Medicaid Stage 3 rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are meant to help drive higher quality, yet more cost effective care for Medicaid. These rules help improve the way providers are paid and bolster better information sharing. The new Medicaid Stage 3 meaningful use rule proposed by CMS seek to give providers more flexibility, simplify programs, drive interoperability among electric health records and put focus on improving patient outcomes. CMS touts the proposed rule’s flexibility, pointing to simplified requirements for providers that keep a focus on advancing the use of electronic health records and the rule scraps box-checking requirements that are no longer relevant. Officials say Stage 3’s scope is limited to 2017 and beyond. CMS is eyeing additional changes to existing meaningful rules in 2015 through separate rulemaking. The comment periods for Stage 3 and the 2015 Edition criteria end May 29, 2015.
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