Non-Certified EHRs A Common Hurdle To Stage 2 Attestation

Physicians and doctors around the country have expressed doubts regarding the advisability of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation requirements issued by CMS. A significant number of practices wonder whether they can achieve the requisites within the allotted time.

With the outlook being far from promising from the transitional perspective, the reason for most practices being held up has been revealed to be the insufficient adaptability of their EHR systems. A change in the way healthcare providers pursue the Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation may be able to remove the delays that most practices have been facing.

Surveys show that several healthcare providers who failed to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation, point to their EHR systems as being at fault for deadline failure. CMS has informed widely that measures should be taken to ensure adopted systems hold the requisite certification to reach MU2. Practices can avoid the loss of incentives by obtaining a letter of agreement, with upto all reimbursements lost being recoverable in cases where the vendor fails to acquire and deliver certification within the concerted date.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation fundamentally requires the involvement of patients in the healthcare process. Person undergoing treatment ought to be provided access to their health information. By deploying a dedicated patient portal, providers can more easily manage request processing and response. Direct Secure Messaging is a related concern in this area.

The base-model EHR systems initially purchased by eager EP applicants are causing problems with their achieving Stage 2 objectives, as required under the CMS EHR incentive program. A recent survey revealed that close to a fifth of physicians initially acquired EHR systems are lacking a properly certified base product. Laggard practices require buying supplementary products to be able to attain attestation to MU2, or switch EHR vendor altogether.

Changing EHR providers entails a near complete overhaul of the current systems in the EP or EH’s implementation and disposal. But this serves to prevent an incentive block building up, which may be harder to remove further down the line. EHR incentive losses owing to lack of system certification can add up to a scale of thousands of dollars yearly, making this a pressing concern for affected healthcare providers. The adoption and use of an adequate EHR system has been repeatedly suggested by CMS.