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 >

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… 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 >

False Meaningful Use Attestation Leads to Allegations of Fraud and Potential Prison Time

A former chief financial officer at a Texas hospital was recently indicted for falsely attesting to meaningful use requirements according to an FBI press release for the FBI’s Dallas Division.  According to the indictment, the CFO, Mr. Joe White, allegedly instructed staff to input information from patient records into the electronic health record in order to create the appearance that the hospital was actually using the technology.  Mr. White also allegedly used another person’s name and information without that person’s… Read More >