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Apr 24 2011   9:14PM GMT

CMS attestation website ready for meaningful use stage 1 reporting

Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR incentives, Meaningful use, Meaningful use incentives

On April 18, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive website, allowing eligible providers (EPs) to utilize the web based system to attest that they have met meaningful use criteria, using certified EHR technology, in order to receive reimbursement from the Medicare EHR incentive program.

The recent CMS press release states that “providers will fill in numerators and denominators for the meaningful use objectives and clinical quality measures, indicate if they qualify for exclusions to specific objectives, and legally attest that they have successfully demonstrated meaningful use. A complete EHR system will provide a report of the numerators, denominators and other information. Then you will need to enter that data into our online Attestation System. Providers will qualify for a Medicare EHR incentive payment upon completing a successful online submission through the Attestation System-immediately after you submit your results you will see a summary of your attestation, and whether or not it was successful.”

The current site is for only the Medicare incentive program, so EPs who will engage in the Medicaid program will need to attest directly on their state’s individual Medicaid websites. The good news is that once providers have completed the online attestation process, they should receive incentive payments within approximately four to six weeks.

While this is only for meaningful use Stage 1, based on the comments made on the proposed Stages 2-3, it is clear that physicians, vendors and other key industry stakeholder groups are requesting pushing back the deadlines for the remaining stages. However, it will be up to the newly appointed ONC director, as well as the secretary of the DHHS, to decide what is the most viable option.

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