The art and science of documentation continues to take on strategic initiatives, especially since the launch of Meaningful Use (MU). It is important to be reminded this initiative offers incentive payments and imposes penalties with the intention for providers to adopt certified electronic health record technology. On January 1, 2015, Medicare began penalizing providers who failed to comply with the MU program. Understanding the penalties, and timeframes for the penalties imposed, is critical. For example, compliance or noncompliance in 2015 impacts payments in 2017. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), starting in 2015, if you are an eligible provider and have not attested to MU of your electronic health record for 2014, penalties are set to increase by 1% yearly for the next several years, ultimately topping out at 4%.
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An excerpt from an article originally published in Advances in Skin & Wound Care, written by Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, VP and Chief Clinical Officer at Net Health.