MU Stage 2 Requirements 'Overly Burdensome,' Say AHA, AMA

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , July 25, 2013

The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association say they support widespread adoption of electronic health records, but are asking for flexibility to meet the program's requirements.

With Meaningful Use Stage 2 implementation deadlines looming in the next few months, the nation's two largest provider associations this week asked the federal government for "flexibility" to meet the program's "all-or-nothing" requirements.

Rich Umbdenstock

Rich Umbdenstock

In a joint letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association pledged their support for the widespread adoption of electronic health records.

"However, we believe that the best way to move the program forward and ensure that no providers, particularly small and rural ones, are left behind is to realign the Meaningful Use Program's current requirements to ensure a safe, orderly transition to Stage 2," AHA President/CEO Rich Umbdenstock and AMA CEO James. L Madara, MD, said in their letter.

Stage 2 implementation for hospitals begins on Oct. 1, the first day of the federal fiscal year. For physicians, Stage 2 begins on Jan. 1, 2014. The AHA and the AMA said in their joint letter, however, that the implementation dates have placed EHR vendors on an overly aggressive deadline to provide technical support for more than 500,000 hospitals and physicians.

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FlPoggio (7/25/2013 at 9:54 AM)
And keep in mind that all Stage 1 vendor certifications 'die' on 09/30/2013 for inpatient, and 12/31/2013 for Ambulatory. That means although providers can still attest to Stage 1 in 2014 (as late as September), they cannot use a vendors 2011 (Stage1) certification to do it. The vendor system must have passed 2014 test Criteria, which is what can be used for Stage 1 attestations. As correctly pointed out in the article as of this week there are very few vendors certified under the 2014 Edition Test Criteria. Why? Because the test criteria, just like the provider attestations, are far more complex and the criteria keep changing. For example, on July 14 ONC issued no less than 14 test script changes/revisions. That impacts almost 50% of the test scripts and clients I have been working with had to revise test applications and redo some software. Here we are some seven months into the program, and three months away for a drop dead date. Clearly there is a 'train-wreck' a coming but ONC seems to be oblivious. Frank Poggio The Kelzon Group




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