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HHS/CMS RIN: 0938-AS26 Publication ID: Fall 2015 
Title: Electronic Health Record Incentive Program--Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 (CMS-3310-F)(Section 610 Review) 

This final rule specifies the requirements that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must meet in order to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments and avoid downward payment adjustments under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.  In addition, it changes the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs reporting period in 2015 to a 90-day period aligned with the calendar year.  This rule also removes reporting requirements on measures that have become redundant, duplicative, or topped out from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.  In addition, this rule establishes the requirements for Stage 3 of the program as optional in 2017 and required for all participants beginning in 2018.  The rule continues to encourage the electronic submission of clinical quality measure data, establishes requirements to transition the program to a single stage, and aligns reporting for providers in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
RFA Section 610 Review: Section 610 Review 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 170    42 CFR 412    42 CFR 413    42 CFR 495   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-5, title IV of Division B   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  MMA section 902.  03/30/2018 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/30/2015  80 FR 16732   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/29/2015 
Final Action  10/16/2015  80 FR 62762   
Final Action Effective  12/12/2015 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Related RINs: Related to 0991-AB93, Merged with 0938-AS58  Related Agencies: Common: null/null; 
Agency Contact:
Elizabeth S. Holland
Technical Advisor
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, MS: S2-26-17, 7500 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone:410 786-1309