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MU Compliance Announcement Sparks Concern, Confusion

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, December 9, 2013

Kreofsky questions the need for the proposed voluntary 2015 Edition. "Why wouldn't you push people to use the 2015 Edition?" she asks. These criteria won't come soon enough to be of any use to software vendors struggling to meet the 2014 criteria, and will add another layer of complexity to existing healthcare IT challenges, she says.

"For an organization that upgrades their EHR in the middle of a reporting period, it's incredibly confusing just to manage and keep track of which edition of the criteria you're at, and to have them changing constantly isn't going to help providers and organizations," Kreofsky says.

She also notes that the period for public input into many of these proposed rules will hit next fall, at just the time when the pressure is on to comply with ICD-10 requirements and, for those who attested for Meaningful Use Stage 1 in 2011 or 2012, to migrate to Stage 2.

"It takes a considerable amount of time and energy to review and respond to proposed rules," Kreofsky says.


Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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Frank Poggio (12/9/2013 at 10:05 AM)
From a vendor perspective 2015 test criteria is a wolf in sheep's clothing. In my experience having worked through many 2014 tests with clients - the criteria under 2014 became considerably more complex and extensive as each month passed, test criteria were revised almost on a monthly basis. For example the test for Safety Enhanced Design (170.114g3) started out requesting a simple description of your design/development process, to now submitting detailed test scenarios per NISTIR 7742 standards. The DVT test now requires WCAG 2.0 evaluations, but did not in the early gong. This growing complexity is one reason why far less vendors have passed 2014 than 2011. From a vendor perspective, the net result is if you wait for the new set of 2015 test criteria those tests will be even more difficult. My advice, don't wait too long. Remember in the healthcare world regulations only grow...never shrink!