For nearly two decades, physicians have had to work with the threat of massive cuts to Medicare hanging over their head from the sustainable growth rate (SGR). Somehow, during the most virulent Congressional partisanship in our history, a solution was reached and overwhelmingly passed both houses in April.
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Change is coming to Stage 2 Meaningful Use, officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday, as a new rule aims to cut back on redundancies and solve a few headaches healthcare providers have expressed over the program.
CMS unveiled the rule on Friday afternoon, which meant many in attendance at the HIMSS Annual Conference in Chicago hadn’t had much time to digest the proposal.
Most notably, the rule changes the reporting for first-time enrollees from one year to any 90-day period. In the second year, participants would have to report for a full calendar year. It also aligns the reporting period with the calendar year, and not the fiscal year.
If approved, the changes would apply to 2015.
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