Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 15 issued a proposed rule (CMS-3311-P) Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program--Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017. This rule would change the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program EHR reporting period in 2015 to a 90-day period aligned with the calendar year, would align the EHR reporting period in 2016 with the calendar year, and would relax its Stage 2 meaningful use criteria in EHRs related to patient engagement. The agency extended the provision to all participants in 2015 to allow providers time to work out remaining kinks in their programs.
In addition, the proposed rule would “streamline the program by removing reporting requirements on measures which have become redundant, duplicative, or topped out through advancements in EHR function and provider performance for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs”. See page 1 proposed rule (CMS-3311-P) Executive Summary.
Comments to the proposed rule must be received within 60 days of the April 15 publication date to be considered.
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