New data shows hospital readiness for Stage 1 MU increasing

By Bernie Monegain
01:52 PM

A comparison of HIMSS Analytics data from September 2011 to December 2011 suggests that a number of hospital segments showed increased capability to achieve Stage 1 of meaningful use.

The data show that 60 percent of hospitals with more than 500 beds reported being ready or most likely to achieve Stage 1. By comparison, 20 percent of hospitals with fewer than 100 beds were ready or most likely to achieve Stage 1.

The report is based on responses from 585 hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics in its database.

The hospital segments include:

  1. academic medical centers;
  2. general medical/surgical hospitals;
  3. hospitals with 400 to 499 licensed beds;
  4. hospitals with 500 or more licensed beds;
  5. urban hospitals;
  6. multi-hospitals; and
  7. hospitals at Stage 5, 6 and 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, known as the EMRAM.

The hospitals in these seven categories typically demonstrate IT adoption that outpaces their peers. As hospitals prepare to meet Stage 1 meaningful use, HIMSS Analytics also reports an increase in the number of hospitals in 2011 at Stage 6 and Stage 7 on the EMRAM model.

Slightly more than 5 percent of U.S. hospitals have achieved Stage 6 on the EMRAM model, with an additional 102 hospitals achieving Stage 6 in 2011. The percent of hospitals achieving Stage 7 has likewise increased, from 0.8 percent to 1.2 percent.

These and other hospitals are collecting their incentive payments. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed $2.5 billion in incentive payments through the end of December 2011.

Ready – Have the capability to meet all 14 core items and at least five of the 10 menu items identified in the survey
Most likely – Have the capability to meet between 10 and 13 of the core items and a minimum of three menu items
Somewhat likely – Achieved between five and nine core items and a minimum of two menu items
Not likely – Do not fit into any of the other categories above, but have the capability to meet at least one core or menu item.

More findings on next page.

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