Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rules for MU Stage 3 (Meaningful Use Stage 3). The final rules will ease the requirements and add newer flexibilities for health care providers to make electronic health information available when and where it is needed. With this rules, both healthcare providers and consumers will be enabled to safely, readily and securely exchange medical information, as per CMS.
Here are 7 essential requirements you need to know about the MU Stage 3 Final Rules:
The final rule supports the reporting period for Medicaid and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs with the calendar year, a set-up that was added in the rules that were proposed. Furthermore, the final rule adopted a 90-day reporting time period for the newer participants in the year 2016 and 2017. Medical providers initiating their attestations in the year 2018 will directly report on a complete calendar year, with some exceptions to the handful of providers.
As proposed, attesting to stage 3 will be elective in 2017, however, will become a mandate in the year 2018. The medical providers who are choosing to demonstrate stage 3 reporting needs in the year 2017, would be allowed an optional 90-day reporting period as per CMS. All public health reporting objectives will be combined into a single objective and will more closely be similar to MU3’s public health reporting final objective.
Medical providers may stay to utilize 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology to attest to meaningful use till the year 2018, when they will have to utilize the 2015 Edition technology.
As per eight objectives for qualified professionals, entitled hospitals, and CAHs: In Stage 3, more than 60% of the projected measures need interoperability, up from 33 % in stage 2.
CQM reporting line up with CMS quality reporting programs.
Stage 3 also comprise of some completely new measures that were not included in the earlier stages. One notable example includes a measure that will need “health data generated through patients or the data generated from a nonclinical setting” to be combined with certified EHR technology for more than 5% of exclusive patients.
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