Electronic medical records struggles illustrate need for EMR transition staffing.

Electronic medical records struggles illustrate need for EMR transition staffing.July 10, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg

In a move welcomed by healthcare organizations and professionals, a rule has been proposed that would extend the timeline for implementing certain provisions of the electronic medical records (EMR). This change would, among other things, reduce some of the pressure many organizations feel as they go through this process.  

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 authorized incentive payments to eligible healthcare providers that put certified electronic health records technology (CEHRT) to “meaningful use.” This means they must use CEHRT to achieve a number of objectives, such as improving safety, efficiency and care coordination.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees these efforts, implemented a timeline that healthcare providers must follow to qualify for these payments. The proposed rule would extend that timeline. This was done because the CMS says there has not been enough time for vendors to make the appropriate coding changes that allow EMR to meet the necessary standards for certification.

Among other things, the rule would allow providers to use the 2011 CEHRT edition or a combination of 2011 and 2014 CEHRT editions for their EMR reporting period in 2014.

In a press release distributed in late May, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said there has been “Tremendous participation in the EMR incentive programs since they began;" and that by extending the timeline, “We are being receptive to stakeholder feedback to ensure providers can continue to meet meaningful use and keep moving forward.”

Help is just a call away

Given the time constraints and the complexities involved, many healthcare providers use EMR transition staffing and upgrade services to help them stay on track as they go through this process. This allows them to focus more attention on implementation while the EMR provider handles the staffing issues that arise during the change.

Cross Country Staffing is a leading provider of EMR transition staffing and upgrade services and is here to help, sharing the knowledge gathered while working through many other EMR implementations nationwide. Contact Cross Country Staffing today to learn more.