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Final Rule for Meaningful Use Modifications Under Review

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The Office of Management and Budget has received the final rule for modifying meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

According to the OMB list of regulatory actions currently under review, HHS delivered the final rule to the federal agency on September 3. Its current status is “pending review.”

The most important significant change to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program between 2015 and 2017 is the reduction of the 2015 meaningful use reporting period from a full year to a 90-day period.

CMS also proposed changing the reporting year for hospitals from the fiscal to the full calendar year in order to have both eligible professionals and hospitals reporting during the same time period.

Another area that the modified proposed rule affects is the patient action measures, which are part of the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements regarding patient engagement. Under the modified proposed ruling, only one single patient must view, download, or transmit their medical information to a third party.

On the same date, HHS sent the final rule regarding the 2015 Edition health IT certification. The former pertains to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); the latter, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

There is no word on when the final rule will be published, so stay tuned.

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