CMS Final Rule Allowing CEHRT Flexibility for 2014

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2014 CEHRT Rule: Quick Guide

On August 29, 2014 CMS and ONC released a final rule that allows providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.


The rule grants flexibility to providers who are unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT for an HER reporting period in 2014 due to delays in 2014 CEHRT availability. Providers may now use EHRs that have been certified under the 2011 Edition, a combination of the 2011 and 2014 Editions, or the 2014 Edition for 2014 participation.


Beginning in 2015, all eligible providers will be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT.


2014 Participation Options

Under the rule, you may use 2011 Edition CEHRT, and you have the option to attest to the 2013 Stage 1 objectives and the 2013 definition CQMs.


Below are the participation options for 2014 based on the Edition of EHR certification you are currently using:


2011 CEHRT

If you are scheduled to report Stage 1 or Stage 2:

  • 2013 Stage 1 objectives and 2013 CQMs


Combination of 2011 & 2014 CEHRT

If you are scheduled to report Stage 1:

  • 2013 Stage 1 objectives and 2013 CQMs; or
  • 2014 Stage 1 objectives and 2014 CQMs

If you are scheduled to report Stage 2:

  • 2013 Stage 1 objectives and 2013 CQMs; or
  • 2014 Stage 1 objectives and 2014 CQMs; or
  • Stage 2 objectives and 2014 CQMs


2014 CEHRT

If you are scheduled to report Stage 1:

  • 2014 Stage 1 objectives and 2014 CQMs

If you are scheduled to report Stage 2:

  • Stage 2 objectives and 2014 CQMs; or
  • 2014 Stage 1 objectives and 2014 CQMs



CEHRT Flexibility Resources

To help you understand the final rule's changes to 2014 participation, CMS has developed the following resources:


Updated Meaningful Use Timeline

The 2014 CEHRT rule also finalizes the extension of Stage 2 through 2016 for certain providers and announces the Stage 3 timeline, which will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful EHR users in 2011 or 2012.


An updated meaningful use timeline and a chart with 2011 and 2014 CEHRT Edition options are below.