The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reduced the meaningful use electronic health record (EHR) incentive program reporting period from a full year to 90 days in 2016. In 2017, physicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will have several reporting options, including reporting on one patient to prevent a penalty, 90 days for a potential incentive, and a full year to receive an incentive. Physicians participating in the Medicaid meaningful use program will continue reporting the meaningful use measures for 2017 and will have a 90-day reporting period.
TMA, the American Medical Association, and many other physician organizations had pushed for the change, arguing that the reporting systems are too complex and cumbersome for physicians to have to use for an entire year.
Any continuous 90-day period between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the participation year constitutes the EHR reporting period. Many participants will be trying to attest via the CMS portal by next year's Feb. 28 deadline. To avoid any delays or problems, TMA encourages physicians to attest earlier than the final deadline.
If you have questions about the meaningful use program, contact TMA's Health Information Technology Department by email, or call (800) 880-5720.
Action, Nov. 15, 2016
Last Updated On
November 14, 2016