Keep Records When Attesting to Meaningful Use

TMA has learned of yet another snag in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. A successful attestation submission may be voided if the submitter logs back in to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) attestation portal postsubmission. Any edits made postsubmission — even something as small as hitting the space bar — could void the original submission. 

After successfully completing attestation, take a screenshot for your records. Be sure to save any confirmation emails or other information you receive from CMS indicating a successful attestation. You should save all attestation documentation in the event of an audit.

If your submission has been voided, submit an appeal to CMS with appropriate documentation of your original acceptance. To start the appeal process, call CMS at (888) 734-6433, option 1.

Physicians who need assistance with the EHR incentive programs may receive consulting help from one of four Texas regional extension centers (RECs). The RECs can help physicians navigate the complexities of the programs. Check out TMA's REC Resource Center to find out which REC serves your area. 

For more information about EHRs or other health information technology issues, email TMA's HIT Department or call (800) 880-5720. 

Action, May 16, 2014


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