8 tips to help you attest for 2016

It’s that time of year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs attestation opened on January 3. Practices must attest for 2016 by the February 28, 2017 deadline to avoid the 2018 payment adjustment.

When it comes to reporting, there are several things you can focus on now and throughout the year so that your practice is ready to attest. These 8 tips can help your practice be prepared:

  • Know where to look: Everything you need to know about the 2016 program requirements can be found on the CMS website .
  • It’s required: Eligible professionals must report on 10 objectives for Meaningful Use (MU), which includes one consolidated public health reporting objective with measure options requiring EPs scheduled to be in Stage 1 and Stage 2 to meet two public health measures. You must also report on 9 of the clinical quality measures (CQMs) covering at least 3 National Quality Strategy domains. The CMS eligible professional attestation worksheet can help with this.
  • Type it in: Most EHR software doesn’t automatically report for you. You need to run the reports or document the information, then log in to the CMS site to manually enter that information. Given the high demand for 2016 reporting, there could be a delay in gaining access to the CMS portal. Please establish your login as soon as possible, as you will need access to complete the process.
  • Remember the fine print: When you log in to attest you’ll need the EHR certification ID. If you are a Care360 customer, the Care360 EHR certification ID is 0014ECD3D70AVQ8.
  • There’s no going back: You can’t go back and fix measures that were recorded during the year because certain measures are time-specific and can only be corrected within the measurement period. To ensure that you are generating the correct information, run reports at least bi-weekly in the beginning; when you are comfortable with your data, run reports monthly.
  • Immunization registry: Make sure that you’ve registered with your state and that you complete the immunization registry setup in your EHR once you’ve logged in and have been activated. Search for your state registry via Google. An example is Ohio’s site, found here.
  • Be patient: Remember that everyone is running attestation reports around the same time, so your EHR system can become overloaded and it may take up to 24 hours to return your report. Be patient and check back the next day.
  • Hold onto them: Remember that you must retain all MU records for 6 years after you attest.

Your Care360 team is here to guide you. Just give us a call at 1.800.697.9302.

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