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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a 752-page final rule covering three components of the electronic health records meaningful use program. The rule finalizes modifications to Stages 1 and 2; the 2015 edition of electronic health records certification criteria; and Stage 3 of meaningful use.
Under the modifications to Stages 1 and 2, eligible professionals have 10 meaningful use objectives, down from 18 previously. In Stage 3, there are 8 objectives for eligible professionals and hospitals, and more than 60 percent of measures require interoperability.
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7 Responses

  1. AMA Calls for Meaningful Use Reforms if Stage 3 is to Succeed

    The nation’s largest physician organization is calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to fix the problems with what it calls the “troubled” Meaningful Use program, before moving on to Stage 3. In a Dec. 15 letter to Acting CMS Administrator Andrew Slavitt and National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the American Medical Association submitted a set of recommendations with proposed revisions to the final Stage 3 rule released in October.

    “The AMA has raised substantial concerns about the effect of the MU program on the practice of medicine and the innovation of technology. Yet, Stage 3, as currently drafted, continues to restrict innovations in technology for patients and physicians and creates barriers in moving to the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs),” states the letter. AMA’s vision for a “revised” Stage 3 is to address the current challenges with electronic health records and to provide a “glide path” towards MIPS and APMs.

    Source: Greg Slabodkin, Health Data Management [12/16/15]


  2. Obama Signs Law Giving Providers MU Hardship Exemptions

    President Obama just signed into law the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, which makes it easier for eligible professionals and hospitals to apply for hardship exemptions from Meaningful Use electronic health record requirements.

    In particular, the law provides EPs and EHs with relief from financial penalties for failing to meet Stage 2 MU requirements this year, ensuring that providers have “flexibility in applying the hardship exception for Meaningful Use for the 2015 EHR reporting period for 2017 payment adjustments.”

    To avoid a penalty, physicians and hospitals had to attest that they met the requirements for MU Stage 2 for a period of 90 consecutive days during calendar year 2015.

    However, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services did not publish the 2015-2017 modifications rule for Stage 1 and 2 of MU until October. As a result, by the time providers were notified of the requirements, fewer than the 90 required days for reporting remained in the calendar year.

    Source: Greg Slabodkin, Health Data Management [12/29/15]


  3. Meaningful Use Is Dead? … Long Live Something Better!

    By Margalit Gur-Arie

    At the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, Mr. Andrew Slavitt, acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced on January 11th that “The meaningful use program as it has existed will now effectively be over, and replaced with something better”, and later clarified on Twitter that “In 2016, MU as it has existed– with MACRA– will now be effectively over and replaced with something better”.

    Meaningful Use is dead. Just like that. No apologies. No nothing. As someone who’s been lamenting the havoc wreaked by the program on both doctors and patients, I should be elated nevertheless.


    Well, I am not.

    via Ann Miller RN MHA

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  4. MU

    With luck, the Meaningful Use blunder will be remembered as an example of excessive government interference in the free market.

    Darrell Pruitt DDS



    Meaningful-use Overhaul is Coming: CMS Administrator

    CMS Administrator Seema Verma said her agency is planning on overhauling its meaningful-use requirements, after years of provider complaints that the program was too burdensome and hard to implement. Specifically, the CMS is looking to reduce time and compliance costs associated with the program. Verma didn’t provide any additional details during her speech at HIMSS’ annual conference on Tuesday.

    The agency’s moves come just weeks after President Donald Trump signed a funding bill that included measures to ease meaningful-use requirements and expand telehealth access for Medicare beneficiaries.The meaningful-use bill, introduced last summer, could make meeting electronic health record meaningful-use requirements easier since they no longer have to become stricter over time.

    Source: Virgil Dickson, Modern Healthcare [3/6/18]


  6. “Meaningful Use was a failure”
    [Meaningful Use was a scam]

    “Are Providers Ready for Health-Care Data Exchange?”
    By James Swann for Health Care Blog, April 30, 2018

    Swann: Medicare’s move is also a sign that it understands that the original electronic health records incentive program was a failure, Colin Zick, a health-care attorney with Foley Hoag in Boston, told me. The incentive program, also known as meaningful use, paid physicians who could demonstrate they were making effective use of electronic health records.

    “There has been precious little in results to show in terms of interoperability, let alone quality, for all that spending,” Zick said, referring to the meaningful use program.


    Don’t forget. The American Dental Association was once a strong proponent of Meaningful Use. So how much can we really trust the ADA for advice, Doc?

    The ADA continues to claim, “EHRs provide long-term savings and convenience.”
    (No byline, ADA News, December 6, 2013).


    (It’s another lie, Doc).

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS


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