Physician Practice

2016 meaningful use reporting period may be shortened

Physician Practice Insider, May 3, 2016

A bipartisan bill introduced to Congress April 20 would reduce the 2016 meaningful use reporting period to 90 days. Currently, the reporting period is a full 365 days.

The 2015 period was also reduced to 90 days in a CMS rule; however, that rule left the 2016 reporting at 365 days. The 2016 bill has received support from a number of national medical societies, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Medical Group Management Association, and the American College of Physicians.

The bill’s authors believe the shortened reporting period will help physicians successfully participate in the program. Under a 90-day reporting period, physicians will have the time and flexibility to overcome any technical issues they may face during the year, such as transitioning to a new EHR system, according to the authors.

Meaningful use will likely end in 2017 and be replaced by new quality and value measurement programs under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.

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