If you’re struggling to meet Stage 2 meaningful use criteria in the federal electronic health record (EHR) incentive program because of vendor issues, you’ve got some stress relief. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed giving more time for Stage 2 and Stage 3 if participants are experiencing lack of availability or module functioning or similar issues caused by their vendors.
The proposal, which still must go through a public comment period, would let meaningful users continue with 2011-certified software on their EHR for the 2014 reporting period; a combination of 2011 and 2014 technology would be acceptable as well. This option is not a free pass since meaningful users will be required to attest that they are having vendor issues when seeking this delay option.
The proposed rule is for both Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use programs. The 2015 deadline for use of 2014-certified technology still stands.
Previously, CMS had extended Stage 2 through 2016; Stage 3 still begins in 2017.
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