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This Week's Meaningful Use Mishap

by athenahealth Blogmaster,

According to outgoing ONC head Dr. David Blumenthal, we’ve now hit the 18,000 mark for providers registering for Meaningful Use.  In a recent article,  he said he thinks we’re entering an “era of meaningful use.” We’re also entering an era of reality check. As the rubber meets the road, the stories – good, bad, and ugly – have started to trickle in of practices taking their new (or ancient) EHRs out for a test drive on the road to MU. We’ve decided to capture the word on the streets – or in the exam rooms – in this regular feature. Please share your stories – or what you’re hearing from colleagues – as comments.

This week…as read on HIStalk, one consultant shared this sordid tale: “One of my clients, a user of [POPULAR LEGACY EHR SYSTEM], was told that even though they have upgraded to MU version 9.2, they need to purchase two Stimulus Sets. Phase 1, needed to run reports for the 15 core set objectives and the 5 menu set objectives, costs $200 per MD per year. Phase 2, the Clinical Quality Solution that lets the practice pull numerator and denominator quality numbers, is $185 per provider per month. I guess if the practice doesn’t pay, they won’t be able to pull quality data. This seems unfair.”

We think so too. We also think the official response from a representative of the POPULAR LEGACY EHR SYSTEM suggests that person needs to get out more: “We are not aware of any other vendor bundling and marketing this as an easy, off-the-shelf option.”

We think the representative meant to say “any other SOFTWARE vendor.” Come to the cloud already.

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