In a biting statement to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) urged the governing body to extend the 2015 MU reporting period into 2016. The association is concerned, that due to the “significantly delayed” final rule, medical groups will not have enough time to report. The delay in finalizing these much-needed modifications has caused unnecessary industry confusion and uncertainty and stalled meaningful use progress.
MGMA is very concerned that medical groups will have insufficient time to transition their software and workflow to meet the revised requirements and as a result, we expect that many providers will be unable to attest in 2015. In light of the significantly delayed publication of the final regulation, MGMA urges CMS to extend the Meaningful Use Reporting Period of 2015 into the first quarter of 2016.
“Even if the final rule came out today, the window of time that CMS is leaving medical groups and vendors to adjust workflows and update systems is both unacceptable and unrealistic,” said Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, CMPE, MGMA president and CEO. “Forcing groups and their EHR vendor partners to scramble in a short period of time to meet the Oct. 3 start date for the last reporting period essentially guarantees that a significant number of program participants will fail in 2015. Adding to this challenge is the fact that the industry is facing the transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, yet another demanding government initiative.”
The MGMA is the latest organization to join a crowded bully pulpit of industry groups that are pressuring CMS to finalize the Stage 2 rule modifications; however, CMS continues to remain silent on the status of the rule. To read the full statement from MGMA, click here.