• MIPS 2021—PI: Your EHR System Must Be a CEHRT

    This content is excerpted from EyeNet’s MIPS 2021; also see the Academy’s MIPS hub page.


    You must use either a 2015-edition CEHRT or—new for 2021—a 2015-edition Cures Update CEHRT. To participate in the MIPS PI performance category, you’ll need a certified EHR technology (CEHRT) that has either 2015-edition certification or 2015-edition Cures Update certification. If you use a modular EHR system, you can use a mixture of 2015-edition modules and 2015-edition Cures Update modules. (Note: Starting in 2023, CMS plans to make the 2015-edition Cures Update certification mandatory for PI.)

    What is 2015-edition Cures Update certification? In 2020, the 21st Century Cures Act created the 2015-editon Cures Update certification, which is an update of the 2015-edition certification. The updates include changes that are intended to improve interoperability between different EHR systems.

    Check your EHR system’s certification. To check the cer­tification status of an EHR product at any given time, visit the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) at https://chpl.healthit.gov/#/search. (Make a note of your system’s CHPL ID#; you will need this when you report your PI performance to CMS.)

    What if your EHR system’s certification is still pending? CMS recognizes that some vendors may be providing upgraded EHR systems to practices while certification is still pending. If this is the case with your EHR system, you may still be able to satisfy the CEHRT requirement provided:

    • your EHR system has 2015-edition or 2015-edi­tion Cures Update functionality for all 90+ days of your PI performance period, and
    • CMS grants the certification by the last day of that performance period.

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