Develop a practice culture that sees the “meaning” in meaningful use.
“Meaningful use” started out as two simple words in a piece of legislation passed by Congress in 2009. Since that time, the term has grown, changed, and taken on a variety of new connotations. Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the time the legislation was passed, stated shortly after, “The meaningful use framework will be about the goals of care, not the technology.”
Five years later, many have lost the connection between meaningful use and these goals. According to a recent poll conducted by Stoltenberg Consulting at the 2014 HIMSS Conference, 70% of respondents don’t think their organizations are realizing the full potential of meaningful use. Continue reading →
In a previous post, we discussed how preparation by providers for Stage 2 of CMS’s meaningful use is a multi-step initiative. The best place to begin is with a list of the Stage 2 measures, divided into three categories: threshold increases, measures that move from menu to core, and new measures. Once these designations are made, planning should begin on the most difficult measures. In Year 1 of Stage 2, attestations are tied to each calendar quarter (instead of to any 90-day period, as with Stage 1), so there will only be four chances to attest successfully in 2014. With fewer Year 1 attestation opportunities in Stage 2, mastering the more challenging measures in a timely manner will prove vital to continued meaningful use progress.