Hospitals to Submit Medicare MU via QualityNet
August 16, 2017
Written by Patty Kosednar
Medicare-Eligible Hospitals only—Hot off the Press—I received this via the CMS EHR listserv but was not able to find any more info on the CMS website, so I will copy it exactly from the email I received:
Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals: Submit Meaningful Use Data to the Hospital Quality Reporting System (HQR) via the QualityNet Secure Portal in 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing efforts to reduce burden by easing reporting requirements and streamlining data submission methods for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.
What Does This Mean For You?
- Medicare Eligible Hospitals: Beginning January 2, 2018, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will submit their 2017 meaningful use data to the QualityNet Secure Portal. The Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System will not be available for Medicare hospitals after December 31, 2017. The goal of this change is to make it simpler for facilities to report data to CMS. Most hospitals are already familiar with using the QualityNet Secure Portal for secure communications and health care quality data exchange with CMS.
- Medicaid Eligible Hospitals: The Medicare & Medicaid Registration and Attestation System will still be available for Medicaid-eligible hospitals. Medicaid-only hospitals should contact their state Medicaid agencies for specific information on how to attest.
- Medicare and Medicaid Eligible Hospitals: Hospitals attesting for both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs as dually eligible hospitals will register and attest for the Medicare program in the HQR system. Dually eligible hospitals should contact their state Medicaid agencies to submit Medicaid attestations. Dually eligible hospitals new to the EHR Incentive Programs must register in the EHR Incentive Program Registration & Attestation system and register to use the QualityNet Secure Portal.
As always, if you have any questions, or run into issues with any of the meaningful use objectives and would like help please use the “Leave a Reply” section below, or email Patty Kosednar directly with your questions or comments.