Final MU 2 Rules Will Significantly Ratchet Up Vendor Costs
The question I can't get an answer for yet is this: were things just as bad for vendors when the 2011 rules were finalized? I'm sure someone reading this who's been following Meaningful Use longer than I can enlighten us in the comments below.
If that were the case, it could provide some inkling of how long the wait for certified code for the 2014 rules will be. Then again, the 2014 rules are a different beast than the 2011 rules, so as they say, your mileage may vary.
Vendors will shed light on all of this in the coming days and weeks. Along with that somber news may also come an unwanted, but basic economic effect of the law of supply and demand.
The AHA's letter of comment on the proposed rule in May reported that its members see "aggressive pricing of individual certified functionalities" by software vendors. "We expect that these distortions are exacerbated by limited vendor capacity to meet accelerated demand and workforce shortages."
We may be about to see that economic impact in spades. It remains to be seen whether the short time left to produce certified running code, and to help providers meet the 2014 deadlines for attestation makes that impact even worse.
Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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