Final 2011 Meaningful Use Score Tallied
The number of eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) that successfully met and attested to Stage 1 meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) has been tabulated for 2011, and the number is better than many had predicted.
According to a white paper by RTI International, prepared for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), out of 553,000 EPs, 57,808 (or roughly 10 percent) successfully attested to Stage 1 meaningful use as of the end of June 2012. EPs were required to successfully attest to 15 core measures and choose five of 10 menu measures. According to the report, on average, EPs greatly exceeded all thresholds, but some barely met the thresholds.
Of the 5,011 EHs for the Medicare program, more than 800 (or about 17 percent) met and successfully attested to meaningful use of an EHR. Stage 1 required EHs to attest to 14 core measures and any five out of 10 menu measures. EHs met and well exceeded Stage 1 thresholds; and, unlike EPs, were already fulfilling most Stage 2 thresholds, according to the report.
Stage 1 meaningful use standards evolved from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentives Programs were developed to reward EPs and EHs who readily adopted EHRs and successfully attested to meaningful use criteria.
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