Even as physicians and other eligible professionals sign up for the EHR Incentive program, there are questions about whether the 2013 goal for MU Stage 2 is realistic. The timelines are tight — the final rule for Stage 2 will probably not be released until mid-2012. Will eligible professionals and eligible hospitals be able to go through Stage 1 and be ready for Stage 2 in 2013? Will EHR vendors be able to develop, test, and implement the features/functions required to be ONC-ATCB certified for 2013? Will there be any reliable information about how EPs and EHs did in Stage 1 when decisions about Stage 2 are made?
These are important questions. Healthcare IT News covers this issue in an article today.
What do you think? Should Stage 2 be delayed until 2014? Should 2013 remain the target, but the reporting period shortened to 90 days — just as the first year of Stage 1?
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