CMS Proposes Changes to the Meaningful Use Program

2015-06-03 | AMA

June 2, 2015 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently took the rare step of reopening rulemaking for Stages 1 and 2 of the meaningful use electronic health record program and proposed some changes to the program following American Medical Association (AMA) advocacy.

The AMA has been actively urging the administration to reduce the prescriptive nature of meaningful use and to add flexibility to the reporting requirements. The agency's proposed changes include reduced thresholds physicians must meet on some of the more challenging measures—like requiring patients to view their records on a patient portal—while still retaining a patient's individual choice about when and how they want to access their medical information. The changes would also shorten the meaningful use reporting period to 90 days in 2015.

Although the AMA supports many of the proposed changes, it asked CMS to make further adjustments, such as reducing all meaningful use reporting periods past 2015 to less than a full year. The AMA also continues to advocate for a permanent end to the 100 percent pass or fail approach in both Stages 2 and 3 of the program.

Read more about the proposed changes at AMA Wire®, and read detailed feedback and recommendations in the AMA's comment letter (log in) to CMS.