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CMS Reviews 2016 Meaningful Use Reporting Requirements

Those attesting to meaningful use in 2016 should take note of changes in secure direct messaging and public health reporting requirements.

By Sara Heath

- CMS is reminding eligible providers about the 2016 requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs, including added flexibilities.

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In a public statement, the agency reviewed changes for secure electronic messaging reporting requirements. For this reporting period, eligible professionals must send or receive a secure electronic message from at least one unique patient using certified EHR technology (CEHRT).

CMS has also made changes to public health reporting requirements, easing the requirements under this measure. In the 2016 reporting period, eligible professionals must attest to two measures, while eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals must attest to three measures. They may also claim alternative exclusions.

According to CMS, it has implemented these flexibilities over time to assist providers who are scheduled to be in an earlier stage of the programs, affected by a significant hardship, or implementing or upgrading their CEHRT.

Attestation for the 2016 reporting period beings on January 1, 2017, and lasts until February 28, 2017. 

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