Reductions in Medicare reimbursement will go into effect October 1, 2016 for eligible hospitals that have not yet attested in the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program.
In early 2016, Suzanne Goodell, co-chair of AHIMA’s Information Governance Practice Council and director of meaningful use in a large regional health system, invited our blog readers to accompany her on her IG journey. In this blog post, Goodell updates us on her progress.
A new proposed rule would reduce the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program reporting period for clinicians, hospitals, and critical access hospitals.
Even though the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program is slated to be phased out, federal regulators will continue to measure whether physicians are using meaningful use certified electronic health record systems (EHRs) in order to determine Medicare payments. In other words, meaningful use criteria and measurements should still be met.
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.