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CMS Declares Intention to Modify Meaningful Use Requirements

PIMSY behavioral health software MU changes ahead

1.29.15

Meaningful Use Changes Ahead

CMS announced today via its blog that it intends to change the requirements for the Meaningful Use (MU) program. They are strongly considering making the following changes this spring: 

  • "Realign hospital EHR reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other CMS quality programs.
  • Modify other aspects of the program to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burdens.
  • Shorten the EHR reporting period in 2015 to 90 days to accommodate these changes."

The intention behind the changes is to reduce the reporting burden on providers, and they reflect DHHS' commitment to a national health information technology system that "elevates patient-centered care, improves health outcomes, and supports the providers who care for patients".

These changes should not be confused with the forthcoming Stage 3 Proposed Rule, slated for March 2015. That proposed rule would be limited to MU requirements and criteria for 2017 and beyond.

Do you qualify for MU as mental / behavioral health or substance abuse?

See this post to quickly determine if this is something that applies to you or not, and click here for more details about Meaningful Use and how it applies to mental / behavioral health and substance abuse providers.


Leigh-Ann Renz is the Marketing & Business Development Director of PIMSY EHR. For more information about electronic solutions for your practice, check out Mental Health EHR.

 

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