Proposed Legislation Would Remove the “Pass-Fail” Approach to Meaningful Use Attestation

Legislation introduced on July 30, 2015 by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers seeks to eliminate the “pass-fail” approach to meaningful use attestation.  The proposed Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act (Flex-IT 2 Act) would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a method to determine whether an eligible professional is a “partial meaningful user consistent with a linear scale.”  The legislation would also require HHS to take into consideration differences among professionals, such as differences… Read More >

3 Helpful Lists in ONC HIPAA Guide to Privacy and Security

In April 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (“the Guide”) available on healthit.gov.  The Guide is particularly aimed at helping health care providers who are HIPAA Covered Entities and are participating in the EHR Meaningful Use program. While much of the information in the Guide is available in other locations, such as regulatory text or FAQs on the OCR’s HIPAA website, the Guide appears… Read More >

CMS Reopens Submission Period for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

CMS recently announced that it is reopening the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid penalties for not meeting the meaningful use requirements. The new deadline will be November 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.  To be considered for the exception, eligible professionals and eligible hospitals must complete a hardship application along with proof of the hardship. Eligible professionals can apply for hardship exceptions in the following categories: Infrastructure (e.g., insufficient internet access… Read More >

HHS Proposed Rule on Meaningful Use for 2014

In response to provider and vendor concerns about the ability to certify to the 2014 Electronic Health Record (EHR) standards to qualify for incentive payments under the meaningful use program, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a  proposed rule on May 20, 2014, revising the requirements for meeting meaningful use in 2014. The proposed rule, in an effort to “grant more flexibility” to providers, who due to the lack of availability of 2014 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record… Read More >