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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 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.