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CMS Meaningful Use Rule Finalized

By eHealth Specialist Ann Guilmette

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule that contained a much-anticipated change to the EHR Incentive Program. CMS has finalized a change that will allow all returning participants the option to utilize a 90-day Meaningful Use EHR Reporting Period in both Program Year 2016 (currently underway) and in Program Year 2017.

Medicaid participants: updates to the MAPIR system to allow all program participants to attest with the 90-day EHR Reporting Period option should be completed by mid-January. Medicaid will notify program participants when they can proceed with Program Year 2016 applications using the 90-day option.

Visit the CMS Website to Review Information on 2016 Program Requirements

CMS has created materials to help providers attest successfully to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2016. Please visit the CMS website via the link below.

*** Please be aware that CMS has not yet fully updated the information on their website to include the new 90-day option for 2016 and 2017. The “Full Calendar Year EHR Reporting Period,” is still referenced, and is still an option. ***

Please review CMS’s helpful Security Risk Analysis Tip Sheet that separates myth from fact, and be prepared for your Program Year 2016 EHRIP attestation.

Please contact your VITL eHealth specialist for assistance: clientservices@vitl.net