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Meaningful use attestation
date extended

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the physician attestation deadline for Medicare Meaningful Use in 2013. Originally set for February 28, the deadline has been extended to March 31 11:59 p.m. ET.

The deadline extension applies only to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. CMS delayed the date due to a number of problems with the attestation system, which precluded some physicians from submitting their data. Concerns were raised that physicians would miss the attestation deadline and thus the opportunity for an incentive unless they had more time.

For those physicians seeking to attest, CMS has provided the following tips:

  • Ensure that your payment assignment and other relevant information is up to date in the Medicare payment system PECOS.
  • Include a valid e-mail address in your electronic health system (EHR) program registration.
  • Log on to use the attestation system during non-peak hours such as evenings and weekends.
  • Log on to the registration and attestation system now and ensure that your information is up to date and begin entering your 2013 data.
  • If you experience attestation problems, call the EHR Incentive Program Help Desk and report the problem.
  • If your organization has more than 1000 providers assigned to a proxy user, use the PECOS system to designate additional proxies to facilitate attestation.

Physicians seeking to attest should visit the CMS registration and attestation system. The EHR Information Center can be reached at 1.888.734.6433 and is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (CT), except federal holidays.

Questions may be directed to the Quality Help Desk at qnetsupport@sdps.org or by phone at 866.288.8912 if further assistance is needed.

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