The ISMA has heard from members about a problem with Medicare meaningful use attestation, and staff alerted the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency advised that officials are compiling cases to request the “problem be analyzed and addressed.”
Here’s the issue:
- Physicians attest to meaningful use, as part of the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program and receive a letter noting their achievement and confirming the acceptance of their attestation.
- However, if for some reason someone in the practice logs back into the site (and doesn’t change anything or make edits), the system keeps the re-entry date, thus expiring the original true attestation date. In fact, CMS is advising practices they must wait until 2015 to re-attest.
“A practice in Bloomington told us they have gone up to level 3 support at CMS and learned they would have to wait one year to attest simply because a staffer logged back into the site – despite the fact that nothing was updated or changed,” said Sandra Miller, CCS-P, ISMA director of Practice Management.
The ISMA confirmed with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Health IT coordinator that state officials have not heard of this problem occurring with their system.
“It does not appear to be an issue for those physicians attesting for the Medicaid incentive, but rather just the Medicare incentive,” Miller said.
The ISMA will continue to monitor the situation and pursue remedies. Continue reading e-Reports and ISMA alerts for any further information.