There's a snag in the proposed meaningful use Stage 2 rule, and it concerns whether or not doctors need to be good at typing. Depending on how the final requirements for Stage 2 play out, they might have to be.
No sooner had the American Hospital Association submitted its comments on the proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful use than they came under fire for "spurious" arguments on patient access to online information.
The Premier healthcare alliance is the latest in a string of healthcare associations to submit comments in response to the proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful use. The alliance urged the government to publish a final rule no later than August 2012 -- or to extend Stage 1 for one more year.
The American Hospital Association submitted 68 pages of comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday, arguing that the requirements proposed for meaningful use Stage 2 are asking too much.
There is room for improving how the government measures whether hospitals and physicians have met the requirements for meaningful use of EHRs to prevent improper payments, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Spending on information technology is the one exception to a marked slowdown in capital spending by hospitals, according to a new survey from the Premier healthcare alliance. Premier pins the slowdown on legislative and economic uncertainty.
CHIME, which represents 1,400 healthcare CIOs across the country, is asking the government for more preparation time to demonstrate Stage 2 meaningful use, hoping to make sure the reporting is just so.
The changes taking place in U.S. healthcare as a result of rapid healthcare IT adoption leave the nation's health IT chief Farzad Mostashari optimistic -- especially about improving quality, he told the audience at a meeting of the National Quality Forum Thursday, as he urged: "Keep our eyes on the prize."
Just in time to consider for comments on ONC's proposed rule on meaningful use Stage 2 (comment period ends May 7), John Loonsk, MD, makes a case for data transfer standards more functional than SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) called for in MU Stage 2 - Loonsk describes SMTP as a "dead end."