CMS announced that it is extending the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use under the Medicare electronic health record incentive program for the 2013 reporting year and is giving some hospitals another chance to submit meaningful use attestations retroactively, Modern Healthcare reports.
Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 p.m. on March 31 to attest to meaningful use under the Medicare program. The previous deadline was Feb. 28.
However, health care providers must have met the meaningful use criteria by Dec. 31, 2013.
In addition, CMS is giving hospitals that "may have experienced difficulty attesting" by the Nov. 30, 2013, deadline for submitting data a "one-time opportunity" to submit their meaningful use attestation retroactively. To take advantage of the policy change, hospitals must contact CMS by 11:59 p.m. on March 15.
Neither of the extensions apply to the Medicaid portion of the meaningful use program (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 2/7).