The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it will be ending the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program in 2016. The announcement—delivered by CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt in a speech at a J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Tuesday—follows months of requests from physician and other health stakeholder groups to slow the program down and loosen its requirements.
OMB reviews the proposed rule for stage 3 of the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program; meanwhile, new legislation is proposed that would shorten the 2015 reporting period.
Federal health IT officials announced last week that stage 2 of the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program will be extended through 2016, and stage 3 would also be pushed back. Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, deputy national coordinator for programs and policy at ONC, said she does not view the delay in meaningful use’s timeline as a setback.