In a proposed rule released for public inspection yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed reducing the 2016 meaningful use reporting period from one year to any continuous 90 days for hospitals and physicians participating in the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program. The proposed 90-day reporting period would only apply to providers who have previously met MU's requirements, according to Politico. Providers that have not previously attested to MU have already been given a 90-day reporting period in the Modified Stage II rule released in October 2015.
The same rule also proposes a one-time hardship exemption from the 2018 payment adjustment for physicians new to the EHR Incentive Program and will be transitioning to the recently proposed Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2016 at which public comments will be invited by the agency through September 6, 2016.
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For questions about this proposed rule, please email AAOE Government Affairs Manager Bradley Coffey, MA at firstname.lastname@example.org.