EMR Transition Staffing Appreciative of Granted Certification Flexibility
July 28, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg
Implementation of electronic medical record (EMR) technology has been difficult for many. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), along with the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), has instituted an extremely aggressive approach for updating and installing devices in practices across the country. Many professionals, hospitals and EMR transition staffing programs are unable to keep up. Even the EMR certification institutes have suffered a backlog. Thankfully, the CMS and ONC have pushed back the 2014 edition of EMR certification criteria to help organizations catch up.
The CMS and ONC have proposed a rule to postpone the 2014 edition of EMR certification criteria to 2015 – click on the link for a detailed graph. This allows organizations to use the 2011 edition of EMR technology during Stages 1 and 2 throughout 2014. The CMS and ONC have further proposed a rule to extend Stage 2 implementation to 2016 and postpone the initiation of Stage 3 to 2017.
The postponement is largely due to the fact vendors and organizations haven’t had sufficient time to make coding changes on installed EMR technologies to move forward to the 2014 edition of certification. The requirements were simply too difficult and the timeline was too short for the majority of hospitals and professionals to make the changes to support 2014 Stage 2 edition certifications. EMR certification institutes have also suffered a backlog in certifying the upgraded products to support the CMS and ONC’s aggressive timeline.
Comments on the proposed rule are due in late July, but the openness to certification flexibility is great news for EMR transition staffing programs. The extension allows programs the proper time to train staff on EMR technology before new changes occur.
EMR Transition Staffing
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