Final MU 2 Rules Will Significantly Ratchet Up Vendor Costs

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , August 28, 2012

"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.

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1 comments on "Final MU 2 Rules Will Significantly Ratchet Up Vendor Costs"

flpoggio (8/28/2012 at 2:15 PM)
I just got off the Friday NeHC webinar and when asked this same question the only answer was "we don't know a specific date' and "they will trickle out thru December 2012. That means vendors will have maybe the first paret of next year to modify and test their software. And assuming you would want it running for at least 3 months before the start of 2014...that's a very tight tight schedule. There no doubt will be a massive number of upgrades happening around 9/2013. My advice - don't get admitted to a hospital betw Sept and Dec 2013.




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