"It's in everyone's interest to have it start as soon as possible," he continued," and that's what we're shooting for, because I think just like you saw with the final rule, there's intense commitment from everyone in the department to get these rules out as soon as possible, recognizing the timing concerns that commenters had expressed, and I think the same is going to be true with the test procedures and the other elements that still need to fall in place."
To me, this casts a lengthy shadow over all the other issues looming in the 474 pages issued by ONC and the other 672 pages issued by HHS. Providers are already seeing lengthy delays from vendors as they rush to implement EHR systems, according to Charles E. Christian, CIO of Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN., who spoke at length of his concern at the American Hospital Leadership Summit in July.
Rewind back to the date that the final rules for Meaningful Use Stage 1 were released. Now ask yourself this: How long did it take to get from the final rulemaking then and availability of software certified by CMS for Meaningful Use Stage 1? I wasn't monitoring the issue back in the summer of 2010, but I am guessing it was at least three months.
Given the number of new features in in this round for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 attesters, it could take as long or longer for certification of software this time.