CMS has officially finalized the 90 day reporting period for Meaningful Use in 2016 and 2017
CMS is extending the 90-day EHR reporting period to include 2017 in response to stakeholder comments indicating concerns with implementing API functionalities for Stage 3, program and systems changes in 2017, as well as to allow eligible clinicians time to transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and to provide flexibility for all health care providers that are preparing for Stage 3 and the implementation of 2015 Edition Certified EHR technology (CEHRT).
Additions impacting clinicians from the CMS release.
- The EHR reporting period will be any continuous 90-day period between January 1st and December 31st in CY 2016 and CY 2017.
- CMS is finalizing the application process for a one-time significant hardship exception to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for certain eligible professionals in 2017 who are also transitioning to MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System). This exemption will help avoid 2018 penalties.
These additions both increase flexibility, lower the reporting burden for providers, and focus on the exchange of health information and using technology to support patient care.