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    CMS to give physicians more flexibility to meet Meaningful Use 2, scale back Meaningful Use 3

    The changes to the Meaningful Use program are intended to ease the burden on physicians, CMS officials say

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced changes to stage 2 and stage 3 of the Meaningful Use (MU) program designed to ease the burden on physicians already coping with many regulatory burdens.

    The changes to MU2 include an allowance for providers to request a hardship exemption to avoid the 2015 Medicare penalty if they are unable to attest to MU2 this year. Few details are available yet on what criteria a provider must prove to receive the exemption.

    While CMS has announced it will not delay MU2, it has acknowledged that many vendors are not ready for stage 2 or providers are being forced to wait for updates to their software. In addition, the transition to the International Classification of Diseases—10th Revision (ICD-10) is not being delayed, is also a major burden for physicians in 2014. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner made the announcement during HIMSS14 that there would not be another delay in implementing ICD-10, scheduled to go live Oct. 1.

    CMS has already extended MU2 through 2016 to give physicians more time to attest.

    NEXT: CMS considers scaling back MU3

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    • Mr. NEisenberg
      Mr. NEisenberg With all the clamor of MU2, MU3, ICD-10 why don't we stop all this running around with our tail between our legs and set up on standard like SNOMED that they use in Europe. We are eventually going to go there anyway so why not scrap ICD-10 and go right to SNOMED codes..? If doctors and other medical staff have to relearn all those new "10" codes and then two years later learn the over 160,000 SNOMED codes let's get it over with and give them 2 years to learn the damn codes which we all know will boil down to doctors trying to cram all the code to memory by the last month.. instead of penalties give doctors who learn the new SNOMED codes a bonus, or reward, because these are the doctors that really care about their patients and their profession. What say you to that???? May 24, 2014 - See more at: http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/cms-gi...
    • Mr. NEisenberg
      With all the clamor of MU2, MU3, ICD-10 why don't we stop all this running around with our tail between our legs and set up on standard like SNOMED that they use in Europe. We are eventually going to go there anyway so why not scrap ICD-10 and go right to SNOMED codes..? If doctors and other medical staff have to relearn all those new "10" codes and then two years later learn the over 160,000 SNOMED codes let's get it over with and give them 2 years to learn the damn codes which we all know will boil down to doctors trying to cram all the code to memory by the last month.. instead of penalties give doctors who learn the new SNOMED codes a bonus, or reward, because these are the doctors that really care about their patients and their profession. What say you to that????
    • DeviGovindasamy
      Chris, I suppose, the new compliance date for ICD10 use is Oct 01, 2015 http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index.html?redirect=/icd10 Thanks

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