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:
- Help to simplify the meaningful use program,
- Advance the use of health IT toward improving health delivery, and
- 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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