MU Slides into Summer of Discontent

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , July 8, 2014

One of CHIME's primary requests is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allow providers to choose any three-month quarter for an EHR reporting period in the next federal fiscal year or calendar year to qualify for Meaningful Use in 2015. As currently structured, the program requires providers to report a full year of data to qualify for incentives.

'EHRs are Seen as Cumbersome'
The AMA, which traditionally takes more issue with the requirements of EHR implementation or meaningful use than CHIME or other groups, wants more relief than that. "EHRs are seen as cumbersome" by AMA members, testified Mari Savickis, AMA assistant director for medical affairs, at an ONC hearing in May.

Meaningful use adds "extra steps in their workflow. Many of these steps are smattered across the EHR with little identification to how they provide value back to the care of the patients," Savickis added.

Instead, AMA continues to urge that meaningful use be pared back to a program "focused on promoting meaningful data exchange, improving the ability to report clinical quality measures, areas which are mandated under HITECH and with the industry as a whole experiencing serious challenges."

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2 comments on "MU Slides into Summer of Discontent"

Frank Poggio (7/12/2014 at 12:44 PM)
Scott, You bet the 'bang will come'...remember EHR & MU was sold to Congress on the basis it will save $800billion (the infamous Rand Report) . So the bang will be when CMS starts to slash provider payments to show that it was a 'successful' program. The logic will be simple. CMS - we gave you $$ millions for your EHR, and now we are here to collect our ROI!

pk (7/9/2014 at 9:47 AM)
I am reminded of something my daddy told me several decades ago. There is no such thing as a "good deal" with the Federal Government.




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