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Avoid Hospital EHR Payment Adjustment

Hospitals that began participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in fiscal years (FYs) 2011, 2012, or 2013 must attest that they have meaningfully used certified EHR technology by Nov. 30 to avoid payment penalties beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2015. The Medicare EHR Incentive Program provides payments to eligible hospitals and professionals to encourage the adoption, implementation, and use of EHR technology to improve patient care.

As a reminder, hospitals that began participating in FYs 2011 or 2012 must demonstrate meaningful use for a full year in FY 2013. Hospitals that began participating in FY 2013 must demonstrate meaningful use for a 90-day period in FY 2013. Hospitals that will begin participating in 2014 must demonstrate meaningful use for a 90-day period in the first nine months of FY 2014 to avoid a payment adjustment in FY 2015. See the Oct. 22 Newsline article for more information about how hospitals must attest that they have demonstrated meaningful use. More information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is available online.

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