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Washington Debrief: The Push for 90-Day Reporting in 2016 Continues!

August 22, 2016
by Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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Meaningful Use

The Push for 90-Day Reporting in 2016 Continues!

Key Takeaway: CHIME, along with 20 additional organizations, send CMS a letter urging a 90-day reporting period.

Why it Matters: Today, CHIME and others implored CMS to finalize a proposal offered in the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule and change the Meaningful Use reporting period to 90 days for all providers. CHIME has consistently advocated for this and has called upon CMS year after year to adopt a 90-day reporting period, something this is particularly helpful given that the program’s “pass / fail” construct remains intact. CHIME successfully helped get the reporting period changed in previous years. The change for 2015 was made at the very last minute last year. In order to give providers as much time to prepare and to take advantage of this change, we are urging CMS to finalize their proposal as soon as possible.

CMS Meaningful Use Webinars

Key Takeaway: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting two webinars on 2016 reporting.

Why it Matters: CMS will host two webinars in August that highlight how to participate successfully in the EHR Incentive Programs in 2016 based on the criteria outlined in the October 2015 final rule. The first webinar will discuss criteria for eligible professionals (EPs) and the second will highlight requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). Registration information is below.

Eligible Professionals:

Eligible Hospitals/CAHs:


NIST issues new RFI

Key Takeaway: CHIME has formed a workgroup to respond to a new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Request for Information (RFI) on cybersecurity.

Why it Matters: The new RFI, while not specific to the healthcare sector, is nonetheless of interest and CHIME plans on responding. The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity requests information about current and future states of cybersecurity in the digital economy. As directed by Executive Order 13718, the commission will make detailed recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors while protecting privacy, ensuring public safety and economic and national security, fostering discovery and development of new technical solutions, and bolstering partnerships between federal, state and local government and the private sector in the development, promotion, and use of cybersecurity technologies, policies, and best practices. NIST has been tasked with providing the commission with such expertise, services, funds, facilities, staff, equipment, and other support services as may be necessary to carry out its mission.

The commission is seeking information on the following topics: critical infrastructure cybersecurity, cybersecurity insurance, cybersecurity research and development, cybersecurity workforce, federal governance, identity and access management, international markets, internet of things, public awareness and education, and state and local government cybersecurity.

The RFI was published on August 10 with a short comment deadline of September 9. We are hosting two workgroup calls on Monday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 24, both at noon ET to help shape our comments. Please RSVP to Mari if you want to be added. 

Federal Security Conference

Key Takeaway: NIST and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) co-host security event.