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Intermountain to Miss 2014 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline, Citing Safety Concerns

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, February 27, 2014

"A small practice is thinking, what's going to happen next month. Intermountain is thinking 6, 12, 18 months in the future. So I think we heard ahead of time and we're hearing now that they're concerned that this too high a hill to climb."

Reider says that if providers fall short of the 2014 deadlines, it should not mean that the meaningful use program is a failure.

"Some may characterize this as a failure. I don't see it as a failure," Reider says. "I see it as a challenge, because we want them to get their incentive dollars. We want them to avoid a penalty. We want those things to happen, and so we want them to attest to meaningful use. Don't get me wrong. If they, for various reasons, make choices not to, we still don't see that as a failure of the program. We don't see that as a failure of health information technology. We're still on the path."


Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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Frank Poggio (3/4/2014 at 3:35 PM)
Can't say I am surprised...been saying this for 3 years. If you run the numbers the penalty is no big deal. For a 250 bed community facility it will total about $200k for a hospital. Orders of magnitude more for IHC but then their budget is in the billions. Why 'horse in' a complex system and risk patient care over $200k/facility? Frank Poggio The Kelzon Group