ASCRS/ASOA Releases New Guidance on Meaningful Use Flexibility Proposed Rule

As we reported recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule, Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program - Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017. The proposed rule makes major changes to both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, including shortening the 2015 reporting period from a full year to any calendar year quarter and changing the threshold from the Stage 2 objective for Patient Electronic Access requiring patients to view, download or transmit their health information, from 5% to "equal or greater than 1" patient. CMS also proposes to change the Stage 2 Secure Electronic Access measure from being a percentage-based measure to a yes-no measure stating "functionality fully enabled".

ASCRS/ASOA has reviewed this proposed rule and created a guidance document to help practices understand the impact of the rule. Please note, this rule is proposed and policies included in it will not be final until CMS issues a final rule. ASCRS/ASOA will be providing comments on the proposed rule. We will keep you updated.