The following excerpt was originally posted on The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC.com), on February 25th, 2015 about the meaningful use deadline:
"Eligible healthcare professionals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year will have additional time to attest to meaningful use, according to an announcement from CMS.
The new deadline of 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, will give providers extra time to submit meaningful use data, although CMS urges them to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as possible.
According to the announcement, eligible professionals will also be able to use the extra time to switch programs from Medicare to Medicaid or vice versa if they have not already done so. However, this extension does not affect deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
CMS had extended the deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) back in November 2014. The agency gave hospitals an extra month to attest to meeting meaningful use requirements in order to receive incentive payments. Eligible hospitals and CAHs that did not meet meaningful use requirements will see payment adjustments beginning on October 1, 2015."