Physicians now have an additional three weeks, until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 20, to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the deadline to allow physicians extra time to submit their meaningful use data. Physicians must attest to meaningful use every year to receive an incentive payment and avoid a penalty. CMS is only extending the attestation period, not the reporting period, so physicians must have concluded their reporting by Dec. 31, 2014, in order to attest to meeting requirements now.
To attest, physicians should submit their data to CMS.
It is recommended physicians attest during off-peak hours, such as evenings and weekends, and start now to check that their information is up-to-date and begin entering 2014 data.