The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services intention on 29 January 2015, to shorten the reporting period for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation from 365 days to 90 days was well received and wildly applauded by the Industry.
As per CMS’ blog post on 29 Jan 2015 “The new rule, expected this spring, is intended to be responsive to provider concerns about software implementation, information exchange readiness, and other related concerns in 2015. It would also be intended to propose changes reflective of developments in the industry and progress toward program goals achieved since the program began in 2011”
CMS is considering the following changes:
• 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.
This announcement is separate from the forthcoming Stage 3 proposed rule that is expected to be released by early March. CMS intends to limit the scope of the Stage 3 proposed rule to the requirements and criteria for meaningful use in 2017 and subsequent years.
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