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Feb. 7—Hospitals will have an extra month to attest to meaningful use under the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, following Friday’s delay of the Feb. 28 deadline.
Providers will have until 11:59 pm on March 31 to submit their 2013 attestations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced.
Additionally, the agency offered assistance and more time to eligible hospitals that had difficulty submitting their attestation by Nov. 30, 2013. They will have until March 15 to retroactively attest to both garner bonus payments and avoid 2015 Medicare payment cuts. The EHR Information Center can address registration and attestation system inquiries at 1-888-734-6433.
The EHR incentive program, which was authorized by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has paid about $19 billion to physicians and hospitals that install and use qualified EHRs. Penalties for Medicare providers that do not meet the program’s requirements begin in 2015.
The EHR attestation extension did not affect deadlines for the Medicaid EHR incentive program or any other CMS program, including electronic submissions for the Physician Quality Reporting System EHR incentive program pilot.
Tips offered by CMS to expedite the EHR attestation process include hospitals ensuring that their payment assignment and other relevant information is up to date in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System.
Publication Date: Friday, February 07, 2014
Tom Myers, chief strategy officer, The SSI Group, discusses the shifting payment environment and how it affects providers' patient access and claims management processes.
Jeff Chester, senior vice president and chief revenue officer at Availity, shares his thoughts on "Revenue Cycle 2.0" and how to best meet its challenges.
Mitch Morris, vice chair and global leader, healthcare, Deloitte, and Michael O'Rourke, senior vice president and chief information officer, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), share perspectives on the need for transformational IT in health care today.
Brian Kueppers, founder and CEO, Apex, discusses the importance of a robust patient payment strategy in boosting organization revenue and enhancing patient satisfaction.
Brian Grazzini, CFO, HealthPort, describes the importance of efficient and compliant information exchange and audit management in helping HIM staff spend less time on paperwork and more on mission-critical projects.
Cindy Matthews, executive vice president, Community Hospital Corporation, discusses how rural and community hospitals can use collaborative partnering to position for success through tough market conditions.
Rick Heise, senior vice president, revenue cycle, at Cerner Corporation, discusses the importance of integrating clinical and financial data to excel in health care’s changing payment environment.
Russ Graney, founder and CEO for Aidin, and John Laursen, head of business development for Aidin, share insights on how to improve care transitions between acute and post-acute care settings and incentivize high-quality patient outcomes.
Scott Elston, strategic accounts manager, GE Healthcare Services, describes how substantial cost reduction in health care requires rethinking business strategy and asset use.
Robert Williams, MD, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Arielle Freiberger, product strategist, ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte, explain how sophisticated retrospective, real-time, and predictive data analytics can inform decision making to reduce costs and improve care.
Stuart Hanson, director of business development (healthcare solutions) at Citi Retail Services, discusses how improving the payment experience can benefit consumers and healthcare providers.
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