On February 25, 2015, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid via the Office of National Coordinator, sent out an alert that extended attestation deadline for Medicare Eligible Professional from 2014 to 11:59 ET on March 20, 2015. The alert went on to say: CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. CMS continues to urge providers to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as they can. This extension also allows eligible professionals, who have not already used their one “switch”, to switch programs (from Medicare to Medicaid, or vice versa) for the 2014 payment year until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015. After that time, eligible professionals will no longer be able to switch programs. Medicare eligible professionals must attest to meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a payment adjustment. Providers who successfully attest for the 2014 program year will both receive an incentive payment and avoid the Medicare Payment adjustment which will be applied January 1, 2016.