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CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline

Eligible hospitals and professionals now have until March 13 to attest to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. The original deadline was Feb. 28.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the deadline, giving participants additional time to attest to the meaningful use of EHR technology in 2016. Eligible hospitals may select a reporting period for any continuous 90 days from Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016. CMS previously extended the deadline for the reporting of electronic clinical quality measures only — this new announcement applies to attestation to the overall requirements of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

Failure to meet meaningful use requirements or obtain a hardship exception in the 2016 reporting year will result in a payment adjustment in 2018. CMS will provide more information on the process and deadline for applying for a hardship exception later this year.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Shahid Zaman is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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