CMS May Extend EHR Meaningful Use Deadlines
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a proposed rule May 20 that would provide eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals more flexibility in how they use certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use. The proposed rule would let providers use the 2011 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) or a combination of 2011 and 2014 edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
Beginning in 2015, all eligible hospitals and professionals would still be required to report using 2014 edition CEHRT. Since the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs began in 2011, more than 370,000 hospitals and professionals nationwide have received an incentive payment.
“We have seen tremendous participation in the EHR Incentive Programs since they began,” CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a CMS press release. “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.”
The proposed rule also includes a provision that would formalize CMS and ONC’s previously stated intention to extend Stage 2 through 2016 and begin Stage 3 in 2017. These proposed changes would address concerns raised by stakeholders and encourage the continued adoption of certified EHR technology.
Proposed changes to meaningful use timeline
|Stage of Meaningful Use|
|2011||1||1||1||2||2||3 -> 2||3||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|2012||1||1||2||2||3 -> 2||3||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Current Stage 2 Start Date|
|Proposed Stage 3 Start Date|
|You would be able to attest for MU:|
|If you were scheduled to demonstrate:||Using 2011 Edition CEHRT to do:||Using 2011 & 2014 Edition CEHRT to do:||Using 2014 Edition CEHRT to do:|
|Stage 1 in 2014||2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures||2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures-or-2014 Stage 1 objectives and measures||2014 Stage 1 objectives and measures|
|Stage 2 in 2014||2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures||2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures-OR-2014 Stage 1 objectives and measures-OR-Stage 2 objectives and measures||2014 Stage 1 objectives and measures-OR-Stage 2 objectives and measures|