Some Texas physicians will incur a 3-percent cut on all 2018 Medicare fee-for-service charges because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) believes they did not participate in the meaningful use program.
If you believe you are being penalized erroneously, you can submit a 2018 Payment Adjustment Reconsideration Application if you:
•Participated in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2016 and attested to your participation by March 2017, or
•Filed a hardship exemption application by July 1, 2017.
Even if you did not participate in meaningful use or submit the hardship exemption, it never hurts to ask for a reconsideration.
Although the application states a deadline of Jan. 31, CMS has extended the deadline to Feb. 19.