Friday, January 30, 2015

Meaningful Use Pushback

CMS announced a shortened period for attestation of Stage II of meaningful use, after the AMA and others asked for a delay in implementation and/or modify the criteria for meaningful use A large percentage of providers have not been able to certify and/or attest to Stage II of the Meaningful Use timetable.  The term Meaningful use defines the ability for a provider's data to be transmitted to CMS in a format recognizable to their analytics algorighms.

to quote CMS announcement on their blog

We are considering proposals to:
  • Realign 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.
  • Modify other aspects of the program to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burdens.
  • Shorten the EHR reporting period in 2015 to 90 days to accommodate these changes.
This shift in timing may just be a prelude for things to come. 

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