Health Information Management

Lawmakers push for shortened 2015 EHR reporting period

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 29, 2014

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Lawmakers recently sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell, urging the agency to shorten the meaningful use reporting period for 2015.

Currently, eligible professionals (EP) and eligible hospitals (EH) are held to a 365-day reporting period for meaningful use attestation in 2015. Lawmakers recommended that HHS instead require a 90-day reporting period, which would allow EPs and EHs to implement 2015 certified EHR technology and focus on meaningfully using the technology, according to the letter.
The lawmakers point out in their letter that although the Stage 2 meaningful use 2014 reporting period was 90 days, just 35% of EHs demonstrated their ability to meet these requirements. Similarly, although the Stage 2 reporting period for EPs ends in February 2015, just 4% of EPs have attested to Stage 2 meaningful use requirements thus far. With this in mind, lawmakers concluded that a 365-day reporting period may have a negative impact on the meaningful use program.


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