CMS Extends Meaningful Use, Quality Reporting Deadlines


The recent Medicare EHR Incentive Program extension is “[welcomed] news” to Jeff Smith, director of public policy for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) (iHealthBeat, 2014).  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) also delayed Quality Reporting for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program to December 31, 2014.  John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, responds to the delays by saying, “any delay is a good delay” (iHealthBeat, 2014).  While many organizations are still seeking additional time delays to meet the strict and complex requirements, these delays are being praised.

Meaningful Use, quality