CHA News Article

CMS Plans to Modify EHR Incentive Programs to Reduce Provider Burden

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today in a blog post that it intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to revise the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs to make them less burdensome for providers. CMS states it is considering proposals to shorten the 2015 reporting period to 90 days, realign hospital reporting periods to the calendar year, and modify additional aspects of the program to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burden. CHA supports the goals that CMS has laid out and is looking forward to engaging members in responding to the specifics proposed in future rulemaking.

CMS also notes the rulemaking will be proposed separately from upcoming Stage 3 meaningful use regulations, which are expected to be published by early March. CMS intends to limit the scope of the Stage 3 proposed rule to the requirements and criteria for meaningful use in 2017 and subsequent years. For more information on the EHR incentive programs, visit www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms.

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