Congress May Delay Meaningful Use Stage 3 Implementation

Congress May Delay Meaningful Use Stage 3 ImplementationJuly 27, 2015 by Vickie Anenberg

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may not be able to move forward with Meaningful Use Stage 3 due to Congressional intervention. Stage 2 had already caused healthcare providers numerous problems, and CMS responded in April by rescinding roughly a dozen of its goals. Now, there is considerable debate about whether the objectives contained in Stage 3 are realistic.

An article posted by Health Data Management (HDM) noted the potential Stage 3 problems by stating that, “Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, is broaching the subject of delaying Stage 3, and this month (July) even mentioned the idea to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. At a committee meeting, Alexander discussed his talk with Burwell and added, ‘There’s been some discussion about delaying Meaningful Use Stage 3, about whether it’s a good idea, whether it’s a bad idea, whether to delay part or all of it.’

“Alexander also said that it may be wise to slow down Stage 3, ‘not with the idea of backing up on it, but with the idea of saying, Let’s get this right.’”

In a second article, also posted by HDM, healthcare IT thought leader John Halamka was quoted as saying, “As written, the Stage 3 Meaningful Use rule is salvageable for the future. It needs to be scoped more tightly and the thresholds have to be decreased, since many are not achievable today … The Stage 3 certification rule needs to be rewritten from scratch. It is decoupled from the Meaningful Use program and includes lists of standards that are not used anywhere in the production world.” Halamka went on to state that Stage 3 should be delayed until 2018.

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