Flex-IT Act May Grant Shorter Meaningful Use Reporting Period in 2015

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.

Michael F. Arrigo

Michael is Managing Partner & CEO of No World Borders, a leading healthcare management and IT consulting firm. He serves as an expert witness in Federal and State Court and was recently ruled as an expert by a 9th Circuit Federal Judge. He serves as a patent expert witness on intellectual property disputes, both as a Technical Expert and a Damages expert. He leads a team that provides Cybersecurity best practices for healthcare clients, ICD-10 Consulting, Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records. He advises legal teams as an expert witness in HIPAA Privacy and Security, medical coding and billing and usual and customary cost of care, the Affordable Care Act and benefits enrollment, white collar crime, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, Stark Law, Insurance Fraud, payor-provider disputes, and consults to venture capital and private equity firms on mHealth, Cloud Computing in Healthcare, and Software as a Service. He advises self-insured employers on cost of care and regulations. Arrigo was recently retained by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding a significant false claims act investigation. He has provided opinions on over $1 billion in health care claims and due diligence on over $8 billion in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. Education: UC Irvine - Economics and Computer Science, University of Southern California - Business, studies at Stanford Medical School - Biomedical Informatics, studies at Harvard Medical School - Bioethics. Trained in over 10 medical specialties in medical billing and coding. Trained by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and PTAB Judges on patent statutes, rules and case law (as a non-attorney to better advise clients on Technical and Damages aspects of patent construction and claims). Mr. Arrigo has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and National Public Radio.

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