Health Reform: Priorities and Challenges for Hospital Executives
A survey of hospital executives revealed that although meeting the requirements for meaningful use incentives is a high priority, executives are also planning for other aspects of health reform. IT executives were very focused on meeting meaningful use – 84 percent said it was their top priority. Among operational executives, 48 percent cited meaningful use as their number one priority; for 31 percent the number one priority was preparing for new models of accountable care. Fifty-one percent of the hospitals are planning to qualify for meaningful use in 2011, and another 34 percent in 2012. They believe the biggest challenges in meeting meaningful use incentives will be physician documentation, reporting of quality metrics and implementing health information exchanges. Twenty-five percent of our sample plan to participate in pilots of bundled payments or accountable care organizations and only 10 percent have already made a decision, leaving most of the market undecided.
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