Medicaid EHR Incentive Program participants should refer to their respective states for attestation information and deadlines. Certain Medicaid eligible professionals may use the Registration and Attestation System as an alternate attestation method to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment (80 FR 62900 through 62901).
To attest to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015:
For assistance with attestation, please review the following CMS resources:
For attestation questions, please contact the EHR Information Center Help Desk at (888) 734-6433/ TTY: (888) 734-6563 and select option 1. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. EST.
Meaningful Use Hardship Exception
Eligible providers who submit a hardship exemption application may still attest to meaningful use and receive incentive payments if their attestation is successful.
CMS says providers who cannot attest for a 2015 reporting period or who believe their attestation may be unsuccessful may apply for the hardship exemption to avoid a payment adjustment in 2017. However, if a provider who applied for a hardship exemption still successfully attests to meaningful use, they will receive a payment incentive.
CMS released a new frequently asked question regarding hardship exemption applications. The new, streamlined hardship exception application forms reduce the amount of information that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and CAHs must submit to apply for an exception. The new applications and instructions for providers seeking a hardship exception are available here.