CMS clarifies alternate exclusion for public health reporting under final 2015 EHR rule

Left with questions about the alternate exclusion for providers not planning to attest to certain measures of CMS' 2015 EHR final rule? There's an FAQ for that.

The final rule, published Oct. 16, allows certain exclusions for meaningful use Stage 1 and 2 requirements that eligible providers are unable to meet.

"We do not intend to inadvertently penalize providers for their inability to meet measures that were not required under the previous stages of meaningful use," the CMS web page reads. Nor did we intend to require providers to engage in new activities during 2015, which may not be feasible after the publication of the final rule in order to successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2015."

The FAQ can be found here.

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