CMS May Extend EHR Meaningful Use Deadlines

CMS LogoProviders and facilities struggling with adopting meaningful use electronic health record (EHR) technology may get a break.

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

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First
Payment Year
Stage of Meaningful Use
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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
2013 1 1 2 2 3 3 TBD TBD TBD
2014 1 1 2 2 3 3 TBD TBD
2015 1 1 2 2 3 3 TBD
2016 1 1 2 2 3 3
2017 1 1 2 2 3
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

 

Brad Ericson

Brad Ericson

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Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, has been publisher for more than nine years. Before AAPC he was at Optum for 13 years and at Aetna Health Plans before that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.
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Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, has been publisher for more than nine years. Before AAPC he was at Optum for 13 years and at Aetna Health Plans before that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

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