The following excerpt was originally posted on MedPageToday.com, on April 13th, 2015:
"In an apparent response to providers' concerns with the Meaningful Use program, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a proposed rule to simplify meaningful use.
The aim of the new rule is "to align Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with the long-term proposals for Stage 3, to build progress toward program milestones, to reduce complexity, and to simplify providers' reporting," the agency announced Friday in a fact sheet. "These modifications would allow providers to focus more closely on the advanced use of certified EHR technology to support health information exchange and quality improvement."
Meaningful use refers to provisions in the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which authorized incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid to clinicians and hospitals that use electronic health records (EHRs) in a meaningful way to significantly improve clinical care.
According to CMS, the proposed rule would simplify reporting requirements in several different ways."