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Associations Advocate for Flexibility in EHR Incentive Programs

America’s Essential Hospitals, along with a coalition of 16 other hospitals and health care provider associations, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asking for additional flexibility for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Specifically, the associations urged HHS to adopt a 90-day EHR reporting period for fiscal year (FY) 2015, instead of a full-year reporting period. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) recent response to concerns regarding the transition to the 2014 edition of certified electronic health record technology and stage 2 meaningful use requirements only applies to FY 2014 and does not extend to FY 2015. Given the small number of hospitals and professionals able to attest to stage 2 requirements, the association and others urged HHS to continue to extend flexibility to providers to ensure robust participation in the EHR incentive programs.

Please contact Xiaoyi Huang, JD, director of policy, at xhuang@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127, with questions.

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Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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