New CMS Rule Slightly Modifies EHR Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a final rule designed to give physicians more flexibility with the floundering electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. While TMA appreciates that CMS recognized the need for modification, the association says CMS did not go far enough and did not heed most of TMA's suggested comments

The flexibility allows physicians to report Stage 1 or Stage 2 using a 2011 or 2014 certified EHR to meet meaningful use in 2014, but only if the 2014 edition of the certified EHR is not available. TMA is concerned that CMS, in trying to add flexibility, has now added another layer of complexity to the program. 

Physicians need to proceed carefully and should refer to the chart below, also included in the CMS press release regarding program flexibility.

 Sept 14 15 Action EHR meaningful use chart

Physicians with questions about the federal EHR program can still receive assistance from one of the four regional extension centers (RECs) in Texas, established specifically to assist physicians with the program. 

Physicians who have questions related to the EHR meaningful use program may email TMA's Health Information Technology Department or call (800) 880-5720. Refer to TMA's education page for EHR continuing medical education opportunities on the meaningful use program. 

Action, Sept. 15, 2014

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October 19, 2015

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