In August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) made an announcement that delayed timing of Meaningful Use Stage 3 compliance for hospitals. As a result, hospitals can continue using 2014 certified electronic health record technology through the end of 2018, and will be required to use 2015 certified EHR technology starting in 2019.
While this is music to the ears of many hospitals, the reality is that there are some major challenges up ahead, especially when it comes to the thresholds of meeting some of the MU3 information exchange attestation and objectives.
According to this recent Healthcare IT News article, these thresholds include are more than 80 percent for patient access, more than 25 percent for secure messaging and more than 10 percent for view/download/transmit of patient data or portal login through API.
The article also highlighted some even more challenging threshold challenges, which are 50 percent for an electronic summary of care, more than 40 percent for incorporating SOC for first-time patients and more than 80 percent for clinical information reconciliation.
These compliance stats are certainly raising the anxiety levels for many hospital administrators. For example, the Healthcare IT News article showcased commentary from Kathleen Sheehan, program director for meaningful use, performance and process improvement at UHS of Delaware, about how she even reached out to CHIME and AMA. Both organizations were not aware of these new threshold requirements prior to this.
In the coming weeks, RosettaHealth will be announcing how it can help reduce information sharing MU3 burden for hospitals, which will further focus on the company’s EasyExchange solution.
Launched in July 2017, the EasyExchange Solution offers hospital systems a simple, all-in-one solution to meet Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3) information exchange attestation and objectives. With one standard connection into a hospital’s EHR, EasyExchange helps meet all the MU3 information exchange requirements including coordination of care, secure messaging, patient portals and API access, and much more.
Thanks to this solution, meeting MU3 information exchange requirements can now be much easier – reducing the high-level of anxiety that most hospital systems are feeling these days.