Today, HHS published a new proposed rule that 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 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

However, it is important to note that the current Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program rules, regulations, and guidelines have NOT officially changed.  All providers and hospitals should proceed with their 2014 Meaningful Use activities as currently planned.  The proposed changes will be available for a 60-Day Public Comment Period.  After the Public Comment Period closes, CMS may issue the Final Rule which will include the detailed impact on providers and hospitals.

The Kentucky REC will be issuing a formal response during this Public Comment Period based on our experiences with our clients.  This Public Comment Period is open to anyone and all comments will be reviewed.  For more information on this NPRM and instructions on how to submit comments, you may view the NPRM in its entirety on the Federal Register for details. Click here.

Again, there are NO CHANGES to the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program at this time.  Please proceed as you have been for the 2014 Program Year.