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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

CMS Proposes 1-Year Reprieve on 2014 EHR Certification; Issues Attestation Guidance

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This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.

The NPRM will grant flexibility to providers who are experiencing difficulties fully implementing 2014 Edition CEHRT to attest this year. The proposed rule would allow providers to use EHRs that have been certified under the 2011 Edition, a combination of the 2011 and 2014 Editions, or the 2014 Edition.

Beginning in 2015, all eligible providers would be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT.

Under this proposal, valid only for the 2014 reporting year, providers would be able to use 2011 Edition CEHRT for either Stage 1 or Stage 2, would have the option to attest to the 2013 definition of meaningful use core and menu objectives, and use the 2013 definition CQMs. Learn more from CMS.

Additionally, CMS has issued user guides addressing Stage 2 Meaningful Use data submission through the Attestation System for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. The step-by-step guides provide screenshots, advice and other guidance on navigating the Attestation System for Stage 2.