Submit Comments on Proposed Changes to EHR Incentive Programs by June 13
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (@CMSGov) issued the FY 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) rule on April 14, 2017, which proposes a number of changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The publication date was April 28, 2017.
The proposals include:
- For CY 2018, modifying the EHR reporting period from the full calendar year to a minimum of any continuous 90-day period for new and returning participants in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs.
- Adding a new exception from the Medicare payment adjustments for Eligible Professionals (EPs), Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that demonstrate through an application process that complying with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user is not possible because their certified EHR technology has been decertified under ONC’s Health IT Certification Program.
- Implementing a policy in which no payment adjustments will be made for EPs who furnish “substantially all” of their covered professional services in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC); applicable for the 2017 and 2018 Medicare payment adjustments.
- Using Place of Service (POS) code 24 to identify services furnished in an ASC as well as requesting public comment on whether other POS codes or mechanisms should be used to identify sites of service in addition to or in lieu of POS code 24.
Submit a Formal Comment by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 13
The public can submit comments in several ways:
- By regular mail
- By express or overnight mail
- By hand or courier
Please review the Proposed Rule for specific instructions for each method and submit by ONLY one method.
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