The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a tip sheet giving additional details and clarifications on the final Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use rules.

For instance, for 2014 only, providers regardless of their stage of meaningful use are only required to demonstrate meaningful use for a three-month EHR reporting period, according to CMS. That period, however, cannot be any 90-day period during the fiscal or calendar year, but must be in one of four reporting quarters for Medicare attestation.

“For Medicare providers, this 3-month reporting period is fixed to the quarter of either the fiscal (for eligible hospitals and CAHs) or calendar (for EPs) year in order to align with existing CMS quality measurement programs, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR). For Medicaid providers only eligible to receive Medicaid EHR incentives, the 3-month reporting period is not fixed, where providers do not have the same alignment needs. CMS is permitting this one-time three-month reporting period in 2014 only so that all providers who must upgrade to 2014 Certified EHR Technology will have adequate time to implement their new Certified EHR systems.”

The Stage 2 Overview Tip Sheet is available here.

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