CHIME: CIO Concerns About Meaningful Use Have Declined

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Sixty-six percent of surveyed CIOs say they have concerns about meeting requirements of the meaningful use program, down from about 90% who reported similar concerns in March, according to a new College of Healthcare Information Management Executives survey, Health Data Management reports.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments (Goedert, Health Data Management, 10/20).

Survey Details

CHIME conducted the online survey of its members between Sept. 8 and Sept. 23 (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 10/20).

The 198 CIOs who responded to CHIME's survey represent 656 hospitals (Health Data Management, 10/20).

Key Findings

The survey found that the concern cited most frequently by CIOs was capturing and submitting data for quality measures.

Meanwhile, 26% of survey respondents said that their organization qualified for funding during the first year of the meaningful use program.

However, just 13% said that their organization actually had received incentive payments (Guerra, Health System CIO, 10/20). Nine percent said their organization had qualified and received payments through the Medicaid portion of the incentive program, while 4% said their organization had received payments through Medicare (Modern Healthcare, 10/20).

The survey also found that 68% of CIOs expect their organization to meet Stage 1 requirements but not until the end of fiscal years 2012 or 2013 (Health System CIO, 10/20).

loren rich
great post
Michael Milne
Only half of those qualifying got any funds and only 2% of all who can qualify through Medicare have received funds - this program was a joke, waste of money, and political nonsense from the from the beginning - this is why the country is in such a mess - too many think programs like this are actrually good - I bet more money was spent on government employees to administer the program than what actually has beeen given out!

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