AHA, AMA Also Want Delay
Last month the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association sent a joint letter to Sebelius asking that the implementation date for Stage 2 be delayed. The two professional associations echoed MGMA's concerns about the lack of readiness on the part of EHR vendors as a primary reason for the needed delay.
Stage 2 implementation for hospitals takes effect on Oct. 1.
"Our members, and the vendors they work with, report growing concerns that the rapidly approaching start date for Stage 2 is on a trajectory that will not provide enough time or adequate flexibility for a safe and orderly transition unless certain changes are made," the AHA/AMA letter said.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in May called for a one-year delay for implementation of Stage 2, noting that the delay "will give providers the opportunity to optimize their EHR technology and achieve the benefits of Stage 1 and Stage 2; it will give vendors the time needed to prepare, develop and deliver needed technology to correspond with Stage 3; and it will give policymakers time to assess and evaluate programmatic trends needed to craft thoughtful Stage 3 rules.