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November 21, 2014 – Hospital Attestation Deadline for Federal Fiscal Year 2014 in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.  CMS released an announcement that eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals must successfully attest to demonstrating meaningful use by November 30, 2014 to receive a 2014 Medicare EHR incentive payment.  This deadline is for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program attestation related to federal fiscal year 2014.  Eligible hospitals will have until December 31, 2014 to attest for the New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.  This entails that dually-eligible hospitals intending to receive incentive payments from both programs must complete a successful Medicare meaningful use attestation by November 30, 2014 and subsequently must complete a successful Medicaid attestation by December 31, 2014.

 

November 5, 2014 – New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Attestation Website Scheduled Maintenance.  The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program website will undergo a scheduled system maintenance from November 10, Monday, at 4:00pm through November 12, Wednesday, at 6:00pm.  Although the website will remain up, Medicaid patient volume data entry functionality will not be available prohibiting attestations to proceed.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we expect normal attestation process to resume after the scheduled maintenance is completed.

 

October 20, 2014 – New CMS FAQ on "How can a provider meet the Protect Electronic Health Information core objective...?".  CMS released this FAQ to provide updated guidance on meeting this objective.  The FAQ states that the steps required to conduct or review security risk analysis may be completed outside or the EHR reporting period timeframe but must take place no earlier than the start of the reporting year and end of the reporting year.  Additional details may be obtained from the CMS FAQ10754.   

 

October 8, 2014 - Hardship Exception Applications to Avoid the 2015 Medicare Payment Adjustment Extended for Eligible Providers and Eligible Hospitals.  CMS released an announcement Tuesday, October 7, that they are reopening the submission period for hardship exemption applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.  The new deadline will be 11:59 PM EST November 30, 2014.  The extension is only for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals who have been unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT due to delays in 2014 Edition CEHRT availability AND for eligible professionals who were unable to attest by October 1, 2014 and eligible hospitals that were unable to attest by July 1, 2014 using the flexibility options provided in the CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule.  Additional details as well as application instructions regarding this update may be obtained from the CMS Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions website.

 

August 20, 2014 - New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014.  Additional details on this Final Rule may be obtained from the EHR Incentive Programs 2014 CEHRT Rule: Quick Guide provided through the CMS.gov webpage. 

 

June 25, 2014 - Eligible Professionals looking for information on the Medicare payment adjustments that will be applied in 2015 for Medicare providers that have not attested to meaningful use through either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs should access the CMS Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exemptions website and review the CMS Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals.

 

This tip sheet provides an overview of the payment adjustment, including backgroun information on the adjustment, deadlines for EPs to complete attestations in order to avoid being subject to the adjustment, and instructions for applying for hardship exemptions. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The New Jersey Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services is NOT responsible for administering the Medicare payment adjustment and cannot grant exemptions from the payment adjustment.  All requests for additional information on the payment adjustment should be directed to CMS.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions related to the New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program can be found below.

 

·     New Jersey Medicaid FAQs

·     CMS Medicaid and Medicare Incentive Program FAQs

 

Medicaid Eligible Professionals: To register for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, eligible professionals must register with the CMS National Level Repository (NLR) and elect to enroll in the New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Upon successfully registering with the NLR, providers will receive an e-mail from the State informing them that the State has received their registration information and will be able to begin the attestation process once the State's attestation system is available.

 

Note: Eligible professionals will have until March 31, 2013 to register and attest for a Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment related to calendar year 2012.

 

Additional information about the registration and attestation processes can be found below:

 

Introduction to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals

NLR Registration User Guide for Medicaid Eligible Professionals

New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Attestation Workbook for Eligible Professionals

New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Attestation Application Manual for Eligible Professionals

 

Hospitals: Hospitals that have registered with the National Level Repository (NLR) for both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Programs should choose New Jersey as the state from which they will receive their Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment.  Hospitals that have not registered for a Medicare incentive payment are able to register for both the Medicare and Medicaid programs and choose New Jersey as their Medicaid state.  Hospitals can begin the registration process here. Upon successfully registering with the NLR and choosing New Jersey as their Medicaid state, hospitals will receive an e-mail from the State informing them that their registration information has been received and that they will be able to begin the attestation process once the State's attestation system is available.

 

Additional information about the registration and attestation processes can be found below:

 

NLR Registration Guide for Hospitals (covers both the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Payment Programs)

New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Program Attestation Worksheet for Eligible Hospitals

New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Program Attestation User Guide for Eligible Hospitals

 

Medicare Eligible Professionals: New Jersey Medicare health care practitioners who are eligible for incentive payments for adopting and implementing an electronic health records system, and becoming a meaningful EHR user, can now register for the program via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.

Click here for detailed instructions about the CMS NLR registration process for Medicare Eligible Professionals.



Click here for a tutorial on how to register with the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

 

Note: Eligible professionals have until March 31, 2013 to register and attest to receive a Medicare incentive payment for calendar year 2012.

 

Note: Eligible hospitals will have until December 31, 2013 to register and attest for a Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment related to federal fiscal year 2013.

 

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