The electronic health records meaningful use attestation website is not working and two members of Congress want assurances from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that providers unable to attest are not financially penalized.

Providers in their first year of attestation for meaningful use must attest no later than Oct. 1, 2014 to avoid a 1 percent reduction in reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid next year. “These providers cannot attest by October 1 if CMS will not be ready until mid-October,” contend Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) in a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “They have been told that CMS is aware of this problem for those in their first year of attestation, but are unable to assist.”

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