CMS: More Hospitals Meet Meaningful-use than Expected
A Dec. 9 report to the Health information Technology Policy Committee indicates that almost 3,700 hospitals have attested to meeting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) office of e-health standards’ meaningful-use requirements, through Dec. 1.
The report indicates the number of hospitals attesting to Stage 2 doubled, in a month, to 1,681. Only 10 had attested by July 1 of 2014.
Payment for 2014 attestation ended Sept. 1, but an extension of the deadline has helped more hospitals complete compliance. Modern Healthcare reports that 2,500 hospitals were expected to be required to step up to Stage 2 this year, after meeting Stage 1 in the first years of the program. CMS says 5,011 hospitals are eligible to participate in the program.