CMS Proposed Rule Addresses Meaningful Use

Catherine Boudreaux, MPP, and Elizabeth Fassbender

In a move welcomed by many healthcare providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last month released a proposed rule that would ease some of the reporting burdens and give more flexibility to hospitals, office-based physicians, and other eligible professionals attempting to meet federal targets for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) for 2015 through 2017.

CMS called the proposed rule “a critical step forward in helping to support the long-term goals of delivery system reform; especially those goals of a nationwide interoperable learning health system and patient-centered care.” The changes follow a December 2014 declaration that approximately 257,000 healthcare professionals would be affected by penalties for failing to meet meaningful use requirements.

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