CMS Intends to Modify Requirements for Meaningful Use

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In a blog published on January 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans for a new rule to modify requirements for meaningful use which responds to provider feedback regarding software implementation, information exchange readiness and other concerns. The rule will also propose changes to keep up with industry developments since the program began in 2011.1

CMS hopes to accomplish the following:

  • Realign hospital EHR reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other CMS quality programs.
  • Modify other aspects of the program to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burdens.
  • Shorten the EHR reporting period in 2015 to 90 days to accommodate these changes.

These 2015 changes to meaningful use are separate from the forthcoming Stage 3 proposed rule expected in March. The Stage 3 proposed rule will cover the requirements and criteria for meaningful use in 2017 and subsequent years.2

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1 Conway, Patrick MD. “CMS intends to modify requirements for Meaningful Use”, Jan. 29, 2015.
2 Id.