CMS and ONC Announce Meaningful Use Program Certification Flexibility

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On May 20th, CMS and ONC announced the release of a proposed rule that will allow some flexibility for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals attempting to attest to the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program in 2014.  EPs, EHs, and CAHs will be able to use one of three approaches for using certified technology:

  1. Use 2011 Certified EHR technology
  2. Use a combination of 2011 and 2014 Certified EHR technology
  3. Use 2014 Certified EHR technology

The flexibility is valid for 2014 ONLY.  EPs, EHs, and CAHs attesting in 2015 will be required to use 2014 Certified EHR technology.

The proposed rule also “officially” recognizes the announcement earlier this year that Meaningful Use Stage 2 will be extended to 2016.

Said Tom Leary, HIMSS Vice President of Government Relations, "HIMSS is pleased that CMS and ONC have taken steps to address the challenges many providers were facing in implementing 2014 certified edition EHR technology, with the publication of the NPRM.  The agencies have proposed a new model for the remainder of 2014 that should go a long way toward relieving some of the time crunch eligible professionals and hospitals are experiencing, and help them continue the march toward meaningful use of EHRs and healthcare transformation." 

"Some questions remain about the impact the revised timeline may have on Meaningful Users," said Leary, "especially eligible hospitals.  We look forward to working with the agencies and our members to clarify the intended outcome for healthcare community stakeholders."

HIMSS continues to review the proposed rule and will provide updates as we gain information.  Comments on the proposed rule are expected to be due by mid-July.  

Click here to read the CMS press release summarizing the proposed rule. 

If you have questions or comments, please send a message to policy@himss.org.

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