Home > EHR, meaningful use, Medicare > CMS to Publish Proposed Rule to Allow Continued Meaningful Use of 2011 Edition Certified EHR Technology in 2014

CMS to Publish Proposed Rule to Allow Continued Meaningful Use of 2011 Edition Certified EHR Technology in 2014

On May 23, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM or “proposed rule”) that, if finalized, would allow EHR Incentive Program participants to continue to “meaningfully use” 2011 Edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) in 2014, among other things. Currently, all participants in Stage 1 or Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) need 2014 Edition CEHRT in 2014 and beyond.

As a reminder, there is also a separate, ongoing rulemaking within the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) that would introduce the availability of “2015 Edition” EHR certification criteria as an alternative to the 2014 Edition criteria for the certification of products used in the program. The American College of Radiology’s comments on the 2015 Edition rulemaking are available online.

The May 23 NPRM will have a public comment period of 60 days, so CMS and Office of Management and Budget will need to expedite the subsequent finalization and review processes to promulgate a final rule before the 4th CY quarter (October) final reporting period start time for prior MU participants. There has been no explanation as to why CMS used a NPRM process for something this time sensitive versus the quicker interim final rule or direct final rule processes.

Advertisements
Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s