 deadline to be delayed in an effort to avoid providers nationwide from facing "the additional and unexpected burden of unreasonable cuts to their reimbursements simply because of a delay in CMS system updates."

We will continue to monitor this story closely and will provide updates as we anticipate CMS granting an extension to the current October 1, 2014 deadline.

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