On the heels of the ICD-10 delay, and recognizing that some vendors are struggling to deliver applications that meet the 2014 MU requirements, CMS released a proposed rule giving providers greater flexibility to continue participating in the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. While this proposal can be viewed as a positive development for providers it is a sign of just how many vendors are struggling to make their systems Stage 2 MU compliant.
Providers that had successfully attested for Stage 1 during 2011 or 2012 (the first payment year) were originally required to attest for Stage 2 in calendar 2014 (for physician groups) or fiscal 2014 (for hospitals) using a 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT). Under the proposed ruling, for Stage 1 or Stage 2 in the 2014 reporting year only, providers would now have the option to use a 2011 Edition CEHRT, a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT or a 2014 Edition CEHRT. It is important to note these alternatives are for providers that could not fully implement a 2014 CEHRT due to delays in product availability, and providers must attest to this fact. The proposed rule also formalizes CMS's earlier recommendation to extend Stage 2 through 2016, making 2017 the first year for Stage 3. Vendors need to take ownership of their ability, or lack thereof, to deliver applications that are flexible by design and can readily adapt to meet changing healthcare requirements. eMDs clients using our ICD-10 ready RCM technology combined with our award winning EMR do not have had to worry about meeting the reporting requirements and qualifying for incentives. We are committed to delivering the technology practices need and deserve to successfully manage your business.