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Getting in the Zone for Meaningful Use D-Day

by Andrew Scutro, Senior Associate, Communications

We are eagerly waiting for Wednesday. Why Wednesday? Not because it’s the anniversary of D-Day. Not because it’s Teachers’ Day in Bolivia (it actually is) or that it’s the birthday of Swedish tennis ace Björn Borg.

No, we are looking forward to Wednesday because it’s the day that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are expected to release national data for the 2011 Stage 1 Meaningful Use program. We’re looking forward to seeing data on registration, attestation, incentive payout and hopefully some insights on performance by measure.

While Wednesday will probably generate a lot of press about Meaningful Use, the incentive program for electronic medical record (EMR) adoption keeps a steady presence in the news:

  • Stage 2 will see an emphasis on health information exchange, according to several recent pieces
  • 85% percent of athenahealth’s participating doctors attested to the measures, while many others not on athenahealth did not fare so well
  • There are reports that a lot of EMR technology being used by physicians is not up to the task of meeting Meaningful Use
  • And there’s still some heavy pushback by major players on the program itself

So on Friday, after we’ve had a chance to sift through the data, we’ll publish a post that gives our take on the results and sets up what will be a series of posts on lessons learned by us and our clients.  

Until then, check out this oldie but goodie from the “War Room” but way before D-Day:

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