in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer

It comes as no surprise that the Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a delay to the Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 requirements.

At Stage 1 created loads of confusion, the delay of Stage 2 seemed…expected.

Additionally, the HHS is clarifying that those who got their act together in 2011, wouldn’t be under a different timeline than those who still have not attested.

This isn’t really any different, though before this announcement, as the rules were written, those who attested for Stage 1 in 2011, would have to meet Stage 2 in 2013.

Now everyone has until 2014 to meet Stage 2 requirements.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has apparently  urges the HHS to make the proposed requirements less rigorous and burdensome.

Stage 1 requirements are not all the rigorous.  Especially if your EHR is worthwhile.

Many EHRs approach MU in such a way that makes use of the EHR in a “meaningful way” cumbersome.

Additionally, reporting from many EHRs for MU stage 1 is weak.

When an EHR becomes Meaningful Use certified, part of that certification should require EASY pulling of data for attestation.

This is not the case for most EHRs.

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