CMS’ goal is to allow providers to “focus more closely on the advanced use of certified EHR technology to support health information exchange and quality improvement.”
Together with the Stage 3 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued on March 20, 2015, the rules align and merge the “stages” of meaningful use requirements.
The proposed rule changes the programs by:
- Streamlining reporting by removing redundant, duplicative, and topped-out measures
- Modifying patient action measures in Stage 2 objectives related to patient engagement
- Aligning the EHR reporting period for eligible hospitals and CAHs with the full calendar year
- Changing the EHR reporting period in 2015 to a 90-day period to accommodate modifications
The proposed changes are subject to a 60-day comment period. A final rule will be drafted after that and could be issued this summer.
The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Director of Practice Improvement Terri Gonzalez regularly consults with practices to help them meet meaningful use and receive their incentive payments. Contact Gonzalez via email or by phone at 919-833-3836 x123.
For more about meaningful use, visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.