Stage 3 is coming, are you ready?

Most practices are not.

The new Stage 3 rules meaningful use rules were released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday, March 20, 2015.

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Many healthcare organizations are still combing through the more than 300 pages of rules.

CMS says that the Stage 3 meaningful use rules are intended to improve quality and encourage more cost-effective and coordinated care.

CMS stated that the new regulations:

  1. Help to simplify the meaningful use program,
  2. Advance the use of health IT toward improving health delivery, and
  3. Further align the program with other quality and value programs.

Despite CMS’s claims, Stage 3 is also raising concerns on the part of many providers.

The regulations place heavy burdens on healthcare providers and their resources. Many providers have not yet attested to Stage 2 meaningful use.

Some parts of Stage 3 are more troubling than others.

Some providers have expressed concerns regarding the requirement of having 25% of patients view, download or transmit their health information. Other providers are more concerned with the requirement of needing to have complete data sets available within 24 hours of discharge in a hospital setting.

Dates and deadlines.

CMS said that a new reporting deadline will be proposed soon.

The comment period for Stage 3 and 2015 Edition criteria ends May 29, 2015.

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