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ACR-ASA-CAP Recommendations to CMS on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions and Other Program Improvements

On April 15, the American College of Radiology (ACR), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and College of American Pathologists (CAP) submitted recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. The organizations, collectively representing over 100,000 physicians, had three requests:

  1. Continue the specialty code-based significant hardship exception for anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology for the maximum five years allowed by statute.
  2. Implement the ACR and Radiology Business Management Association’s November 2013 proposal for an optional administrative process by which eligible professionals located in unhelpful hospitals could obtain “hospital-based” status, and therefore ineligibility.
  3. Make improvements and add flexibility to the program’s participation requirements to enable more specialists to participate in a meaningful way.

The above recommendations could be incorporated by CMS into the Stage 3 Meaningful Use rulemaking without requiring additional legislation to expand the agency’s regulatory authority. CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT plan to publish proposed rules on Stage 3 MU and the “2017 Edition” EHR certification criteria around Fall 2014 with final rules promulgated in mid-2015.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare
  1. April 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Let’s hope that these recommendations can approved and incorporated into the stage 3 Meaningful Use

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