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28 Jan 2015 

Not Many Hospitals Meet Meaningful Use Stage 2

Recent statistics show that less than 17 percent of healthcare institutions have demonstrated Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements, as scheduled by the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data. 

Actually, not more than 38 percent of eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals have been successful in meeting Stage 1 of Meaningful Use until recently. 

CMS has shelled out more than $25 billion incentive payments for those eligible hospitals and professionals taking part in the Stage 2 of MU. The latest data sure looks disappointing as they reflect on how healthcare centers are finding it difficult to meet with the prescribed Meaningful Use requirements. The deadline is nearing as eligible professionals have only three months, i.e. until February 2015, for reporting their current progress. The worrying fact is that only about two percent have been capable of successfully demonstrating Stage 2 capabilities so far.

The things are moving at an alarmingly slow pace, and in a release, experts from the American Medical Association (AMA), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and others have called the latest results “disappointing, yet predictable.”

According to CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, “Stage 2 participation data released today have validated the concerns of providers and IT leaders. These numbers continue to underscore the need for a sensible glide path in 2015”. He added, “Providers have struggled mightily in 2014, in many instances for reasons beyond their control. If nothing is done to help them get back on track in 2015, we will continue to see growing dissatisfaction with EHRs and disenchantment with Meaningful Use.”

The Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Anders M. Gilberg mentioned, “The low number of EP attestations to date is clear evidence that physician practices and their vendor partners have faced significant challenges in meeting the more onerous Stage 2 requirements of MU”. He further added that shortening the reporting period next year is probably the most important change to be done for the program to remain viable. Moreover, it is a crucial step if the country is to make good progress toward the objectives concerning interoperability.

Executive Vice President of HIMSS, Carla Smith said, “We’re focused on transforming health and healthcare”. She added that Stage 2 and 2014 certified Electronic Health Record technology are significantly important drivers helping to reach the outcome.

The biggest concern can be the full-year of reporting required using 2014 edition certified Electronic Health Record technology (CEHRT) next year. Because of this, many eligible hospitals and physicians are at risk of not meeting MU in 2015 and it can seriously affect the continuous forward progress of the program.

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