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MU Final Rule Disappoints Some CIOs

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2014

Most hospitals are not ready to face the double-whammy of reductions in Medicare payments and the loss of meaningful use program incentive payments for the fiscal year that begins October 1.

As summer begins to lose its grip, the Meaningful use Stage 2 deadline continues to close in on U.S. hospitals.


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Russell P. Branzell
President and CEO of CHIME

Few are prepared.

As of August, only 3.1% of hospitals had cleared the Stage 2 threshold, according to industry analyst Frank Poggio. And yet, a full reporting year begins in less than 30 days, on October 1.

Those hospitals which are not ready face the double-whammy of loss of incentive payments for the fiscal year 2015 that begins that day, as well as reductions in Medicare payments that could be in the range of $200,000 annually for a hospital of 250 beds, according to Kelzon.

After CMS published the final rule on its Stage 2 adjustments late last Friday afternoon, one group, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), basically hit the panic button on behalf of its members.

"This afternoon the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) finalized a regulation granting providers additional flexibility in meeting Meaningful Use (MU) requirements in 2014," said Russell P. Branzell, CHIME president and CEO, in a statement.

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