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The 2014 Attestation Deadline Has Been Extended to March 20th, Now What?

Posted By M-CEITA Staff, Thursday, March 5, 2015
Many Eligible Professionals have already attested to Meaningful Use for 2014. If you haven’t, there is still time. However, getting started early is always a good idea since the attestation system can be overwhelmed during heavy usage at deadline time. If you haven’t attested yet to 2014, here are some items to consider:

 

  • Did you perform a Security Risk Assessment? There is still time to do this up until you attest. SRAs no longer have to be done during the reporting period, but must be completed prior to attestation.
  • Make sure you have completed any necessary steps to meet the public health measures. Many providers feel they are exempt from public health reporting if they don’t see patients under the age of 18. However, there is also the option to send a test message to Michigan’s Syndromic Surveillance System. Only six provider types are exempt from Syndromic testing: Dentists, Dental Surgeons, Podiatrists, Optometrists/Ophthalmologists, Chiropractors, and Certified Nurse-midwives. If you are not one of these provider types, you do not qualify for the Syndromic Surveillance measure exclusion.
  • Be sure to document and save back-up documentation for each measure in case of an audit. About 10 percent of providers in Michigan will receive an audit letter and back-up documentation that supports a valid, successful attestation is essential.

 

Next Steps for 2015

Going forward with 2015 reporting, M-CEITA recommends staying the course with your original reporting period. CMS announced their intent to engage in rulemaking regarding changes for the EHR Incentive Program in 2015, which could include introducing a quarterly reporting period, from the original 365-day period. The process to make these changes is deliberate and any official changes are likely months away, so the best course of action would be to stay the course and ensure the data is reported properly and measures are being met. Additionally, continue to monitor your public health test messages to the Syndromic Surveillance System (MSSS) and Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR); these messages are a work-in-progress that typically require multiple follow-up submissions until everything is correct.

 

 If you’re struggling to meet Meaningful Use, contact us for technical assistance.

 

Tags:  C  EHR Incetive Program  Meaningful Use  Security Risk Analysis 

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