HHS Issues Final Rule to Assist Providers in Implementing Certified EHR Technology
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 11:41 AM
On Friday, August 29, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule that would provide physicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) more flexibility in implementing certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) in 2014 to meet the meaningful use standards of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. The final rule, jointly issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), will allow providers to use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the reporting period in 2014 for the Incentive Programs. Beginning in 2015, all eligible physicians and hospitals would be required to attest using the 2014 Edition CEHRT.
In addition, the rule finalizes a provision that would formalize CMS’ and the ONC’s previously stated intention to extend Stage 2 of the program one additional year through 2016, and to begin Stage 3 in 2017.
The rule is available at http://www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx
and a fact sheet (along with the CMS press release) is available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/CEHRT_Flex_Rule.pdf
. If you have any questions, please contact the CMS Office of Legislation at 202-690-8220.