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Preparing for 2015 EHR Reporting Participation

To help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2015, CMS has posted new resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.

The EHR reporting period for payment adjustment year 2015 is any continuous 90-day period. Providers can attest to meaningful use for EHR reporting period in 2015 beginning January 4, 2016. All Medicare providers must attest by February 29, 2016. In addition, all providers must use CEHRT certified to the 2014 Edition and submit Clinical Quality Measures.

In preparation of 2015 participation, CMS has created the following checklist: 

  • Confirm your Stage
  • Check registration information
    • NPPES login information
    • Make sure e-mail address is correct
    • Verify that the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) has the correct banking information and payee information (bank account and routing number, payee address, NPI and TIN)
    • Make sure to have an active and approved enrollment record in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS)
    • Identity and Access Management (I&A) - Make sure surrogate users are up-to-date
  • Review the ONC Health IT Certification Program and the Certified Health IT Products List (CHPL), which include real time information on what products are certified for what functionalities.
  • Confirm CMS EHR Certification ID
    • During attestation EPs and eligible hospitals share their CMS EHR Certification ID with CMS
    • Detailed instructions on how to obtain a CMS EHR Certification ID are available on the CHPL website

The EHR Incentive Programs registration and attestation system will automatically identify those providers who are eligible for alternate exclusions and specifications. Upon attestation, these providers will be offered the option to attest to the Modified Stage 2 objective and measure, and the option to attest to the alternate specification or claim the alternate exclusion, if available. The provider may independently select the option available to them for each measure for which an alternate specification or exclusion may apply.

For more information and resources, visit the “Registration and Attestation” page on the EHR Incentive Programs website:

If a provider is unable to meet the requirements of meaningful use for an EHR reporting period in 2015 for reasons related to the timing of the publication of the final rule, a provider may apply for a hardship exception under the "extreme and uncontrollable" circumstances category. Each hardship exception application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as required by law.

For more FAQs, visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” page on the EHR Incentive Programs website: