After hurricane Sandy ravaged the east cost CMS has decided to offer an extension of time for attestation. The official details are listed below. Some hospitals are barely up and running again, some with only outpatient services. Both New York and New Jersey hospitals were hit hard with the storm and flooding.
There is a little paperwork involved here and the phone numbers and contact information are listed below. This is for the federal portion of the stimulus and the states of New Jersey and New York will have their information available at state government offices. I might add too that during the storm and days following the storm, electronic medical records played an extremely important role and in hospitals such as NYU and Bellevue records were brought up side by side to admit patients due to the fact that they were backed up, stored and available for access. Could you imagine the chaos of having rooms of paper files destroyed, and that used to be the case but no longer thanks to electronic medical records and New York is pretty well along with their HIE connectivity project too.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is providing a deadline extension for Medicare eligible
hospitals and dually eligible hospitals in the New York and New Jersey areas that have been adversely
affected by Hurricane Sandy and are unable to meet the November 30, 2012, deadline for submitting
their Fiscal Year 2012 attestation for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.
Eligible hospitals must submit to CMS an extension application with complete information on their
hospital, including the reason(s) why the hospital is unable to attest, in order to qualify for the deadline
extension. Qualifying eligible hospitals will be able to enter their complete attestation data using the
online CMS Attestation System in spring of 2013 and receive their full Fiscal Year 2012 EHR incentive
To obtain a copy of the Hurricane Sandy Deadline Extension Application, eligible hospitals may contact
the EHR Information Center at (888) 734-6433 / TTY (888) 734-6563. The EHR Information Center is
open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in all time zones.
Please note that eligible hospitals that participate only in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program should
contact their state Medicaid agency for more information about applying for a deadline extension due
to Hurricane Sandy.