CMS announced today its plan to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentives Program beginning in 2015. The new rule - expected for this spring - will be in response to provider concerns about software implementation, information exchange readiness and other related concerns in 2015.
The proposals that CMS is considering include:
•Realigning hospital EHR 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 CMS quality programs.
•Modifying other aspects of the program to match long-term goals, reduce complexity and lessen providers' reporting burdens.
•Shortening the EHR reporting period in 2015 to 90 days to accommodate these changes.
This announcement is separate from the forthcoming Stage 3 proposed rule that is expected to be released by early March, which intends to limit the scope of the Stage 3 proposed rule to the requirements and criteria for meaningful use in 2017 and subsequent years.