Meaningful Use Rules Under Review by the OMB

Meaningful Use Rules Under Review by the OMB


Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent the long-awaited final rule that modifies the requirements of the Meaningful Use program Stages 1 and 2 for 2015-2017, as well as the rule implementing Stage 3, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

Providers had expressed concern that the proposed Stage 3 rule was overly ambitious and burdensome. Stage 3 is slated to commence in 2017. Ultimately, CMS’s goal with the modifications would be to simplify the process and make the program more sustainable. While the two rules were combined when delivered to OMB, it is still unclear if the rules will be finalized as a single rule or two separate ones. The key changes include:

CMS reports that it expects to open attestation for 2015 Meaningful Use by January 4, 2016.  Industry groups, however, have been waiting for the rule altering the program and have pushed to extend reporting into the first quarter of 2016 given the limited timeframe to meet the start date (October 3) for the last 90-day reporting period.   

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