CMS Finalizes EHR Meaningful-Use Rule, Adds Some Flexibility

The CMS late Friday finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use requirements for the electronic health-record incentive program. The agency had first proposed the idea in a May draft rule.

The CMS late Friday finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet

requirements for the

incentive program. The agency had first proposed the idea in a

. Friday's final rule left the May proposal unchanged.

meaningful-useelectronic health-record May draft rule

The rule would grant providers a longer timeline and more flexibility in meeting the incentive goals laid out by the stimulus program first created in the 2009 HITECH Act. The incentive program provides doctors and hospitals stimulus funding to implement electronic health records.

The rule pushes back the beginning of the third stage of meaningful use for the first cohort of adopters until Jan. 1, 2017, as opposed to the old standard of Jan. 1, 2016.

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Source: ModernHealthcare