CMS Offers More Flexibility on EHRs
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:11 AM

Providers implementing the "meaningful use" requirements for electronic health records (EHRs) will be able to use 2011-certified EHR programs in 2014, rather than having to upgrade to more recent certification, under a proposed rule announced Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Beginning in 2015, all eligible hospitals and professionals would still be required to report using 2014-certified EHRs, according to CMS.  Providers who show "meaningful use" of certified EHRs can receive up to $44,000 in extra payments from Medicare and Medicaid, but eligible professionals who don't meet such requirements are subject to penalties starting in 2015.

The rule would let providers use either the 2011-certified EHRs or 2014-certified EHRs -- or a combination of both -- to participate in Stages 1 and 2 of the program.