In a June 15 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society voiced its strong support for a CMS proposed rule that would ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.

Released in April for public comment, the proposed rule would change the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program reporting period in 2015 to a 90-day period aligned with the calendar year, and also would align the EHR reporting period in 2016 with the calendar year. In addition, the rule seeks to modify measures in the Stage 2 objectives related to patient engagement, as well as streamline the program by removing reporting requirements on measures which have become “redundant, duplicative, or topped out through advancements in EHR function and provider performance for Stage 1 and Stage 2.”

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