Stage 2 Final Rules have been released and the healthcare community is all abuzz. Stage 1 was heavily focused on data capturing and sharing, while stage 2 focuses more on advanced clinical processes. As a result there are changes to the core objectives that include more patient engagement and care coordination activities. One of the more standout changes for Stage 2 is the allowance of groups to submit attestation information for all of their individual eligible providers (EPs). This alone saves so much time when attesting to Meaningful Use for larger facilities.
Since eligibility is mandated by the HITECH Act, the Stage 2 Final Rule has resulted in no changes to who qualifies for the incentive program since it has no effect on the eligibility rules. However, there is one change to the definition of a "Hospital-Based EP".
Meaningful Use Changes
The number of core objectives has increased for both EPs and eligible hospitals while the number of menu objectives has decreased. Many of the menu objectives in Stage 1 were related to patient engagement and have now been moved to the core objectives for Stage 2 in an effort to focus more on clinical processes.
Last Updated: May 14, 2013
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