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Proposed 2014 fee schedule recommends changes to Meaningful Use program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed 2014 physician fee schedule, unofficially released July 8, includes several suggested changes to the Meaningful Use incentive program. CMS proposes two additional options to align Meaningful Use reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) with other reporting obligations to reduce reporting burdens on physicians. One proposed option would integrate reporting on quality measures by for eligible professionals participating in a qualified clinical data registry. The other proposed option would allow for group reporting of CQMs for eligible professionals who are part of a Comprehensive Primary Care practice site pursuant to the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative.

CMS is also proposing that eligible professionals who seek to report CQMs electronically must use the most recent version of electronic specifications for CQMs. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register July 19; comments are due by September 17. Proposed rule (.pdf)