On Thursday, January 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the intent to engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs for the 2015 program year.
The proposed changes are in response to input from health care providers and other stakeholders. CMS is considering changes that include shortening the 2015 reporting period to 90 days. For more details on this and other changes under consideration, you can read Dr. Conway’s blog on the announcement at http://blog.cms.gov/
Please note that the Agency for Health Care Administration cannot make any system or policy changes until the rule is final. Please visit our website regularly for updated information.
The grace period for Program Year 2014 will run January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015. The purpose of the extended grace period is to allow providers that may be attesting under one of the options in the 2014 Certification Flexibility Rule adequate time to complete their application once the system changes are in place. Providers not attesting using an option under the Certification Flexibility Rule are encouraged to submit their attestation now and not wait until the end of the grace period. It is anticipated that there will be an influx of applications using a flexibility option therefore causing delays in processing and payment. Applications being submitted now are being reviewed within 30-days. A 30-day review period will not be possible with the number of applications we anticipate being submitted in June 2015.
If you have questions regarding flexibility options, please visit the Certification Flexibility Rule section.
Questions about program requirements or the application process can be directed to MedicaidHIT@ahca.myflorida.com or to the EHR Call Center at 1-855-231-5472.
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