CMS Finalizes Regulation Offering Relief to Meaningful Use Providers for 2014

On Friday, August 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT issued a final regulation offering flexibility to meet the meaningful use timeline for 2014 by allowing providers to continue to use 2011 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) or a combination of 2011 Edition and 2014 Edition CEHRT for their 2014 reporting year.

This rule is CMS and ONC’s response to the challenges that eligible hospitals and professionals have been expressing about installing, implementing, and integrating 2014 Edition CEHRT that was required in order to meet both the Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 requirements in 2014. 

In addition, the final rule also includes the provision that all eligible providers are required to use the 2014 Edition CEHRT for the full year in 2015.

The rule also formally finalizes the extension of Stage 2 through 2016 for certain providers as well as the Stage 3 timeline, which begins in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users in 2011 or 2012.

HIMSS is continuing to review the final rule and will provide a comprehensive analysis in the coming days. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Jeff Coughlin, Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs, at jcoughlin@himss.org.