HHS Rule Change Allows More Flexibility to Allow Providers to meet E-health Records Goals
September 8, 2014 10:42 AM
A new ruling by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will allow more health care providers be able to meet the Department’s goals with certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) because of a new rule allowing for more flexibility in how providers may use CEHRT.
According to an HHS press release, a final rule from August 29 lets more providers meet use objectives for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs reporting period for 2014.
The aforementioned press release states that:
“By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures…
Based on public comments and feedback from stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) identified ways to help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) implement and meaningfully use Certified EHR Technology. Specifically, eligible providers can use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs; All eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs are required to use the 2014 Edition CEHRT in 2015.
These updates to the EHR Incentive Programs support HHS’ commitment to implementing an effective health information technology infrastructure that elevates patient-centered care, improves health outcomes, and supports the providers that care for patients.
The rule also finalizes the extension of Stage 2 through 2016 for certain providers and announces the Stage 3 timeline, which will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful EHR users in 2011 or 2012.”
NAHC’s Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) will continue to monitor these developments and the implementation of healthcare technology at all points of care – particularly with respect to home care health IT.
To read the full HHS press release, please click here.