HIMSS Letter to HHS Calls for Revisiting the Full-Year Meaningful Use 2015 Reporting Requirement

On Wednesday, September 10, HIMSS submitted a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, indicating our opposition to the full-year Meaningful Use reporting requirement for 2015 using 2014 certified EHR technology (CEHRT). The letter, written in response to the August 29th 2014 Meaningful Use final rule, expresses deep concern over the lack of flexibility that the rule provides for 2015, and calls on HHS and CMS to revisit the requirement and allow providers, not in their first year, to achieve MU with 2014 CEHRT for any one three-month quarter in 2015 rather than a full year.

The letter emphasizes HIMSS' commitment to interoperability that leads to inforamtion exchange, and supports the principle that over the entire course of the MU program, Stage 2 outcomes and the 2014 Edition CEHRT are important drivers toward successfully achieving positve transformation of the U.S. healthcare system. However, the recent report from CMS on MU attestations through August 2014 suggests the full-year of reporting in 2015 is not a realistic option for providers.

For more information, please contact Thomas M. Leary, Vice President of Government Relations, or Jeff Coughlin, Senior Director of Federal & State Affairs.