Citing 'System Failure,' AHA Urges Delay of MU Stage 2

John Commins, July 30, 2013

The processing of federally mandated quality measures by electronic health records systems "raises costs and effort for providers without leading to accurate data and is not sustainable," the American Hospital Association asserts.


Diane Jones

Diane Jones

The American Hospital Association is continuing its call to delay the Oct. 1 deadline for Meaningful Use Stage 2 because of widespread complaints that electronic health records cannot accurately process federally mandated quality measures.

"(The) successful implementation of current policy requirements for eCQMs (electronic clinical quality measures) must be redirected so that the EHRs are working for the clinicians rather than the clinicians spending extensive amounts of time working for the EHRs," AHA recommended in a report.

AHA said that EHRs were initially expected to collect data through the routine care process and that the eCQM reporting tool would accurately extract and report measurements from the existing data and reduce provider burden. So far that hasn't happened because much of the needed data was not captured in the required format.

Instead, the report said "the current process raises costs and effort for providers without leading to accurate data and is not sustainable. More time is needed to develop and test a smaller set of eCQMs and demonstrate their feasibility."

Diane Jones, senior associate director of policy at AHA, declined to offer a definite timeframe for the rollback her association is seeking.

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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