March 20th is new deadline for EHR Attestation and PQRS

Written on February 26, 2015

New EHR Attestation Deadline for Medicare Eligible Professionals

Medicare eligible professionals must attest to meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a payment adjustment. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the date for eligible professionals.

You now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year. CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data.

This extension also allows eligible professionals, who have not already used their one “switch,” to switch programs (from Medicare to Medicaid, or vice versa) for the 2014 payment year until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015. After that time, eligible professionals will no longer be able to switch programs. Providers who successfully attest for the 2014 program year will:

The Medicare extension does not affect deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Additionally, the EHR reporting option for PQRS has been extended until March 20, 2015.

How to Attest
Submit your data to the Registration and Attestation System, which includes 2014 Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) Flexibility Rule options.

CMS provides these Attesting Tips:

  • Attest during non-peak hours, such as evenings and weekends
  • Start now to:
    • Check that your information is up to date
    • Begin entering your 2014 data

Should you have any questions regarding your EHR attestation or need assistance, please contact your Warren Averett advisor.

Extension for EPs Participating in PQRS via EHR and QCDR (QRDA III format)
PQRS provides an incentive payment to individual eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices that satisfactorily participate or satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services. Additionally, those who do not meet the 2014 PQRS reporting requirements will be subject to a negative payment adjustment on all Medicare Part B PFS services rendered in 2016.

CMS announced the submission deadlines for the PQRS reporting methods (below) have been extended to 8 pm ET on March 20, 2015. All other submission timeframes for other PQRS reporting methods remain the same. The revised submission deadline is for the following reporting methods:

  • EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor that is certified EHR technology (CEHRT)
  • Qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) (using QRDA III format) reporting for PQRS and the clinical quality measure (CQM) component of meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program

An Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) account with the “PQRS Submitter Role” is required for these PQRS data submission methods. Please see the IACS Quick Reference Guides for specifics.

Note: The deadline listed above does apply to individual EPs and Group Practices participating in other CMS programs such as the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative that are utilizing the reporting methods listed above. Additionally, CMS has extended the deadline for EPs wishing to attest to meaningful use for the EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare Electronic EHR Incentive Program to March 20, 2015.

Complete information about PQRS is available HERE. If you have any questions about PQRS reporting or need assistance, please contact your Warren Averett advisor.

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