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CMS Vows Flexibility on Meaningful Use Stage 2

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

CMS Vows Flexibility on Meaningful Use Stage 2

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ORLANDO--The government can be more flexible on physicians meeting Stage 2 of meaningful use of electronic health records, but won't give blanket permission to slide on deadlines.

That's according to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), who spoke recently at the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Physicians have been seeking leeway on participating in meaningful use this year, in part because they must buy or upgrade to the 2014 edition of certified EHR technology, and in part because they must get ready to switch over to the ICD-10 coding set on Oct. 1.

Physicians who participate in meaningful use get incentive payments from Medicare or Medicaid. If they don't participate this year, they'll be penalized starting in 2015.

Last month, 48 physician organizations wrote to the Health and Human Services department, asking for delays in some of the deadlines for meaningful use this year and for more flexibility from the CMS. Ms. Tavenner said CMS officials had heard many concerns about moving forward with Stage 2, and "are sensitive to those concerns. …

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