First-time MU hospitals can now attest this summer

Hospitals participating in the meaningful use program for the first time this year will now be allowed to attest this summer.

First-time hospital meaningful users who began the attestation process in 2015 can attest anytime between now and August 14. Previously, hospitals participating for the first time were required to wait until Jan. 1, 2016 to attest due to system changes.

Those hospitals choosing to attest this summer must attest to stage 1 meaningful use requirements that were set in place in the beginning of 2014. They will not be able to attest to the new, revised meaningful use requirements that were announced for the 2015 through 2017 time frame.

Additionally, hospitals attesting this summer will not be able to attest again until January 2017 (demonstrating adequate meaningful use for 2016), and they will be required to attest using the full-year EHR reporting period.

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