Meaningful Use

Medicare Payments Cut? Apply for a Reconsideration Now - 02/07/2018

Some Texas physicians will incur a 3-percent cut on all 2018 Medicare Fee For Service charges because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services believes they did not participate in the meaningful use program, TMA has learned. If you believe you are being penalized erroneously, you can submit a 2018 Payment Adjustment Reconsideration Application.


Make a Penalty-Free Shift From Meaningful Use to MIPS - 06/14/2017

I’m confused about the overlap of dates between the meaningful use incentive program and the Advancing Care Information reporting requirements under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. Is there extra work for physicians who participate in both?


Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Application Due by July 1 - 04/06/2017

Physicians who are not participating in the Medicare electronic health record incentive program, also known as meaningful use, will be penalized by Medicare beginning Jan. 1, 2018. To prevent the penalty, physicians must have either attested to meaningful use by March 13, 2017, or applied for a hardship exemption by July 1, 2017.


Meaningful Use Deadlines Approaching - 01/13/2017

If you're participating in the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, pay attention to these upcoming attestation deadlines.


Meaningful Use Deadlines Are Approaching - 01/12/2017

If this is your first year to participate in the Medicare meaningful use program and you are trying to avoid the 2017 and 2018 penalties, you must successfully attest to meaningful use no later than Oct. 1, 2016. You can, however, attest by Feb. 28, 2017, to avoid the 2018 penalty. Returning Medicare program participants must successfully attest to meaningful use by Feb. 28, 2017, to avoid the 2018 penalty.


Year-End Checklist for Meaningful Use - 11/30/2016

The Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs' 90-day reporting period for 2016 ends on Dec. 31. Now is a good time to review your meaningful use data and the program requirements to make sure you're on track.


Feds Cut Meaningful Use Reporting Period to 90 Days - 11/14/2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reduced the meaningful use electronic health record (EHR) incentive program reporting period from a full year to 90 days in 2016. In 2017, physicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will have several reporting options, including reporting on one patient to prevent a penalty, 90 days for a potential incentive, and a full year to receive an incentive. Physicians participating in the Medicaid meaningful use program will continue reporting the meaningful use measures for 2017 and will have a 90-day reporting period.


Check Your Meaningful Use Data - 10/11/2016

Half-way through 2016 is a perfect time to check your meaningful use numbers to make sure you're meeting all of the required measures. Take this opportunity to make any necessary workflow adjustments, or ask for help to ensure you meet the required measure percentages for the numerators and denominators.


CMS Proposes a Break for Docs on Meaningful Use Reporting - 10/11/2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes easing some of the meaningful use requirements and adjusting the 2016 reporting period from one year to 90 days.


A Problem That Won't Register - 05/24/2016

Physicians are running into trouble with meeting an EHR meaningful use objective that requires public health reporting. To fulfill the public health reporting objective, physicians must meet two of these three measures: active engagement with a public health agency to submit immunization data; active engagement with a public agency to submit syndromic surveillance data; and active engagement to submit data to a specialized registry.


Payback Possible - 05/13/2016

Physicians are being chosen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use audits. Any physician who has received a meaningful use incentive payment is fair game for an audit. CMS expects to audit about 5 percent of participants in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs. Physicians who have attested to meaningful use or who plan to attest are urged to document the process carefully. They should maintain, for at least six years, documentation supporting the meaningful use measures, calculations, and data submitted during attestation.


Medicare Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline Looms - 05/13/2016

Don't miss out on your Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive payment for 2014. The deadline is Feb. 28 at 10:59 pm CT to attest that you met the Medicare EHR meaningful use criteria for 2014. You also must meet this deadline to avoid the 3-percent penalty on Medicare charges in 2017.