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

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , July 25, 2013

"Our members, and the vendors they work with, report growing concerns that the rapidly approaching start date for Stage 2 is on a trajectory that will not provide enough time or adequate flexibility for a safe and orderly transition unless certain changes are made," the letter states.

"As of July 17, the official federal list of certified vendor products shows only nine complete 2014 Edition certified EHRs for the inpatient setting, produced by only six vendors. By comparison, the list shows 313 complete 2011 Edition certified inpatient EHRs. On the ambulatory side, only 11 complete 2014 Edition certified EHRs are listed, while about 1,300 were certified for 2011."

Umbdenstock and Madara said they've also heard from members that vendors are delaying the delivery of systems updates and that providers who have not installed EHRs will be at the end of the line and won't get delivery for as long as 18 months.

"Of course, receiving an upgrade is only the first step in making the transition to the 2014 Edition and meeting the Meaningful Use requirements. It is reasonable to expect that a provider will need up to a year after receiving a technology upgrade to make all of the necessary changes to meet the program requirements," the letter states.

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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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