Stage 2 Meaningful Use Adoption Low
Only 50 percent of healthcare providers and just four hospitals have achieved Stage 2 meaningful use guidelines for electronic health records (EHR), a CMS committee heard Tuesday, May 6. Elizabeth Myers, policy and outreach lead at CMS' Office of eHealth Standards and Services told the agency's Health Information Technology Policy committee there wasn't enough data to determine the program's success, according to Modern Healthcare. While providers are within four months of the beginning of their adoption period, hospital are seven months into a period that began Oct. 1, 2013. Hospitals having completed two or three years of meaningful use at Stage 1 of the Medicare portion of the program must advance and achieve 90 consecutive days of meaningful use at more stringent Stage 2 meaningful-use levels during the 2014 federal fiscal year or lose incentive payments, a 1 percent reduction in future Medicare reimbursements. Providers who have attested to two or more years at Stage 1 must step up to Stage 2, as well. Unlike facilities they must be compliant by the end of the calendar year.