Alternate Medicare MU Attestations are available to Medicaid EPs for PY 2016 during the CMS Reporting Period (January-February 2017). Medicaid EPs who do not qualify to attest to Medicaid MU PY 2016, may attest to Medicare MU in order to avoid Payment Adjustments in 2017, (if they are 1st-time MU attesters in PY 2016) or in 2018 (if they are returning MU attesters in PY 2016).
The Alternate Medicare MU attestation will be available to Medicaid EPs who have registered for PY 2016 at the CMS RNA, and whose respective Medicaid State has confirmed their registrations at the CMS RNA between January 3rd, 2017, and February 28th, 2017.
Although the Alternate Medicare MU attestation is done by the Medicaid EP with CMS, the registration of the Medicaid EP with his/her respective State Medicaid EHR Incentive Program has to be CONFIRMED by the State Medicaid EHR Incentive Program BEFORE the Medicaid EP can proceed with submitting the MU attestation in CMS RNA. In other words, even though a Medicaid EP has registered at the CMS RNA for PY 2016, the Medicaid EP cannot proceed with the Alternate Medicare MU attestation at the CMS RNA until the EP’s State Medicaid Agency confirms the Medicaid EP’s registration.
There is no incentive payment for successfully completing the Alternate Medicare MU attestation. It is for avoiding Medicare payment adjustments only. State Medicaid Agencies do not track and/or upload records to CMS/NLR for their Medicaid EPs who do the Alternate Medicare MU attestation with CMS.