If you’re asking: “What the heck is going on with Meaningful Use? Is it over? Are we done?” then you’re not alone. The announcement released this week by Andy Slavett, stating that Meaningful Use will soon come an end, has the industry more confused than ever.
Let’s clear up the rumors and explain what we know. The blog post put out by Slavett and Karen DeSalvo a week later discussed the plan to move away from measuring technology usage, and move on to a new focus on quality measures. To learn more about that vision, read the latest article published in Healthcare IT News on the subject.
“So what does that mean for everything we’ve done to track Meaningful Use?” is the question we hear next. The answer is to stay the course, for now, and stay tuned.
Changes will be announced in the coming months, and in the meantime, CMS continues to plan for, and execute, Meaningful Use audits. Twenty percent of hospitals will be targeted for an audit, and Meaningful Use audit failure still equates to re-payment of incentive dollars and penalties. Even if Meaningful Use comes to an end, CMS will continue to audit and check for Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use compliance.
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In the meantime, stay the MU course. We will continue to update our blog with the latest news, to keep you planning for the future.