Stay on Track to Meaningful Use - Information Session on CMS Proposed Rule CEHRT Flexibility 2014

We welcomed the news that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to allow for flexibility in meeting Meaningful Use this year. We applaud ONC for taking the time for recognizing the challenges that providers are facing and listening to the stakeholders’ concerns.  We believe this flexibility will allow providers to stay on track to achieving meaningful use and will encourage the continued adoption of certified EHR technology.

The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) will host a webinar on Thursday, June 5 from 12-1 p.m. to review the proposed rule and solicit questions, comments and feedback. We encourage all to attend.

If this proposed rule is passed, it means that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals will be allowed to continue to use 2011 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for the reporting period in 2014, for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Under this proposed rule, eligible providers would be able to use EHRs that have been certified under the 2011 Edition, a combination of the 2011 and 2014 Editions, or the 2014 Edition (see chart below). However, eligible providers must adopt, implement or upgrade to 2014 CEHRT, to receive an incentive payment for adopting, implementing or upgrading (AIU). Furthermore, beginning in 2015, all eligible providers would be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT.

The proposed rule also includes a provision that would formalize CMS’ and ONC’s previously stated intention to extend Stage 2 through 2016 and begin Stage 3 in 2017.  These proposed changes address concerns raised by stakeholders and will encourage the continued adoption of certified EHR technology.

I look forward to connecting with Massachusetts providers on these proposed changes.

Tarsha Weaver is Director, Meaningful Use & Medicaid EHR Operations at MeHI.

Proposed CEHRT Systems Available for Use in 2014 [1]