UCAOA Asks CMS to Delay New EHR Requirements
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In October 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  The Final Rule sets forth the guidelines for clinician participation in Medicare's new Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes one of two pathways: the Merit-Based Payment Incentive Program (MIPS) or Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

In that rule, CMS stated that eligible clinicians participating in MIPS will be expected to use electronic health record (EHR) technology certified to the 2015 edition. The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) believes the timeline for requiring all eligible clinicians to use EHR technology certified to the 2015 edition is unnecessarily aggressive, even if CMS maintains a 90-day EHR, or Advancing Care Information, performance period in 2018. For the 2017 MIPS performance period, eligible clinicians have the choice of using EHR technology certified to the 2014 or 2015 editions.

On Feb. 17, 2017, the UCAOA joined 15 other organizations in a letter to the new Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, MD, asking that implementation of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program and Stage-3 like measures in MIPS program be delayed indefinitely. The letter also requested that eligible clinicians not be required to move to EHR technology certified to the 2015 edition.

Release of proposed requirements for MIPS and APMs for the 2018 performance year is expected before June. 

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