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CMS Announcements & Resources


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) offers resources and announcements pertaining to its EHR incentive programs (“Meaningful Use”, or MU) and their eHealth and health IT programs and initiatives. Click here to read the latest MLN Connects Weekly Provider eNews. Please share this important information with your colleagues and encourage them to subscribe to the MLN Connects Provider eNews.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 / 2014 Provider Call

Eligible professionals (EPs) participating in MU Stage 2 are invited to attend a National Provider Call to learn more about reporting options, data submission processes and more Stage 2 EP requirements. May 29, 2014 (Thurs), from 1:30 – 3:00 (Registration is required).

Stage 2 Step-by-Step Guides

If you are getting ready to submit Stage 2 data for the MU incentive program, check out the new step-by-step guide for to help navigate the attestation system. 

MU Hardship Exception Applications due July 1 for Eligible Professionals

If you are a Medicare provider who was unable to attest to 2013 MU due to circumstances outside your control, CMS is accepting applications for hardship exemptions to avoid the non-participation penalties for the 2013 reporting year. Payment adjustments will begin on 1/1/15. 

(Check out Meaningful Use Deadline Clarification for details).

CMS Seeks Pilot Testers

CMS is looking for volunteers from all Medicare-related backgrounds to review Medicare Learning Network® publications and web-based trainings (WBTs). To participate, send your name and email to

Stage 2 MU Attestation Calculator

Check out the CMS online tool that allows providers to test whether or not they would successfully demonstrate Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

MU Security Risk Assessment

Conducting and reviewing a security risk assessment is required in both Stage 1 and 2 of MU, as well as being a cornerstone requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule. The CMS Security Risk Analysis Tipsheet helps providers understand:

  • How to conduct a security risk analysis
  • Tips for crafting an Action Plan
  • Security areas to be considered and their corresponding security measures
  • Common misconceptions about conducting or reviewing a security risk analysis

Medicare Incentive Deadline

If you are an EP in the Medicare EHR Incentive programs, 2014 is the last year you can start participation in order to secure incentive payments. EPs who begin participation after 2014 will not be able to earn any of the grant funding! If you are participating for the first time in 2014, you must be on a certified EHR by 7/1/14 in order to report on the 3 month required period by 10/1/14. If not, you will be subject to a payment adjustment starting in 2015. See Meaningful Use 2014: Use It or Lose It for details. 

See the PIMSY Meaningful Use Resource Center and HiTech Answers for more information.



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