CHAN Healthcare Emerging Issue - Meaningful Use

The most recent meaningful use final rule offers flexibility to providers that have experienced implementation delays due to the unavailability of 2014 Edition CEHRT. These providers may continue to receive incentive payments and avoid payment adjustments that begin in 2015. Meaningful use project teams should assess whether they have been affected by 2014 Edition CEHRT availability delays and determine if changing their attestation plan is warranted. Providers that elect to alter the 2014 attestations, as provided for by the final rule, should fully document and retain support as evidence of 2014 Edition CEHRT availability delays, for the final rule stipulates that the support is subject to review as a part of future audits. The final rule does not provide this flexibility to providers that have not been affected by CEHRT delays or providers that experience difficulties meeting stage 2 measures.