CMS announced that they will engage in rulemaking to address concerns the AMA and the Federation have expressed with meeting the Meaningful Use program requirements in 2015. Separately, CMS plans on moving ahead with rulemaking for Stage 3. MedPage Today outlines the changes CMS is considering:
- Realigning hospital electronic health record (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.