HIMSS Statement on CMS' Proposed Rule "Modifications to Meaningful Use for 2015 through 2017: Realigning the EHR Incentive Programs to support health information exchange and quality improvement"

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Proposed Rule earlier today with Meaningful Use changes for 2015 through 2017.  Building off of the programmatic changes that CMS is proposing for Meaningful Use Stage 3 beginning in 2017, this new rule is attempting to reduce reporting burden, eliminate redundant and duplicative reporting, better align the objectives and measures of meaningful use, and focus Stages 1 and 2 of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs on advanced use of EHR technology. This proposed rule would change the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Program reporting period in 2015 to a 90-day period aligned with the calendar year.  

Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, HIMSS North America Vice President, stated “HIMSS is encouraged that CMS has listened to our members and other stakeholder concerns and included more realistic parameters for providers and hospitals, so they can meet the Meaningful Use requirements in 2015 and beyond.  This will be a hot topic at HIMSS15!”
With HIMSS15 beginning on Sunday, April 12, HIMSS will take a closer look at the proposed rule and looks forward to engaging with CMS staff in Chicago about the proposed changes in this rule and Stage 3, as well as the future of the Meaningful Use Program overall.  
In addition, the rule would align the EHR reporting period in 2016 with the calendar year, modify the patient action measures in the Stage 2 objectives related to patient engagement, and streamline the program by removing reporting requirements on measures which have become redundant, duplicative, or topped out through advancements in EHR function and provider performance for Stages 1 and 2.   

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