The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has declared changes in how hospitals, involving critical access hospitals, will attest to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records or EHR Meaningful Use Program in the year of 2018.
Instead of using the Medicare EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System, the hospitals will attest for EHR meaningful use in the year of 2017, starting January 2, via the QualityNet Secure Portal.
“The aim of this change is to make it simpler for facilities to report data to CMS,” the agency claims. “The EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System will be available for Medicare-only hospitals. Medicaid-only hospitals should contact their state Medicaid agencies for information on how to attest.”
Moreover, CMS recommends that hospitals attesting for both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs as dually eligible hospitals should register and attest for the Medicare program in the QualityNet Secure Portal and contact their state Medicaid agencies to submit Medicaid attestations.
CMS is shifting Medicare hospitals to the QualityNet Secure Portal because most of the hospitals are familiar with the portal; they already use it for secure communications with CMS and for quality data exchange with the agency. Physician practices, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical centers, inpatient psychiatric facilities, end stage renal disease networks and facilities, and information vendors also are among the agencies that can use the portal.