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12/9/2013
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Feds Extend Deadline For Electronic Health Meaningful Use

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extend period for attesting to Meaningful Use stage 2 regulations through 2016. Meanwhile, hospitals worry about meeting stage 2 in 2014.

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HlthcrUsability
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HlthcrUsability,
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1/7/2014 | 11:41:34 AM
Usability testing takes time
Many EHR vendors are eager to achieve the "Complete EHR Ambulatory" certification from a certified ONC-ATCB, such as Drummond, or CCHIT, authorized to conduct complete and modular EHR testing and certification in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. We recommend that you allow at least 3-4 weeks in your submission timeline for the preparation, conducting and reporting of a summative usability test for EHR 2014 Certification.

 

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fpoggio600
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12/11/2013 | 4:49:30 PM
Wolf in sheeps clothing??
 CMS is extending the time for MU attestations under Stage 2, and allowing vendors more time to test out under Stage 2 either using 2014 test criteria or a new 2015 criteria set (far from ready for prime time).

For vendors it's a wolf in sheep's clothing. In my experience having worked through many 2014 tests with clients - the criteria under 2014 became considerably more complex and extensive as each month passed, test criteria were revised almost on a monthly basis. For example the test for Safety Enhanced Design (170.114g3) started out requesting a simple description of your design/development process, to now submitting detailed test scenarios per NISTIR 7742 standards. The DVT test now requires WCAG 2.0 evaluations, but did not in the early going. This growing complexity is one reason why far less vendors have passed 2014 than 2011. From a vendor perspective, net result is if you wait for the new set of 2015 test criteria those tests will be even more difficult. My advice, don't wait too long. Remember in the healthcare world regulations only grow...never shrink!

Frank Poggio

The Kelzon Group

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Ken Terry
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12/10/2013 | 10:39:07 AM
Re: Smart
Healthcare organizations that are cued up and ready to go on Meaningful Use stage 2 can do so under the new rules and will be rewarded by getting incentives sooner than other healthcare providers. The main effect of the rule change is to push back the start date of MU stage 3. The issue is whether most providers will be able to meet the MU2 requirements in 2014. If not, a lot of of money will be left on the table.
David F. Carr
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12/10/2013 | 10:12:11 AM
What about those who were ready for Stage 2?
This must come as a letdown to those who had been pushing hard to be ready for Stage 2 -- and were in fact ready to attest to the new standards already. They're out there and they must feel a little foolish for having worked hard to meet a deadline that turned out not to be the real deadline.
RobPreston
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12/10/2013 | 9:58:02 AM
Smart
As the bad experience with HealthCare.gov attests, better to delay and get it right than cram it through to meet an arbitrary deadline. 
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