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eHealth Tidbit - Proposed Meaningful Use Changes

By eHealth Specialist Betsey Walton

On April 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a new proposed rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The goals are to align Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with the long-term proposals for Stage 3, build progress toward program milestones, reduce complexity and simplify providers’ reporting.

To accomplish these goals, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes:

  • Reducing the overall number of objectives to focus on advanced use of EHRs.
  • Removing measures that have become redundant, duplicative or have reached wide-spread adoption.
  • Realigning the reporting period beginning in 2015, so hospitals would participate on the calendar year instead of the fiscal year.
  • Allowing a 90 day reporting period in 2015 to accommodate the implementation of these proposed changes in 2015.

The new proposed rule may be viewed online. A fact sheet about the NPRM is also available. This rule is now open for public comment through May 29, 2015. To submit an electronic comment, follow the “submit a comment” instructions at: http://www.regulations.gov. The address to submit a comment by mail to is:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Attention:  CMS-3310-P, P.O. Box 8013
Baltimore, MD  21244-8013

These changes are proposed. Public comment is open until May 29th. After all comments have been reviewed, the rule will then be either modified, discarded or written into law. While the shortened reporting period for 2015 may be adopted, don’t count on it! Continue to meet MU measures, take screen shots and in general, proceed like you are meeting MU for a complete calendar year. Your eHealth Specialist can help with this process.

For more about Meaningful Use, visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website at http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms, or contact your eHealth Specialist.