December 17th, 2015
By: Alanna Diffendal
As 2015 is coming to a close, Providers are scrambling to make sense of the latest Meaningful Use (MU) modifications that were finalized on October 6, 2015. Eligible Professionals (EP) who may have previously elected out of Meaningful Use reporting are now reconsidering their participation after receiving notification of PQRS penalty adjustments in November. Providers have a renewed interest in meeting the revised CMS objectives before the end of the year, now that they have been made aware of looming PQRS and MU program penalty adjustments. Click here to read about the PQRS-MU program alignment.
The good news is that MU Program requirements have been reduced from reporting on 20 complex objectives to reporting on 10 simplified objectives for a 90 consecutive day reporting period in 2015. The modified measures accommodate an easier workflow which Provider’s had become accustomed to in their first years of participation in MU. Eligible Professionals who plan on participating in the MU and PQRS reporting programs must be utilizing Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT), such as RxNT|EHR.
MU and PQRS EP’s will report on at least 9 measures across at least 3 National Quality Strategy (NQS) domains using CEHRT through the CMS Registration and Attestation website. The CMS Attestation website will open for all participants to submit 2015 EHR MU & PQRS reporting program data on January 4, 2016. Providers must complete their CMS EHR MU & PQRS Attestations by February 29, 2016.
If you are an EP who sees Medicare or Medicaid patients with uncollected incentive payments, or you are now in a penalty phase, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on how you can take advantage of the modified MU program requirements and avoid dual reporting program penalty payments by using RxNT|EHR. To read more about 2015 CMS Reporting Requirements, click here.