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.
The 2016 IPPS final rule has been released for clinical quality measures. It now requires hospitals to report Meaningful Use clinical quality measures via an electronic submission method for 2016.
Staying Focused On Patient Engagement Despite Proposed NPRM Changes for 6.2
With the proposed changes for Meaningful Use Stage 2, I’m often asked for advice. One piece of advice that I offer has people stopping in their tracks. Despite the “relief” on patient engagement requirements being offered with the proposed changes for Core 6.2, I say to our customers over and over again: “Ignore the change to Core 6.2 and keep going with your current patient engagement plans!”
With hospital budgets shrinking and any remaining dollars being allocated in many directions, we often hear from customers that they don’t have funding for one initiative or another — and end up putting increased strain on their own staff to do more.
As of last September, I’ve been watching for CMS to officially announce the switch to a shorter EHR reporting period for 2015. At that time, Congress first introduced Bill H.R. 270, designed to allow for a 90-day Meaningful Use reporting period, and the bill was supported by 33 co-sponsors.
After getting through a dense reading of the NPRM for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use in one long day (all 301 pages), my goal is to help our readers look ahead and plan for Stage 3.