MGMA-ACMPE Seeks Delay for Stage 2 MU Penalties

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , August 22, 2013

Lack of vendor readiness for the move to Stage 2 Meaningful Use means physicians will be unable to meet the requirements for EHR implementation and will be subject to fines starting in 2015, the Medical Group Management Association says.

The Medical Group Management Association has become the newest member in a grumbling chorus of prominent healthcare professional associations that want the federal government to modify components of Stage 2 Meaningful Use implementation.

MGMA-ACMPE President/CEO Susan Turney, MD, in a letter this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that concern over "vendor readiness" for the move into Stage 2 Meaningful Use has left physicians in a lurch.

"It has become clear that the alignment between the more rigorous Stage 2 requirements and the ability of the vendor community to produce and deploy Stage 2 certified products has simply not occurred at the pace anticipated," Turney said in the letter.

"If the appropriate steps are not taken, we believe physicians that have made significant investments in (electronic health record) technology and successfully completed Stage 1 requirements will be unfairly subject to negative Medicare payment adjustments. Accordingly, HHS should immediately institute an indefinite moratorium on penalties for physicians that successfully completed Stage 1 meaningful use requirements."

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