BREAKING: CMS, ONC Offer Revision to Stage 2 Reporting Requirements

May 21, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are proposing a rule that would aim to provide providers more flexibility for meaningful use reporting in 2014.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are proposing a rule that would aim to provide providers more flexibility for meaningful use reporting in 2014.

The CMS and ONC proposed rule states that providers can use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. In 2015, the rule proposes that hospitals and professionals would be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT.

CMS and ONC also included a provision that would formalize CMS and ONC’s previously stated intention to extend Stage 2 through 2016 and begin Stage 3 in 2017. CMS and ONC say these proposed changes would address concerns raised by stakeholders and will encourage the continued adoption of Certified EHR Technology.

“Increasing the adoption of EHRs is key to improving the nation’s health care system and the steps we are taking today will give new options to those who, through no fault of their own, have been unable to get the new 2014 Edition technology, including those at high risk, such as smaller providers and rural hospitals,” Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, said in a statement on the CMS website.

You would be able to attest for MU:

If you were scheduled to demonstrate:

Using 2011 Edition CEHRT to do:

Using 2011 & 2014 Edition CEHRT to do:

Using 2014 Edition CEHRT to do:

Stage 1 in 2014

2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures

2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures

-or-

2014 Stage 1 objectives and measures

2014 Stage 1 objectives and measures

Stage 2 in 2014

2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures

2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures

-OR-

2014 Stage 1 objectives and measures

-OR-

Stage 2 objectives and measures

2014 Stage 1 objectives and measures

-OR-

Stage 2 objectives and measures

Credit: CMS

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