Premier today joined 16 other hospital and physician organizations in urging Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell to grant healthcare providers flexibility in meeting the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program’s meaningful use stage 2 requirements.
In a letter, the organizations asked HHS to shorten to 90 days the reporting period for 2015 and provide additional flexibility in meeting stage 2 requirements, specifically related to Transitions of Care and View, Download, Transmit measures. The final rule for meaningful use, published in the September 4 Federal Register, requires providers to complete a full year of reporting in 2015.
“The additional time and flexibility afforded by these modifications will help hundreds of thousands of providers meet stage 2 requirements in an effective and safe manner,” the group said. “This will reinforce investments made to date and it will ensure continued momentum towards the goals of stage 3, including enhanced care coordination and interoperability.”