Attest to Meaningful Use by March 11

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Medicare meaningful use attestation portal to align with the modified Stage 2 measures released on Oct. 16, 2015. The CMS portal is open for 2015 program year attestations from Jan. 4 to Mar. 11, 2016. 

Use these CMS resources to learn about the program requirements in depth and prepare for attestation: 

If you were unable to plan for the 2015 reporting period due to the very late publication of the 2015-17 modification final rule, you may apply for a hardship exception under the "extreme and uncontrollable" circumstances category. The hardship exception may apply to a small number of physicians because the modifications reduced the number of measures and some of the percentage requirements. In the event of a potential audit, it's important to keep documentation of the specific circumstances that prevented you from meeting the modified version of meaningful use.

Hardship applications are available on the CMS website. If you have questions, contact the TMA Health Information Technology helpline at (800) 880-5720, or email hit[at]texmed[dot]org. Texas' regional extension centers also can help physicians achieve meaningful use. 

Updated Mar. 2, 2016

Action, Dec. 15, 2015

Last Updated On

March 10, 2016

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