This past spring, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services belatedly proposed multiple modifications to make the electronic health records meaningful use program more achievable for providers. Now, the American Hospital Association and other provider organizations are asking Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell for an immediate final rule as time is running out to attest.

“The rule is past due, given that it will affect the current program year for meaningful use,” the groups tell Burwell in an August 6 letter. “Indeed, under current rules, meaningful use applies to fiscal year performance for hospitals. FY 2015 ends on Sept. 30—fewer than 60 days from now.” Consequently, hospitals are looking for certainty of a final rule to select the best reporting period, which could even start in early October if reporting is changed to a calendar year.

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