To earn EHR incentives, file by March 31

Federal regulators are allowing more time for optometrists and other providers to attest to meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology this year.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is extending the attestation date from Feb. 28 to March 31. This means that providers get an additional month to submit their data and qualify for a 2013 incentive payment, while avoiding a payment adjustment in 2015.

"Given the reports that AOA has received from members regarding problems with the attestation website over the past several weeks, this extension is much needed," says David Jaco, O.D., AOAExcelTM EHR consultant.

The extra time will ensure that ODs submit their data appropriately "and receive the incentive bonuses that they have earned," Dr. Jaco says.

The extension applies only to the 2013 reporting year for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. It does not apply to deadlines for other programs, including the Medicaid EHR Incentive program or the Physician Quality Reporting System EHR Incentive Program Pilot.

Eligible professionals should use the registration and attestation system to submit attestation for the 2013 reporting year. ODs must attest before midnight EST on March 31 to meet the new program deadline.

February 13, 2014

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