CMS announced that is has lowered the 2016 meaningful use reporting period for hospitals and doctors from a full year to 90 days. The change, which came in a Medicare hospital payment regulation, followed a bevy of calls from providers for CMS to allow the data to be collected for the shorter period.
The changes to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs include:
Allowing all returning participants in the EHR Incentive Programs to report on a 90-day EHR reporting period in 2016 and 2017.
An application process for a one-time significant hardship exception to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for certain eligible professionals in 2017 who are also transitioning to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
For eligible hospitals, CAHs and dual-eligible hospitals attesting to CMS, eliminating the Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and Computerized Order Entry (CPOE) objectives and measures beginning in 2017, reducing a subset of thresholds for the remaining objectives and measures for Modified Stage 2 in 2017 and Stage 3 in 2017 and 2018, and adding new naming conventions to measures for Modified Stage 2 and Stage 3.
In a press release issued on November 1, CMS states that the “policy changes will improve the quality of care Medicare patients receive by better supporting their physicians and other health care providers and reflect a broader Administration-wide strategy to create a health care system that results in better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.”