In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule that grants healthcare providers greater flexibility and a longer timeline for complying with the electronic health record (“EHR”) meaningful use requirements as set forth in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act. At the end of August, CMS announced that it would be adopting the proposed rule unchanged as the final rule.
The rule delays stage 3 implementation until 2017, rather than 2016. Furthermore, the rule permits some providers who have faced difficulty implementing 2014 technology standards to use 2011 technology standards to demonstrate compliance and obtain incentive payments. The rule does not change the reporting period for fiscal year 2015, which begins in October.Back to news