Earlier this spring, upon analysis of an issue reported by
eClinicalWorks (eCW), CMS issued guidance that the 90-day EHR Reporting Period
of October 3, 2016 – December 31, 2016 is the only time period from
which providers may utilize their Meaningful Use (MU) data for the purposes of
applying for an EHR incentive program payment. Those providers who are not able
to meet their MU criteria during that period in 2016 are advised to pursue a
hardship exemption, if they are subject to Medicare Payment Adjustments. The
following link contains the application for the hardship exemption: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/PaymentAdj_Hardship.html.
Please note, the application is due July 1,
This issue does not affect your 2016 Medicaid EHR Incentive
Program attestation if you submitted a Meaningful Use (MU) attestation and you
met MU criteria for the EHR Reporting Period of October 3, 2016 – December 31,
2016, or if you submitted an Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade (AIU) attestation for
2016. If you submitted a 2016 MU attestation, and you did not meet MU criteria
for the EHR Reporting Period of October 3, 2016 – December 31, 2016, you may
withdraw your 2016 Medicaid EHR Incentive Program attestation and apply for the
hardship exemption, if applicable. Withdrawing your 2016 attestation will allow
you to skip the 2016 program year and attest for MU in a future program year.
The Medicaid EHR Incentive team has checked to ensure providers used the
correct EHR Reporting Period of October 3, 2016 – December 31, 2016, and has
already contacted any providers who needed to make an EHR Reporting Period
The Oregon Medicaid EHR Incentive Program currently does not
intend to alter the ongoing review process for pending attestations from
providers utilizing eCW. Attestations will be processed in date order received.
In the course of our established review procedure, you may receive the standard
requests for follow-up information or documentation to support your pending
Medicaid EHR Incentive Program attestation before it is approved for further
processing or payment.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
for Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
May 3, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),
approved Oregon naturopathic physicians (NDs) as an eligible professional type
for the Oregon Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. NDs
that meet program eligibility criteria may qualify for up to $63,750 over six
years to adopt, implement, or upgrade, or meaningfully use certified EHR
CMS also approved an extension of the Program Year 2016 deadline for Oregon
NDs, as Program Year 2016 is the last year for eligible professionals to begin
the program. Eligible Oregon NDs have until July 31, 2017 to submit a Program
Year 2016 attestation. All other provider types have until May 31 to submit a
Program Year 2016 attestation.
Program Year 2016 Deadline Extended for EPs
CMS approved our request to extend the deadline for eligible professionals to attest for program year 2016 from March 31, 2017 to May 31, 2017. This applies to eligible professionals attesting to adopt, implement, or upgrade (AIU) or meaningful use (MU) for program year 2016. The deadline for Oregon eligible hospitals is still March 31, 2017.
Program Year 2016 Attestation Deadlines:
- Eligible Hospitals: March 31, 2017
- Eligible Professionals (AIU & MU): May 31, 2017
Program Year 2016 - Last year to begin EHR Incentive Program
If you are applying for Oregon's EHR Incentive Program for the first time, Program Year 2016 is the last year to get started.
Deadline for eligible professionals to attest for 2016 is now May 31, 2017
Deadline for eligible hospitals to attest for 2016 is still March 31, 2017
Learn more about Program Year 2016 and first year attestation.