Both large and small vendors offer electronic health record systems that have helped hospitals attest to Stage 1 of the meaningful use program, according to a report from research firm KLAS, Healthcare Informatics reports (Healthcare Informatics, 3/14).
Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
For the report, titled "Meaningful Use Attestation 2012: Early Birds Take Flight," researchers looked at CMS data on 833 hospitals that had successfully attested to Stage 1 of the meaningful use program as of November 2011 (KLAS report, 2/17).
KLAS also interviewed 104 successful attesters about their experiences with their EHR vendor.
The report found that large EHR vendors like Cerner and Epic, as well as smaller vendors, supported hospitals in attesting to meaningful use.
For example, the report found that CPSI -- a small EHR vendor that provides products to 139 community hospitals -- was second only to Epic in having the largest percentage of its client base successfully attest to meaningful use.
Although large EHR vendors like Allscripts, McKesson and Siemens had numerous successful attesters, the numbers were small compared to the total size of their client base, the report found.
Challenges Related to MU Attestation
Researchers also asked health care providers about challenges associated with meaningful use attestation. Health care providers said some of the major challenges they faced were related to:
- Problem lists;
- Reporting; and
- Achieving a return on investment for their meaningful use expenses (Healthcare Informatics, 3/14).