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Dec 11 2011   8:03PM GMT

Delays to meaningful use stage 2

Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR adoption, Electronic health record, HHS, Meaningful use, MU, MU stage 2, Stage 2
On Nov. 30, 2011, the Secretary of Health and Human Services announced a policy change effectively delaying stage 2 meaningful use. The goal of the change is to allow for a greater increase in the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by delaying the stage 2 meaningful use requirements until 2014.

This change will allow hospitals and other eligible providers (EPs) additional time to demonstrate that they are meaningful users of EHR technology per stage 2 compliance measures. For those who have already attested to stage 1, they now have until 2013. For all others who plan to meet the requirements of stage 1 during 2012, they are allowed until 2014 for meaningful use stage 2. And while stage 2 criteria are not yet finalized, health care organizations are waiting eagerly to see what changes and potential new challenges are contained in it.

There are additional details outlining the increase in adoption of EHR according to surveys by CDC as well. The news release and survey findings indicate that approximately 52% of office-based physicians in the US intend to take advantage of the payments available through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Extending the deadline will allow providers the opportunity to catch up with many of the other projects that are currently underway, ranging from infrastructure updates to HIPAA 5010 and ICD 10 migration planning, as well as the review of meaningful use stage 1.

Stage 2, as noted in the proposed measures, does require more patient interactions as well as an increase in measurements and the amount of data collected. This extension will enable many to ensure a successful implementation of many of the new workflows and application components that will assist with the criteria of stage 2.

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