In the 2017 OPPS/ASC final rule,we stated that time and cost limitation concerns related to the 2015 Edition upgrades made it unfeasible for EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAHs that have not successfully demonstrated meaningful use in a prior year (new participants) to
attest to the Stage 3 objectives and measures in 2017 in the EHR Incentive
Program Registration and Attestation System. We finalized that for CY 2017, EPs
and eligible hospitals that have not successfully demonstrated meaningful use
in a prior year and are seeking to avoid the 2018 payment adjustment or any CAH
that has not successfully demonstrated meaningful use in a prior year and is
seeking to avoid the 2017 payment adjustment would have to attest to Modified
Stage 2 objectives and measures. This requirement is specific to EPs, eligible
hospitals and CAHs who attest to CMS through the EHR Incentive Program
Registration and Attestation system. In the final rule we stated that this
change would apply to Medicaid providers who usually attest to their State.
This change, however, does not apply to Medicaid providers who attest to their
State, only new participants who are dual-eligible healthcare providers that
attest to CMS.