New CMS Rule Allows Flexibility in Certified EHR Technology for 2014

John D. Halamka, MDToday is my one day of Summer vacation, enabled by the large number of people taking a long labor day weekend. Some things are worth interrupting your vacation.

This afternoon, CMS published he long awaited final rule on Meaningful Use flexibility. Here’s my interpretation.

Many CIOs tell me that they will be ready for transition of care and patient view/download/transmit for the full year October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015.   However, the ecosystem (trading partners, patient awareness, policy) is not ready for the period July 1, 2014-September 30, 2014.   Thus, the ONC final rule is a welcome relief.

I do have one concern - the rule notes that Stage 1 criteria can be used by those on Stage 2 timelines for "Only providers who could not fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014 due to delays in 2014 Edition CEHRT availability.”

Although certified products may have been introduced into the marketplace, the time to implement, train, and ensure safe use exceeded the Stage 2 time limits. I hope ONC/CMS/HHS interpretation of delays includes the time needed for successful adoption.

New CMS Rule Allows Flexibility in Certified EHR Technology for 2014 was authored by Dr. John D. Halamka and published in his blog, Life as a Healthcare CIO and it is reprinted by Open Health News under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. The original post can be found here.