On November 24, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) announced that it has extended the deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to attest to meaningful use of electronic records for 2014 under the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. The deadline, which was originally 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2014, has been extended to 11:59 p.m. EST on December 31, 2014.

This extension will allow more time for hospitals to submit their meaningful use data and receive an incentive payment for the 2014 program year, as well as avoid the 2016 Medicare payment adjustment.

CMS also extended the deadline for eligible hospitals and CAHs that are electronically submitting clinical quality measures (CQMs) to meet the requirements for meaningful use and the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program. Hospitals will now have until December 31, 2014, to submit their eCQM data via Quality Net. CMS noted that neither of these extensions would impact the deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.