Meaningful Use Final Rule

Groups Weigh in on CMS Final Rule Delaying Parts of Meaningful Use

Healthcare leaders are weighing in on CMSs final rule delaying parts of the Meaningful Use.  Some reactions have been positive but on the whole responses have mostly described their disappointment with CMSs Final Rule.  What side of the issue did industry leaders fall on?  iHealthbeat has collected responses in a handy article.

This week, several health care organizations and stakeholders expressed a mix of praise and concern over CMS’ recently released final rule to delay parts of the meaningful use program, with some groups commending the efforts to improve flexibility, Healthcare Informaticsreports (Perna, Healthcare Informatics, 9/2).

Background

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

Last week, CMS announced in a final rule that providers and eligible professionals will receive an additional year to upgrade EHR systems to meet requirements for Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. The delay was originally proposed in May after just four hospitals had attested to Stage 2.

The final rule will provide additional flexibility by allowing eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to use the 2011 Edition certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition certified EHR technology for the 2014 EHR reporting period. Providers will be able to attest to meaningful use under the 2013 reporting year definition and use the clinical quality measures from 2013. In addition, providers will not be penalized for failing to move to meaningful use Stage 2 during the 2014 reporting period, among other provisions (iHealthBeat, 9/2).