Statement on Meaningful Use
President and CEO
American Hospital Association
October 6, 2015
Today’s release of the meaningful use rules is a mixed bag for hospitals and health systems and the patients they serve. We are pleased that CMS released the long-awaited modifications rule, which will allow hospitals a 90-day reporting period in 2015 along with other flexibilities in response to AHA concerns. Hospitals will finally have the clarity they need to take steps to ensure they meet the revised requirements.
However, the simultaneous release of the final rule implementing Stage 3, which will be required beginning January 1, 2018, is deeply disappointing. Despite the urging of hospitals, physicians and Congress, the Stage 3 final rule includes many new and more challenging requirements. More than 60 percent of hospitals and about 90 percent of physicians have yet to attest to Stage 2. The Stage 3 rule is too much too soon.
We strongly urged HHS to delay the implementation of Stage 3 and focus instead on ensuring that providers could easily and efficiently share health information to support care delivery and new models of care. America’s hospitals and health systems remain committed to successfully using electronic health records to improve health care for patients. We appreciate the changes that CMS has made in response to our concerns and are pleased aspects of the rule are still under debate. We look forward to working with HHS to find solutions that will enhance the safe, effective and efficient delivery of health care.
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About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.
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