Today, an article was written by Andy Slavitt and Karen DeSalvo regarding the trends for meaningful use. It is worth your time linking to to the CMS long entry below from them. Of note, many of us may be eligible for hardship exemptions particularly if it goes to stage 3 of meaningful use. Again, I still stand by my predictions that meaningful use will go away.
This is how meaningful use will go away ... it seems like the trend will be that meaningful use will be morph into MARCA and other programs. However, it is good to hear that CMS is listening to the providers on the challenges of meaningful use.
Here is a copy of the CMS BLOG entry. Note the highlighting.
AMA town hall meeting to occur on this!
There will be a town hall meeting with Andy Slavitt. Make sure you have a Twitter account so that you can use that social media process to make your thoughts known.
On January 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (PST), the AMA and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) will be hosting a town hall meeting in Seattle to discuss electronic health records (EHR), featuring AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD. This event is being held for physicians who have concerns about EHRs and the regulatory hurdles imposed by the Meaningful Use (MU) program. Physicians across the country will be able to watch live online and join the conversation on Twitter.
Recently, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt stated that the meaningful use program is on the cusp of major changes. While this is encouraging news, it is important for physicians to remain engaged—especially as regulators consider what changes should be made to the current MU program.
Please join the AMA and WSMA for a conversation with Dr. Stack and other physician leaders about this new direction at CMS and what the future might hold for EHRs. This event will be streamed live online – please register today!
Stay up-to-date with the campaign to help physicians put patients before bureaucratic rules – visit BreakTheRedTape.org!