EHR Deadline Extended for 2014 CEHRT Adoption, But Not For 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting

On August 29, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule modifying the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Incentive program.

The Final Rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2014, gives providers additional time to begin using 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT).  However, this extension is only available for providers who could not fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period of 2014 due to delays in 2014 Edition CEHRT availability.  Providers taking advantage of the extension will be required to attest to this fact when they attest to meaningful use objectives and measures.

In the Final Rule, CMS rejected commenters’ requests to adjust the timeframes for the 2015 reporting period and indicated that all providers, except for those in their first year of demonstrating meaningful use, will be required to report based on a full year EHR reporting period and must have 2014 Edition CEHRT in place in order to successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2015.

Comments

  1. Nathan Lake says:

    There remains many unanswered questions (as usual). One of them is whether it will be necessary to have the 2014 Edition ECRHT installed prior to 1/1/15 or if it could be done later in the year. From available FAQs on the CMS site (https://questions.cms.gov/faq.php?id=5005&faqId=10452) it would appear that a later install is acceptable as long as a full year of data is used for 2015 reporting.

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