CMS Bends On Reporting Periods For Meaningful Use

by User Not Found | Feb 01, 2015
CMS announced at the end of January that it is considering proposals to shorten the meaningful use reporting period to 90 days this year, something providers and others have been requesting.

CMS announced at the end of January that it is considering proposals to shorten the meaningful use reporting period to 90 days this year, something providers and others have been requesting.

Shortening the period essentially means providers can meet the meaningful use requirements and avoid financial penalties with software in place for less time than is currently required.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, a key advocate for changes in the reporting period, was positive about the announcement. “It is indeed” what the organization was looking for, said Jeff Smith, the organization’s vice president of public policy.

CMS is also considering changing reporting periods to the calendar year to “allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their work-flows and to better align with other CMS quality programs,” and will “modify other aspects of the program” that may lesser providers’ reporting burdens.

CMS clarified that the rulemaking on reporting period flexibility will be separate from the upcoming third-stage meaningful-use rule, which may be released in March.

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