Meaningful Use – are you ready?

While the second delay of ICD-10 adoption has given healthcare institutions some breathing space, Meaningful Use 1 and 2 continue to relentlessly march forward. In fact, as anyone working in healthcare IT knows, the pressure is on this year.

NEMT CEO Linda Sullivan

Meaningful Use Stage 2 is described by David Blumenthal, M.D. as “Where the Rubber Meets The Road” in healthcarenews.com. Blumenthal is the national coordinator for health information technology and he is often credited as the architect of Meaningful Use.

Going back to where this all began with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Ace of 2009, it’s been a long, costly, and painful road. Clearly much progress has been made and making an informal survey of the NEMT client base, most have already adopted an EHR while just a few are in the process now.

Depending on when facilities began the process, everyone must complete a 90 attestation period for either Stage 1, if the process was begun in 2013 or 2014; or for Stage 2 if it was begun in 2011 or 2012. At issue is that penalties will begin to accrue in 2015.

The jury is still out on whether it was a good thing that ICD-10 was delayed yet again but given the current timetable for facilities to meet Meaningful Use criteria, it doesn’t seem such a bad thing today.

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