The following excerpt was originally posted on healthdatamanagement.com, on April 12th, 2015, about the changes to MU Stages 1 and 2:
"The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late in the day on April 10 came out with yet another proposed rule to make modifications that will ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.
The goal of the rule is to reduce burdens on providers while focusing more on advanced use of EHRs to support health information exchange and quality improvement, according to CMS.
The American Hospital Association took a quick look at the 210-page rule and issued a mixed early review. “The shortened reporting period that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes gives hospitals more time to transition to Stage 2 and increases the likelihood they will meet CMS’s timetable. However, the inclusion of numerous additional program changes at this late date risks causing confusion and added burden for hospitals on top of the elements proposed in the Stage 3 rule.”
The rule changes the reporting periods to attest for meaningful use, substantially scales back several Stage 2 measure thresholds, and eliminates the need to report multiple measures as conducting these measures has essentially become common practice. “In this proposed rule, we are seeking to make changes to the requirements for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of meaningful use for 2015 through 2017 to align with the approach of Stage 3 of meaningful use in 2017 and subsequent years,” CMS says in the rule."