CMS issues draft rule that eases EHR payment program demands

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 14, 2015


The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued a draft rule late Friday giving more flexibility to healthcare providers to meet federal targets for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR).
The rule would standardize the 2015 reporting period for the EHR incentive-payment program to 90 consecutive days of achieving meaningful-use criteria instead of the current time frame of a full calendar or fiscal year.
Additionally, CMS proposes changing the reporting year for hospitals to the calendar year from the fiscal year. Physicians and other healthcare providers already use the calendar year for reporting. The changes are subject to a 60-day comment period and a final rule is expected late this summer.

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