Elsewhere at the HIMSS conference, numerous physician practice leaders interviewed by HealthLeaders Media indicated their confidence in meeting the 2014 attestation deadline, reaping incentive money and avoiding penalties.
Another large hospital using homegrown software is better positioned than Intermountain to attest this year. "The short answer is we are finished with our certification at Beth Israel Deaconness [as of] March," says John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
"We'll use April through June as our attestation period, and then we'll attest in July," Halamka told HealthLeaders. "Of course we do this to avoid penalties, and it's unclear whether an extension will be offered to the attestation timeframe, although certainly there are many organizations that require such an extension.
"It's touch and go, and the only reason that we are able to achieve the timeframe is because we self-build the software and therefore are very agile. If we would have had to depend on vendor software, chances are we would not have been able to hit the deadlines that are currently in force for Stage 2."