As another year of meaningful use passes, the next year starts with a call for meaningful use reporting alterations.
2 industry groups have come out in support of a latest bill offering a ninety-day meaningful use reporting time for eligible contributors in the year of 2016.
Launched by Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC), the Flexibility in EHR Reporting Act of 2016 calls on the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), which oversees the EHR Incentive Programs, to replace the complete-year reporting need with a ninety-day reporting time for both eligible experts and hospitals.
The Congresswoman launched a same bill —Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act of 2015— with the similar intention previous January. While that legislation never made its path out of the Subcommittee on the subject of Health, it likely had a vital part to play in a alteration of heart at CMS which released a meaningful use modifications principle that involved a reduced ninety-day reporting period in the year 2015.
The latest bill (HR 5001) is co-sponsored by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Price, MD (R-GA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Doris Matsui (D-CA).
“The sustained procrastination by CMS to offer relief from the hard and inflexible target times within the Meaningful Use Program has prompted myself and Senator Portman to rally our co-workers and take action,” Rep. Ellmers stated on the day of Wednesday. “Today, I have launched H.R. 5001 to deliver flexibility to hospitals and doctors confronting stiff penalties from unmanageable needs.”
As with last bills gave by Ellmers — Flex-IT and Flex-IT 2 — the latest bill is already getting support from healthcare industry groups like the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), both of which released statements yesterday.
“This bipartisan, bicameral legislation givers welcome relief by making a ninety-day reporting time for the EHR incentive program, something several medical specialty societies have continually supported,” stated ACC President Richard Chazal, MD, FACC. “This flexibility would be ofsignificant value to the healthcare sector provided the impending alterations to the Medicare program brought about by the MACRA.”
Last lawmaking observed President Barack Obama sign into law last December the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA) furthering boosting the HHS Secretary to grant eligible contributors with meaningful use hardship exceptions in case to ignore 2017 Medicare payment adjustments.
No matter the year of meaningful use, CMS can’t appear to neglect criticism about the inflexibility of the program’s needs.
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