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Stage 2 woes may temper the effect of stage 3 meaningful use
This article is part of the Pulse issue of Volume 3, Number 2, March/April 2015
The soapboxes of healthcare IT littered the streets of Washington, D.C., during a recent, particularly lively week -- and in the aftermath, it's possible that stage 3 meaningful use reporting faces some changes. To be clear, stage 3 isn't on the chopping block. But enough evidence is lying around from debates, press releases and political ballyhoos to suspect that the final stage 3 attestation rules may get a makeover before things settle down. For example, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is hopeful that past tugs-of-war over meaningful use will lead to a final version of stage 3 that favors a patient-outcome-based reporting model over the initial proposal's metric-based approach, said Russell Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO, president of the organization. Generally, stage 3 further pushes physicians and hospitals to delve into the digital word with medical records and data interoperability. For example, the proposed rule recommends that clinicians should record notes in EHRs for more than 30% of ...
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The effect of industry feedback on the Health IT Policy Committee's recommendations for meaningful use stage 3 will soon be evident.