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Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline for 2014 extended to June 14, 2015

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Due to the large number of pending applications from providers for the Medi-Cal Electronic Health Record Incentive Program under the 2014 Flex Rule, DHCS has decided to extend the deadline for applications from May 31, 2015 to June 14, 2015. DHCS reports it will not be extending the deadline further.

Applications for 2015 meaningful use will not be accepted until June 15 due to the 2014 extended deadline.
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As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Medi-Cal is able to offer eligible practitioners and hospitals substantial financial incentives to adopt, implement or upgrade to CMS-certified electronic health record (EHR) technologies. Initial payments the first year are based on adoption, implementation or upgrade of certified EHR technology, while following annual payments are based on the meaningful use of the EHR technology. Incentive payments are available to eligible hospitals over four years and for eligible professionals over six years. In September 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule that revised the meaningful use timeline. Under the rule, eligible professionals can use 2011 Edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the 2014 EHR reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use. Eligible professionals who were scheduled to begin stage 2 in 2014 will not be required to begin stage 2 until 2015, if they could not fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT due to delays in availability of 2014 Edition CEHRT for the 2014 reporting period. This has been named the “2014 Flex Rule.”

For more information and resources, including CMA On-Call documents #4302 “Meaningful Use of EHRs: Stage 1,” and #4305, “Meaningful Use of EHRs: Stage 2,” as well as general information on the EHR Federal Incentive Program and Meaningful Use, visit CMA’s HIT website at www.cmanet.org/hit. These documents, as well as the rest of CMA’s online health law library, is available free to members in CMA’s online resource library. Nonmembers can purchase documents for $2 per page.

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