A coalition of 18 industry stakeholders, including electronic health record vendors, health IT associations, and providers, is calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to finalize its proposed 2015-2017 changes to the EHR Incentive Program.

In a July 31 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, the organizations warned that time is of the essence in finalizing the rule if eligible professionals and hospitals will be able to meet the reporting deadlines for 2015 and continue to participate in the program. In particular, they expressed their concerns that the October 3 deadline to begin the final possible 90-day reporting period in calendar year 2015 is “fast-approaching” and that “if providers do not receive the Final Rule shortly, it will be very difficult to make workflow adjustments in a timely manner to meet programmatic deadlines and facilitate Meaningful Use tracking and reporting.”

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