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Note these important meaningful use deadlines for 2015
e-Reports, Feb. 9, 2015
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While the new year is still fresh, remember that 2015 brings a major shift for providers moving to Stage 2 meaningful use of their electronic health records (EHRs). 2015 is also the first year of payment adjustments based on program year 2013 meaningful use performance, and it’s a full-calendar-year reporting period for all providers past their first participation year.*

Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) cautions that if you are not planning to 1) attest for an adopt implement upgrade or 2) start the first year of Stage 1 meaningful use, your 365-reporting period is in full swing for 2015.

“As we kick off 2015, many physicians and other providers are in the unique position of having to wrap up their program year 2014 meaningful use attestations while simultaneously shifting their focus to program year 2015 meaningful use attestation,” said Natalie Stewart, M.B.A., PHA’s senior advisor for EHR/meaningful use.

Where the two program years collide, PHA suggested, be aware of program year 2014 attestation deadlines, potential meaningful use payment adjustments and important 2015 reporting period deadlines for Stage 2.

Assistance available
PHA was awarded a contract to assist Medicaid providers in the state achieve meaningful use. One of the resources offered under this funding is a free Help Desk. You may call and receive assistance determining program eligibility, understanding the nuances of any of the Stage 1 or Stage 2 meaningful use measures or obtaining answers to questions about one-time tasks like reporting public health data and attesting.

Contact PHA’s Help Desk at (844) 742-4668 or via email.

Attestation deadlines

Submission periods now open for 2014 PQRS data
Submission periods are now open for most Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) reporting methods. Work with your EHR, data submission vendor or registry to ensure your 2014 PQRS data is submitted in time to avoid the-2 percent payment adjustment in 2016.

Find 2014 PQRS data submission timeframes here.

If you were not eligible for the 2014 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) flexible reporting option and you are attesting to Medicare or Medicaid, the deadline to complete your attestation is Feb. 28, 2015.

If you are eligible for the 2014 CEHRT flexible reporting option and you are attesting to Medicare, the deadline to complete your attestation is Feb. 28, 2015.

If you are eligible for the 2014 CEHRT flexible reporting option and you are attesting to Medicaid, the window to attest is April 1 to 30, 2015.

For assistance, call PHA at (844) 742-4668.

Medicare Part B adjustments
You are not subject to a Medicare Part B adjustment in 2015 if you answer YES to either of these questions:

  • Did you attest to meaningful use in 2013?
  • Were you an eligible provider attesting during the first meaningful use participation year of 2014 and successfully submitted the attestation prior to Oct. 1, 2014?

If you answered NO to both these questions, you are subject to the 2015 1 percent pay adjustment.

Meeting the Public Health Measure
If you are attesting to the Stage 2 meaningful use measures Immunization Registry and/or the Cancer Case Registry in 2015, you must register with the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) portal by the 60th day of their reporting period – March 1, 2015.

ISDH is not currently accepting ongoing electronic submissions from providers for program year 2015 for the Syndromic Surveillance and Specialized Case Registry menu objectives.

Find more information here.

* Continue reading ISMA Reports for updates as 2015 rulemaking won’t be finalized until March at the earliest, and the reporting period may change.

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