Now Available: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Final 2019 Hospital Payment Rule
Changes to the Meaningful Use (MU) Program for the 2019 performance year have been confirmed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) in a final rule that updates Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System.
This rule is applicable to EPs participating in Meaningful Use because it confirms a 90-day electronic health record (EHR) reporting period for 2019, requires the use of 2015-edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT), and lowers the number of MU measures.
Additional components of the rule:
Removes MU measures that do not emphasize interoperability and health information exchange, including some care coordination and patient engagement measures
Renames several MU measures
Confirms that Verify Opioid Treatment Agreements and querying a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) will be optional quality measures in 2019
Includes two new e-prescribing measures related to opioid prescribing