New CMS rule modifies EHR meaningful use for 2015

In October, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule (with comment period), specifying the criteria that eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (EH/CAHs) must meet to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR). These changes encompass modifications to the program for 2015-2017 (Modified Stage 2), as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.

What you need to know for Program Year 2015

The new final rule provides for modifications to reporting period and objective/measure requirements for EP and EH/CAH participants for Program Year 2015 (PY2015):

  • EHR reporting period:  All participants will attest to an EHR reporting period of any continuous 90-day period within the calendar year. EPs may select any continuous 90-day reporting period from January 1 through December 31, 2015. EH/CAHs may select any continuous 90-day period from October 1, 2014, through December 31, 2015.
  • Objectives and measures: All participants are required to use 2014 Edition certified EHR technology and attest to a single set of objectives and measures, which replaces the core/menu structure from previous program years. EPs have a single set of 10 objectives, and EH/CAHs have a single set of nine objectives.

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program PY2015 Applications

The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) will update the Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository (MAPIR) system to accommodate the final rule's new provisions. EPs and EH/CAHs beyond the first year of meaningful use must wait until the MAPIR system upgrades are complete. Therefore, at this time, the IHCP can accept only the following PY2015 applications:

  • Adopt, Implement, Upgrade (AIU) submissions
  • Participants demonstrating meaningful use for the first time in PY2015 using the Stage 1 (2014) core/menu objective set

Effective December 16, 2015, the MAPIR portal will be closed to ALL meaningful use application submissions until the upgrades are complete. The IHCP anticipates that all system updates will be complete by the second quarter of 2016. During this time frame, only AIU applications for PY2015 will be accepted.

To view all the program changes with this final rule, visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs home page. For more information:

  • Contact the Indiana Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Help Desk for information about registering or attesting to MU via the MAPIR portal at 855-856-9563 or MedicaidHealthIT@fssa.in.gov.
  • Contact Purdue Healthcare Advisors for questions related to meeting the objectives and how this new MU final rule affects you at 844-PHA-INMU (844-742-468) or INMedicaidMUHelp@pha.purdue.edu.