Moving Ahead with Meaningful Use Stage 2
Author: Jane Metzger
The Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for Stage 2 requirements for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) was published in the Federal Register by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 7, 2012. There will be a 60-day comment period and then a final rule will be published. The final rule is expected in the summer of 2012.
The Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices is the applied research arm of CSC’s Healthcare Group.
Although the CMS meaningful use stage 2 requirements are not yet final, there is information to understand the challenges that organizations will face. In meaningful use Stage 1, organizations could defer about half of the optional requirements; organizations were most likely to defer meaningful use requirements related to patient engagement and coordinating care.
Our survey of information system leaders in provider organizations indicates that the organization's readiness to use these capabilities was the most common reason for deferring requirements. The readiness of their IT vendor was also an important factor.