EHR Incentive Program Announcements

EHR attestation system, product list updated; CMS to host call on flexibility rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its attestation system for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs to fully support the flexibility options included in the 2014 Certified EHR Technology Flexibility Rule. The rule provided additional options for eligible hospitals and physicians to meet meaningful use requirements in 2014 in order to earn incentives and avoid future penalties. The Certified Health IT Product List maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT also has been updated to support the rule. On Oct. 30, CMS will host a National Provider Call on the rule, which took effect Oct. 1. The presentation will cover guidance and instructions on how eligible professionals and hospitals can use the rule’s flexibility to report EHR meaningful use for 2014. An AHA member advisory on the rule is available at

System Announcements Effective October 21, 2014:

  • Stage 2 Flexibility – Certified eHR technology or CEHRT Flexibility Options – available mid October 2014
    Allow Providers to: Use 2011 or 2014 Edition CEHRT or a combination, Attest in 2014 to either Stage 1 or 2 meaningful use measures, Report either 2013 or 2014 Clinical Quality measures (CQMs)
  • EHR Program Announcement – New deadline for submitting a hardship exception application for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use for Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) will be November 30, 2014 11:59 PM EST. For additional information please refer to the CMS EHR website.
  • Planned System Outages – The HITECH EHR Incentive Program system will be unavailable during below maintenance window.
    – October 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET to October 26, 2014 7:00 AM ET.
    – November 2, 2014 at 12 AM ET to 5 AM ET