Appeals process for Meaningful Use incentive payment decisions announced

Providers who were initially found to be ineligible for Medicare Meaningful Use incentive dollars or who think they weren't paid enough now can appeal their cases under a process recently unveiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, American Medical News reports. Physicians can file one of three types of appeals: one that shows that requirements were met, but outside circumstances caused a denial of payment; a second for doctors who simply met the requirements and were not paid; and a third that shows a failure to use included claims data for determining an incentive payment. The process involves both an informal review and a reconsideration period. Article