The New England QIN-QIO wants to inform you that CMS recently released a final rule that makes significant changes to the current EHR Incentive Program requirements by easing the reporting burden for all providers, supporting interoperability, and improving patient outcomes.
Here’s what you need to know about the changes for the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 through 2017:
• In 2015 only, the EHR reporting period for all providers will be any continuous 90-day period.
• 10 objectives for eligible professionals including one public health reporting objective, down from 18 total objectives in prior stages.
• 9 objectives for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) including one public health reporting objective, down from 20 total objectives in prior stages.
• Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) reporting for both eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals/CAHs remains as previously finalized.
See the complete CMS EHR Tip Sheet for all the changes, including the new Meaningful Use objectives and measures. Please download the complete Objectives and Measures for 2015 through 2017 Tip sheet.