Medical RAC Audits Reviewed by Statistician Frank Cohen Medical RAC Audits Reviewed by Statistician Frank Cohen

Breaking News: CMS Extends Meaningful Use Deadline For 2016

You now have until March 13 to register and attest to meaningful use for the 2016 program year, a task you must perform in order to avoid a Medicare payment penalty in 2018. CMS had previously set at deadline of Feb. 28, so practices are only getting two extra weeks, but the additional time could make the difference for some groups.

Providers face a 3% Medicare payment penalty in 2018 if they failed to attest by March 13, 2017. Many in the healthcare industry had complained to CMS that they needed more time to prepare their attestations when the agency suddenly announced that the 2016 reporting period was being reduced to 90 consecutive days instead of the full calendar year. CMS only made the announcement in November 2016, giving practices little time to prepare.

About 171,000 eligible providers failed to attest for the 2015 reporting period, and are seeing a payment penalty that took effect Jan. 1, 2017, CMS reported in a recent release.