CMS seeks comments on proposed EHR Incentive Program changes

CMS on April 14 released its 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Acute Care Hospital proposed rule, including changes to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Here are three of the proposed changes.

1. Adding a Medicare payment adjustment exception for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals that demonstrate compliance with meaningful EHR use is not possible due to their technology being decertified under ONC's Health IT Certification Program.

2. Modifying the EHR reporting period from the full calendar year to any continuous 90-day period.

3. Implementing a policy under which no payment adjustments will be made for eligible providers who conduct almost all of their professional services in an ambulatory surgery center.

CMS is requesting formal comments on these proposed changes via electronic or mail submission by June 13.

Click here to view the proposed rule.

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