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CMS Intends to Change 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period to 90 Days

February 10, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intent to issue a new rule in the coming months that would help providers meet meaningful use requirements – a move that would include reducing the 2015 reporting period to 90 days.

A release on Thursday by CMS said the changes are in response to input from health care providers and stakeholders. In all, CMS is considering the following changes:

  • Shorten the 2015 reporting period to 90 days to address provider concerns about their ability to fully deploy 2014 Edition software.
  • Realign hospital reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other quality programs.
  • Modify other aspects of the programs to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burden.

To find out how these changes affect your meaningful use efforts, please contact VHIT, a program of VHQC, at healthit@hqi.solutions.

“The new rule, expected this spring, would be intended to be responsive to provider concerns about software implementation, information exchange readiness, and other related concerns in 2015,” according to a blog posted on Thursday by CMS Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, M.D . “It would also be intended to propose changes reflective of developments in the industry and progress toward program goals achieved since the program began in 2011.”

CMS said it intends to pursue the changes through rulemaking, but they will not be included in the pending Stage 3 proposed rule. CMS intends to limit the scope of the pending proposed rule to Stage 3 and meaningful use in 2017 and beyond.

Read Dr. Conway’s blog post: http://blog.cms.gov/2015/01/29/cms-intends-to-modify-requirements-for-meaningful-use/

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