Note: As of February 2017, CMS has extended the attestation deadline for 2016 Meaningful Use data submission. Individual eligible professionals (EPs) now have until March 13, 2017 to submit their 2016 Meaningful Use data.
You can attest to Meaningful Use for the Medicare program on the CMS website after your reporting period has ended and you have achieved all the criteria.
CMS Attestation Guide >>
Medicare: The deadline to attest for the 2016 program year is March 13, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
Medicaid: Medicaid providers should check with their state Medicaid agency for deadline information, but should attest by March 13, 2017.
Important Attestation Preparation Information
It’s your responsibility to maintain paper or electronic documentation that fully supports the data submitted during attestation for at least six years to ensure you’re prepared for a potential audit.
1) Confirm your reporting period start and end dates in the 2016 Meaningful Use Dashboard.
2) Confirm that you have achieved Meaningful Use by successfully achieving the required number of measures:
Stage 2: 10 Objectives
3) Confirm you have charted more than 80% of your patient records in certified EHR technology (CEHRT). This is a requirement to meet Meaningful Use.
4) If you work in multiple locations with CEHRT, the attestation needs to combine numerators and denominators from all CEHRT.
5) You will need to address different denominator types for Meaningful Use. Some measures may be limited to patients whose records are maintained using CEHRT, while other measures must include all unique patients regardless of whether the patient’s records are maintained using CEHRT.
You will need to manually calculate patients who aren’t entered in Practice Fusion for measures based on all unique patients.
The Meaningful Use Dashboard values only include patients entered in Practice Fusion.
Review the CMS Attestation User Guide to see which individual measures may be limited to patients maintained using CEHRT
6) If you’re using Practice Fusion’s Meaningful Use Dashboard, make sure you’ve signed all encounters for your patients seen during the reporting period in order to see data from those visits reflected in your Meaningful Use Dashboard.
7) Note which measures for which you will claim an exclusion, if applicable. Claiming an exclusion for a specific measure qualifies as submission of that measure. Providers in Modified Stage 2 may be able to claim alternate exclusions from certain objectives. Prepare any documentation needed to prove that you qualify for any exclusions claimed and save it in your records for at least six years.
For Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health, providers must attest to at least two of the three public health measures:
Immunization Registry Data Submission
Syndromic Surveillance Data Submission
Specialized Registry Reporting
If you have completed two public health measures:
Collect documentation that proves you have actively engaged with the local public health agency (e.g. email or written confirmation of the exchange with the PHA).
If you are in Stage 2 and cannot attest to at least two measures:
Prepare documentation for the measures you can complete. You must then prepare documentation proving that you are excluded from the remaining public health measures.
Please note: CMS has released additional flexibility for the Objective 10: Public Health reporting requirements. Stage 2 providers should be able to claim an alternate exclusion to both Syndromic Surveillance and Specialized Registry reporting, 2 of the 3 measures for Objective 10, if they so choose.
If you are in Modified Stage 2:
Providers may be able to claim an alternate exclusion to both Syndromic Surveillance Reporting and Specialized Registry Reporting.
8) Save a signed and dated copy of your completed Security Risk Analysis, including any documentation that supports the activities that you completed as a result of the analysis, for at least six years.
9) Save screenshots of functionality enabled for the entire reporting period to serve as supporting documentation for the following measures in case of an audit: Drug Interaction Checks (Stage 2 Objective 2: Clinical Decision Support) and Drug Formulary Checks (Stage 2 Objective 4: e-Prescribing). You must keep this documentation for at least six years.
10) Take a screenshot or print out the Practice Fusion Meaningful Use Dashboard on the day you attest. You must keep this documentation for at least six years.
11) There may be instances where you choose to report values for objectives that differ from the values in the Meaningful Use Dashboard. Make sure you keep documentation for these objectives, including how you accounted for the values you’re reporting, for at least six years.
12) Take a screenshot or print out your 2016 Clinical Quality Measures Report on the day you attest. You must keep this documentation for at least six years.
13) You must report nine CQMs related to three or more National Quality Strategy (NQS) domains.
Data submitted for CQMs must be reported directly from information generated by Practice Fusion’s 2016 Clinical Quality Measures Report.
Reporting a value of zero (0) for a CQM will not prevent you from meeting the CQM requirement for Meaningful Use.
Reporting option #1: Electronic reporting
Electronic reporting is for the full calendar year of 2016 and will allow you to receive credit for both PQRS and Meaningful Use. Learn more about electronic reporting.
If you choose this option, you will use Practice Fusion to generate a report to export and submit to CMS. This information can be electronically submitted to CMS in the beginning of 2017.
Reporting option #2: Attestation
If reporting CQMs via attestation, you can use your Meaningful Use Dashboard to calculate your CQM values for your 90-day reporting period.
This method of reporting only gives you credit for the EHR Incentive program, but allows you to complete your attestation at the same time you report data for your Meaningful Use objectives.
You may choose to report CQMs via attestation for Meaningful Use and later choose to report CQM data electronically for PQRS.
Meaningful Use Dashboard for attestation
The Dashboard provides the information necessary to guide you through attestation, but is not directly reported to CMS.
Remember that any items completed outside of the EHR will not be tracked in the Dashboard. During attestation, you will populate the criteria numerators and denominators, indicate whether you qualify for exclusions to specific objectives (or individual objective measures) and legally attest that you have successfully demonstrated Meaningful Use.
You will qualify for a Medicare incentive payment upon completing a successful online submission through the attestation system. Payments are sent by CMS roughly 6-8 weeks after successful attestation.
For the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, you will follow a similar process using your CMS state attestation system.
We recommend downloading additional attestation resources in our Meaningful Use Center.