Meaningful Use attestation timelines are based upon a federal fiscal year timeframe for hospitals and calendar year timeframe for eligible providers.
A new proposed rule published by HHS would provide eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet Meaningful Use. The proposed rule, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), would let providers use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of the 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
“It is critical that you continually review and adjust your plan based upon the financial and scheduling implications of the law.”
Jim Deren Healthcare IT Planning Specialist CareTech Solutions
For those first attesting in 2011 or 2012, Stage 2 must be achieved in 2014. For those attesting in 2013, Stage 2 is required in 2015, and for those first attesting in 2014 Stage 2 is required in 2016. Eligible hospitals and providers must attest for a 90-day period for their first year and full year thereafter with the exception of 2014 where a complete quarter is required. The recent update to the law in May 2014 allows those hospitals and providers who were required to move to Stage 2 in 2014 to claim a hardship and opt to report on Stage 1 requirements for the 90-day period in 2014. The option includes the ability to select the use of a 2011 or 2014 certified software version with or without the enhanced Stage 1 requirements. It is important to note that the requirements for submitting Quality Core Measures (QCMs) will continue to require submission of 2014 measures.
Regardless of where you are in your Meaningful Use journey, if your goal is to receive reimbursement, it is critical that you continually review and adjust your plan based upon the financial and scheduling implications of the law.