What you need to know
CMS requires all Medicare-eligible clinicians in 2019 to use an electronic health record that meets the 2015 certification standards. In addition, CMS has replaced quality measure “ACO-11: Use of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology” with new requirements.
2 New Requirements
- Shared Savings Program ACOs in Track 1 (including the HackensackAlliance, JFK Health
andMeridian ACOs) must certify 50% of their eligible clinicians’ usage of the 2015 edition of CEHRT.
- Practices must report the Promoting Interoperability (PI) category for MIPS, even if they don’t participate in an ACO. To receive credit for the PI category, practices must use a 2015 CEHRT EHR. Eligible clinicians who fail to comply will receive zero points in the category. This category represents 30% of the overall MIPS score.
ACOs that extended their agreement to June 30, 2019, including the HackensackAlliance ACO and Meridian ACO, will certify in the spring of 2019. ACOs with an end date of December 31, 2019, including the JFK Health ACO, will certify in the fall of 2019.
What is 2015 CEHRT?
2015 CEHRT is the required electronic health record certification standard, which enables EHRs to comply with MACRA performance standards. All EHR vendors must be certified to this standard to allow for their users to comply with requirements of MIPS and ACO performance.
2015 CEHRT establishes the following:
- New and updated vocabulary and content standards for the structured recording and electronic exchange of health information;
- Enhanced data export, transitions of care, and application programming interface (API) capabilities;
- Criteria for reporting capability alignment across multiple programs;
- Standards for more granular capture of race and ethnicity; for the collection of sexual orientation, gender identity, social, psychological, and behavioral data;
- Health IT applications that include essential privacy and security capabilities.
Unsure whether your EHR meets the 2015 CEHRT requirement?
Visit chpl.healthit.gov and type in your EHR’s product name to see if your EHR version meets the requirement. (Typically, you can identify your EHR’s version by clicking on the EHR’s “About” tab.)
Not using a 2015 CEHRT EHR?
If your EHR is not 2015 certified, contact your EHR vendor for additional information on how to upgrade your EHR.