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May 2014
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  • Double-Check Your Compliance Status for Meaningful Use

    Hardship exemption deadline is July 1  

    Eligible professionals who do not successfully register and attest for Meaningful Use in 2014 will be subject to a 1 percent payment adjustment applied to Medicare allowable fees, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

    You may think this doesn't apply to you because you registered and attested for Meaningful Use in a previous year. However, you must successfully register and attest every year to avoid financial penalties, and if your EHR system was compliant in 2013, it may not be compliant in 2014.

    Case in point: New requirements for electronic health record (EHR) systems for 2014 include more robust interoperability* standards. So, even if your practice is using an EHR system that was previously vetted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), you must still make certain that your system is Stage 2 compliant by visiting the ONC's Certified Health IT Product List, making certain that the version of your software is listed under the 2014 Edition category.

    ISMS encourages practices to contact their vendors right away to ensure that their software and current version will meet 2014 requirements.

    Physicians must apply for hardship exemptions by July 1  

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant hardship exemptions to eligible professionals under certain circumstances, detailed in this Hardship Exemption Application. Complete and submit the application no later than July 1

    • If you complete the form electronically, submit the completed application via email, including all supporting documentation.
    • For those without Internet access, submit the application and all supporting documentation via fax to 814-464-0147.

    For more details, check out CMS' Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals.

    * Interoperability refers to the architecture that makes it possible for the various EHR systems to work compatibly in an information network, which is coordinated by the Office of Standards and Interoperability at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Questions? Please contact the ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email.

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