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CMS Announces Exemption Policy for Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said Feb. 27 at the annual HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference that the agency will implement a flexible hardship policy for stage 2 of meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) technology. Under the policy, providers will avoid 2015 penalties if they failed to attest to meaningful use in 2014 due to a lack of the following:

  • available 2014 certified EHR technology
  • time to update current EHR products
  • ability to incorporate stage 2 requirements into workflows

CMS has yet to provide more information on the policy. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs require providers to demonstrate meaningful use of EHR technology. Under the current policy, beginning in 2015, providers will be subject to penalties if they do not meet stage 2 of meaningful use requirements.

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

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