California Healthline: CMS, ONC Propose Rule To Extend, Alter Meaningful Use Timeline

On Tuesday, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced a proposed rule that would give providers an additional year to upgrade electronic health record systems to meet reporting requirements for Stage 2 of the Medicare meaningful use program, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 5/20).  

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

The agencies noted that the proposed timeline change comes in response to stakeholder feedback about needing more flexibility. The proposed rule acknowledges that many software vendors have had difficulty upgrading their EHR products, receiving certification and upgrading customers’ systems in time to attest to the meaningful use program (Goedert, Health Data Management, 5/20).

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in a release said, “By extending Stage 2, we are being receptive to stakeholder feedback to ensure providers can continue to meet meaningful use and keep momentum moving forward” (Murphy, EHR Intelligence, 5/20).

Details of the Proposed Rule

Continue reading here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2014/5/21/cms-onc-propose-rule-to-extend-alter-meaningful-use-timeline

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