The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has modified a frequently asked question relating to the electronic health records meaningful use program, and the HIMSS Electronic Health Records Association is strongly objecting.

In essence, CMS appears to have changed the reporting period for several Stage 2 measures. “We are concerned that this FAQ introduces a restriction that is not specified in the Final Rule and has not been previously publicized in CMS or ONC guidance,” according to the letter to the association sent to Elizabeth Holland, director of the HIT Initiatives Group, and Elisabeth Myers, policy and outreach lead, both in the CMS Office of eHealth Standards and Services.

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