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MU Slides into Summer of Discontent

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2014

The capper to AMA's proposal: providers should only have to achieve 75 percent of stage 2's requirements to obtain an incentive payment, and only 50 percent in order to avoid a penalty.

While ONC and CMS are unlikely to agree to AMA's demands—indeed have shown a history of fairly ignoring many such demands in the past—it seems like meaningful use at this rate may end with a whimper and a bang. Whittled down by some combination of government mismanagement, vendor burnout and/or malfeasance, and provider exhaustion, meaningful use may be about to enter a kind of life support status, at least for a year.

The bang will come when Congress comes asking where the $24 billion went.

After public comment ends, the other missing continuency, the patients, will probably also weigh in. It's a sad state of affairs that the continuing dialogue about how to fix this increasingly troubled program hardly ever seems to get around to what's best for them. Clearly, what the industry is trying to do for them right now isn't working very well at all.


Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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2 comments on "MU Slides into Summer of Discontent"


Frank Poggio (7/12/2014 at 12:44 PM)
Scott, You bet the 'bang will come'...remember EHR & MU was sold to Congress on the basis it will save $800billion (the infamous Rand Report) . So the bang will be when CMS starts to slash provider payments to show that it was a 'successful' program. The logic will be simple. CMS - we gave you $$ millions for your EHR, and now we are here to collect our ROI!

pk (7/9/2014 at 9:47 AM)
I am reminded of something my daddy told me several decades ago. There is no such thing as a "good deal" with the Federal Government.