CMS approves 90-day reporting for meaningful use

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
CMS approves 90-day reporting for meaningful use

A final rule that establishes a 90-day reporting period for providers to attest to meaningful use of electronic health records will go into effect on October 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday.

Under the new rule, hospitals and physicians can choose to report for any continuous 90-day period in the calendar year. CMS sought a full-year reporting period when Obama was in the White House.

“We are establishing new requirements or revising existing requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs,” CMS says in the final rule

Other changes to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs include:

  • The addition of a new exception from the Medicare payment adjustments for EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAHs that demonstrate through an application process that compliance with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user is not possible because their certified EHR technology has been decertified under ONC’s Health IT Certification Program. 
  • CMS also is finalizing an exception to the 2017 and 2018 Medicare payment adjustments for ambulatory surgical center (ASC)-based EPs and defining ASC-based EPs as those who furnish 75 percent or more of their covered professional services in an ASC, using Place of Service (POS) code 24 to identify services furnished in an ASC. 

“The final rule relieves regulatory burdens for providers; supports the patient-doctor relationship in healthcare; and promotes transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery of care,” according to CMS.

HIMSS last year urged Andy Slavitt, then acting administrator of CMS, to finalize a 90-day meaningful use reporting period. Other medical groups also have argued in favor of the shorter time period for collecting and reporting meaningful use data.