Flex-IT 2 Act Provides Relief to Physicians, Hospitals and Healthcare Providers Facing Tough Health IT Mandates

In this months post, we take a look at a recent post on www.house.gov on July 30, 2015 that introduces legislation that would delay CMS promulgation of the Stage 3 MU Final Rule and mandate a 90-day EHR reporting period every year, among other updates.

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) introduced H.R. 3309 – the Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act or Flex-IT 2 Act on July 30, 2015.

According to the post, there continues to be a need for healthcare providers to have flexibility in meeting CMS’ rigid deadlines: only 19 percent of providers and 48 percent of hospitals have met Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use. To address mounting concerns among healthcare providers, Rep. Ellmers has introduced the Flex-IT 2 Act to address concerns with CMS’ proposed rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3 rules for the Medicare and Medicaid EHRs Incentive Programs.

This robust legislation encompasses 5 measures:

(1) Delay Stage 3 Rulemaking until at least 2017, or MIPS final rules or at least 75 percent of doctors and hospitals are successful in meeting Stage 2 requirements.
(2) Harmonize reporting requirements (MU, PQRS, IQR) to remove duplicative measurement and streamline requirements from CMS.
(3) Institutes a 90-day reporting period for each year, regardless of stage or program experience
(4) Encourages interoperability among EHR systems
(5) Expands hardship exemptions, as they are very narrowly defined under current regulations

View H.R. 3309 – the Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act (Flex-IT 2 Act): click here.

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ACR Comments on ONC’s Proposed Rule to Establish Voluntary 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria

In this month’s post, we take a look at the ACR’s comments on the ONC’s Proposed Rule to establish voluntary 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria.

Last month, the American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted comments to the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) regarding the agency’s proposed rule to establish voluntary 2015 Edition EHR certification criteria. The 2015 Edition would be an optional alternative to the 2014 Edition criteria for the certification of products used by participants in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (“meaningful use”). Additionally, the proposed rule included several questions intended to inform the ONC’s future 2017 Edition rulemaking.

he ONC’s two previous EHR certification criteria rulemakings took about 7 to 8 months between the publication dates of the proposed rules and final rules. While it is possible ONC could turn the 2015 Edition final rule around more quickly (perhaps even as early as August), it is unclear how the separate and conflicting 2017 Edition rulemaking will impact the timing.

Links to resources:

For more information, please visit the Radiology and HIT Blog.

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