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CMS Proposes Modifying EHR Reporting Period to 90 Days in 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the attached proposed rule that would modify the reporting periods for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs to a calendar year rather than a fiscal year. To accommodate the proposed changes, CMS proposes a 90-day reporting period for 2015 for all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals, regardless of stage of meaningful use. In 2016, first-time demonstrators of meaningful use would also be allowed a 90-day reporting period. However, all returning participants would use an EHR reporting period of a full calendar year from Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016. In 2017, all providers — both new and existing participants ­— would use an EHR reporting period of one full calendar year as proposed in the Stage 3 proposed rule.

The proposed rule would also modify the patient action measures in the Stage 2 objectives by removing the 5 percent threshold and requiring that at least one patient seen by the provider during the EHR reporting period views, downloads or transmits his or her health information to a third party. Additionally, the proposed rule would streamline the programs by removing reporting requirements on measures that have become redundant, duplicative or topped-out through advancements in EHR function and provider performance for stages 1 and 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

CMS originally announced its intent to propose these changes in January. CHA is reviewing the details of the proposed rules and will solicit member input for comments. The proposed rule has a 60-day comment period and will be published in the April 15 Federal Register.