CMS Wants to Change Meaningful Use
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says it intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to help ensure that providers continue to meet meaningful use requirements.
In response to input from healthcare providers and other stakeholders, CMS is considering the following changes to the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs:
- Shortening the 2015 reporting period to 90 days to address provider concerns about their ability to fully deploy 2014 edition software
- Realigning hospital 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 quality programs
- Modifying other aspects of the programs to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burden
CMS said the proposed changes reflect the Department of Health and Human Services’ commitment to creating a health information technology infrastructure that “elevates patient-centered care, improves health outcomes, and supports the providers who care for patients.”
Although CMS intends to pursue these changes through rule making, they won’t be included in the pending Stage 3 proposed rule. CMS will limit the scope of the pending proposed rule to Stage 3 and meaningful use in 2017, and beyond.