Proposed Rule Provides EHR Certification Flexibility

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are issuing a proposed rule that would allow providers to use the 2011 edition of certification criteria in 2014. The new rule, released on May 20, will be published in the Federal Register on May 23 and will allow providers to use the 2011 edition of certified electronic health record technology for Stage 1 or Stage 2 in 2014. Additionally, providers will have the option to attest to the 2013 definition of Meaningful Use core and menu items and use the 2013 definition of clinical quality measures.

Providers will need to use the 2014 edition of certification criteria in 2015. The proposed rule “formalizes the agencies’ intention to extend Stage 2 to 2016 and to begin Stage 3 in 2017.”

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