CHIME and AHA criticize Meaningful Use proposal

Multiple medical organizations have taken issue with CMS' proposed meaningful use rule.

Since the proposed rule for Meaningful Use Stage 3 first appeared, it has been criticized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and CIOs alike.

According to Healthcare IT News, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executive (CHIME) has also expressed concern over the current plan for Stage 3, and suggested alternate measures in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS).

As the source describes, some of these suggestions include a 90-day compliance reporting period as well as a possible 90-day reprieve for providers to update systems or perform maintenance. The comment period for the proposal ends this week, and CHIME is also targeting other related regulations. CHIME is further contesting the 2018 deadline for Meaningful Use attestation.

A recent letter signed by the executive vice president of the AHA, Rick Pollack, and addressed to the acting administrator of CMS, Andrew Slavitt, called for the CMS to reconsider its proposal, given the lack of Stage 2 success.

"While the Stage 3 proposals offer promising ideas that could further health information exchange and support greater patient engagement, we do not yet have sufficient experience at Stage 2 to be confident that the proposals for Stage 3 are feasible and appropriate," the letter reads. As an alternative, it suggests that the CMS "evaluate the experience in Stage 2 while accelerating the availability of mature standards" as well as the necessary infrastructure.

Providers will need proper healthcare IT consulting services to guide them to efficient use of technology. Performance consulting involves an operational assessment that will help organizations improve their approach to implementing technology. Custom analysis will dictates what an organization needs, and has to be respected for the best impact.

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