CMS still accepting, processing Meaningful Use attestations during shutdown

The government shutdown has stalled many healthcare programs, but providers still can attest to Meaningful Use and earn their inactive payments, according to an article in MedPage Today. However, it is unknown how quickly ONC will process incentive payments. Only four ONC staffers out of 184 are working during the shutdown. The shutdown also has caused other activities related to the Meaningful Use program to be put on hold, including standards and interoperability framework activities, policy meetings, and certification testing for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, which is still slated to begin in 2014. – read the full story in FierceEMR

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