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It’s Time to Upgrade Your EHR to a 2015 Certified Version


Eligible clinicians and groups that participate in MIPS are required to use certified EHR technology (CEHRT) if they want to report measures in the Promoting Interoperability category.
In 2018, this requirement can be met with either 2014 or 2015 Edition CEHRT or a combination of the two.  The 2019 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule states that only 2015 Edition CEHRT can be utilized during the 2019 reporting period.  So when do you need to upgrade your EHR?  Since the Promoting Interoperability category has a 90-day reporting period in 2019, 2015 CEHRT must be in place by October 2, 2019 at the very latest to use a reporting period of October 2 through December 31.  There is however, an exception to the October implementation date and it is based on the submission method that the quality category will be reported. If quality measures are going to be reported via EHR in 2019, then 2015 CEHRT must be in place prior to January 1, 2019 because the reporting period for the quality category is the full calendar year.