The Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM) has posted on its website that the EHR proficiency revised regulations will become effective as of Friday, January 2, 2015. Physician initial and renewal license applicants (see exemptions at 243 CMR 2.02 (2)(f)) will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of an EHR just one time in the following ways:
- Participation in a Meaningful Use program as an eligible professional;
- Employment with, credentialed to provide patient care at, or in a contractual agreement with an eligible hospital or critical access hospital that has a CMS Meaningful Use program;
- Participation as either a Participant or an Authorized User in the Massachusetts Health Information Highway; or
- Completion of three hours of a Category 1 EHR-related CPD course that discusses, at a minimum, the core and menu objectives and the CQMs for Meaningful Use. These three EHR credits may be used toward the required ten risk management CPD credits.
Special Note: An Interim Policy has been issued to grant one-time administrative waivers for initial full license applications or renewals filed between Jan. 1 through March 31, 2015.