As the final rulemaking modifications to Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records program languished, healthcare providers had been urgently asking for flexibility in EHR reporting periods to attest for Meaningful Use. With the final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released yesterday, they got what they wanted.

Eligible professionals under Medicare MU who have previously attested for Meaningful Use can pick any continuous 90-day period in calendar 2015 for their reporting period and avoid payment adjustments (reduced incentive payments) in 2017 by successfully attesting by Feb. 29, 2016.

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