CMS Considers Reducing 2015 Meaningful Use Requirements

CMSThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pursuing additional rule-making potentially leading to reduced meaningful use requirements in 2015, one of which is a 90-day rather than a full-year reporting period, according to the federal agency’s blog.

"Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are pleased to announce our intent to engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs beginning in 2015. These intended changes would help to reduce the reporting burden on providers, while supporting the long term goals of the program."

In a post written by Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality and Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, MD, the federal agency is working on a new rule to be published in the spring “intended to be responsive to provider concerns about software implementation, information exchange readiness, and other related concerns in 2015.”

Of the various proposals CMS is considering, one is a shortened EHR reporting period in 2015, which has drawn opposition from myriad industry groups and members of Congress. Other considerations include aligning the meaningful use reporting periods for eligible hospitals and professionals with both adhering to the calendar year and altering “other aspects of the program to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burdens.”

Conway states that this rulemaking for 2015 meaningful use requirements is separate from the forthcoming rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use although both aim to lessen burdens on providers.