Many Providers Not Planning To Attest to Meaningful Use Stage 1

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Although 42% of health care providers currently use electronic health records, many providers do not plan to attest to Stage 1 of the meaningful use program, according to a survey by health data exchange provider IVANS, the Hartford Courant reports.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.

For the report, IVANS surveyed 700 health care providers from across the U.S. between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12 (Sturdevant, Hartford Courant, 2/20).

Complying With Stage 1

The report found that 39% of the surveyed health care providers do not plan to participate in Stage 1 of the meaningful use program.

Of the 39% who do not plan to participate in Stage 1:

  • 44% -- including hospices, home care and long-term care facilities -- are not yet eligible to participate in the meaningful use program (IVANS release, 2/20); and
  • 26% are eligible to participate in the meaningful use program, but still do not plan to attest to Stage 1 (Norman, "Pulse," Politico, 2/21).

Factors Hindering Health Data Exchange

The survey also found that:

  • 33% of surveyed health care providers said that financial constraints are the biggest obstacle hindering their ability to exchange health data; and
  • 21% said changing technology requirements have prevented them from sharing health data (IVANS release, 2/20).

Michael Schramm -- IVANS president of health care services -- said that if the barriers to health IT adoption "are not resolved and integrated into subsequent stages of meaningful use, it will be difficult for providers to become meaningful users" of EHRs (Hartford Courant, 2/20).


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