The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking to get the word out to eligible hospitals not yet participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program about approaching deadlines for receiving EHR incentive payments. In order to receive EHR incentive payments in 2015 and avoid Medicare payment adjustments in 2014, EHs must keep an eye on two keep dates: April 1 and July 1.
The first is the last day for these eligible providers to begin their 90-day reporting period for the first year of Stage 1 Meaningful Use. The second is the deadline for EHs to complete their initial meaningful attestation for the EHR Incentive Programs. Here is the message from CMS:
Hospitals Must Start Medicare EHR Participation in 2015 to Earn Incentives
Not participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program yet? 2015 is the last year for eligible hospitals to begin and still earn incentive payments.
To earn a 2015 incentive payment and avoid a 2016 payment adjustment, first-time participants should:
- Begin their 90-day reporting period no later than April 1, 2015
- Attest by July 1, 2015
Eligible hospitals that miss this deadline can still earn a 2015 incentive payment—and avoid the 2017 payment adjustment—if they begin their reporting period by July 1 and attest by November 30. However, they will be subject to the 2016 payment adjustment unless they apply and qualify for a hardship exception.
Hospitals that successfully attest in 2015 will also be eligible to earn a 2016 incentive if they continue to participate.
Eligible hospitals that begin participating after 2015 will not be able to earn incentive payments. They will also be subject to payment adjustments in 2016 and 2017.