Today Republican Congresswoman Ellmers of North Carolina and Democratic Congressman Matheson of Utah introduced the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act proposing to allow health care providers an easier way to meet Meaningful Use requirements for electronic health records (E.H.Rs) via a shortened reporting period in 2015.
Flex-IT would negate the latest final rule from CMS, adjusting the program reporting timeline from a full year to any three-month quarter. Current full-year of reporting using 2014 Edition certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) in 2015 puts many hospitals and eligible professionals (“EPs” or physicians) at risk of not meeting Meaningful Use in 2015. Only 143 hospitals of over 3,800 in the U.S. have met Stage 2. The reminder would have needed to be ready within two weeks.
CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives endorsed the bill.