Meaningful Use Stage 2 Needs More Time, CHIME Says
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User Rank: Apprentice
7/7/2013 | 4:45:54 AM
re: Meaningful Use Stage 2 Needs More Time, CHIME Says
I agree with your view that it is a bit early to call for a postponement - infact, it should never be called. The lack of understanding among CIO's to the purpose of the MU mandates is a worry. It is not to have a checklist of items completed. The vision is to have a better healthcare system. In essence, what CIOs are asking for is unreasonable. Patient care quality during this time will not be ensured for patients - for the duration of the extension. So why should hospitals be paid for a potential lack of quality, when this is the same issue CMS is trying to fix.
The additional time would only lead to hospitals slowing down the pace of change. There would be no benefit to postponement, it may (will) lead to complacency. I see a total lack of understanding of the real issue by George, particularly in this regard.
As a note, for over 12 years there have been studies that have cited waste in healthcare, under-treatment and over-treatment of patients by condition. CIO's during this time period should have paid attention to these issues. If there was a 'will' to solve these issue in the past, why does it require a healthcare mandate now?
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5/12/2013 | 5:22:19 AM
re: Meaningful Use Stage 2 Needs More Time, CHIME Says
I agree that right now it doesnGÇÖt seem that many providers are ready for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, but I think it may still be a little early to start calling for another postponement. I would like for an analysis to be performed closer to the end of the year before Stage 2 gets postponed. With not only providers, but vendors also looking unprepared, especially with the above mentioned example of only 4 EHRs being certified to use the Direct protocol, we may not see much of a change by the end of year, but I believe we shouldnGÇÖt jump the gun just yet.

Jay Simmons
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