CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Timeline Revision

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a proposed rule that would permit eligible providers added flexibility to successfully achieve meaningful use attestation. The proposed rule would allow eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (“CEHRT”) or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. This proposed rule was issued, in part, due to the large volume of CEHRT included on a “waitlist” to receive the necessary updates and certification. Notwithstanding the extension proposed for 2014, all eligible providers will be required to use technology certified under the 2014 Edition criteria in 2015. The proposed rule also includes a provision to extend Stage 2 through 2016 and begin Stage 3 in 2017.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Precision should you have any questions regarding this proposed rule or the 90-day reporting period in 2014.