Todayâ€™s National Provider Call dropped a bit of a bombshell for providers who havenâ€™t started participating in Meaningful Use (MU) yet:
EPs who are in their first year of MU in 2014 need to attest by October 1 this year to avoid a MU payment adjustment in 2015. (Payment adjustments are reductions in your Medicare payments.) This means that if youâ€™ve never participated in MU before, and you want to avoid Medicare reductions in 2015, you have to begin tracking Meaningful Use Stage 1 by July 3, 2014 at the very latest (because The reporting period for the first year is 90 days). However, we recommend that you start earlierâ€”like, in early June, at leastâ€”so that you have some time after your 90-day reporting period ends to get your attestation completed on the CMS website.
You need to be on the latest version of PracticeStudioX16 to meet MU Stage 1 or Stage 2. To schedule your clinic for an update to the latest version, either call the Support department or log a HelpDesk ticket.
If you havenâ€™t started participating in MU, now is definitely the time to get on board!
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