Attention Health Professionals: Information Regarding the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
The negative update of 21% under current law for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule is scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2015. Medicare Physician Fee Schedule claims for services rendered on or before March 31, 2015, are unaffected by the payment cut and will be processed and paid under normal procedures and time frames. The Administration urges Congress to take action to ensure these cuts do not take effect. However, until that happens, CMS must take steps to implement the negative update. Under current law, electronic claims are not paid sooner than 14 calendar days (29 days for paper claims) after the date of receipt. CMS will notify you on or before April 11, 2015, with more information about the status of Congressional action to avert the negative update and next steps.
Attest Soon to Ensure Successful Attestation Status in CMS System
Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.
CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. CMS continues to urge providers to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as they can.
Medicare eligible professionals must attest to meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a payment adjustment. Providers who successfully attest for the 2014 program year will:
Note: The Medicare extension does not affect deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Additionally, the EHR reporting option for PQRS has been extended until March 20, 2015.
How to Attest
Submit your data to the Registration and Attestation System, which includes2014 Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) Flexibility Rule options.
Tips to ensure successful attestation:
- Before you register- make sure you have an active and approved enrollment record in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS)
- When registering- be sure to have your NPI, Identity and Access Management (I&A) ID and Password, Payee TIN, and Payee NPI information available, along with your EHR Certification Number
- Before you attest- make sure you have a successful and active registration status in the Registration and Attestation System
- Registration status will read “Active” when all validations pass
- After you attest- click on the status tab to see your progress, and then click the appropriate tab to see your registration, attestation, and payment status
CMS recommends you review all of your attestation information before submitting. To learn more, see the Educational Resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.
For help, call the EHR Information Center: 1-888-734-6433
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Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm (ET)