AHA: Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements ‘not feasible’ for most hospitals

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), two of the biggest guns in the health IT industry, have formally expressed significant doubts about both the timing and the content of the proposed rule implementing Stage 2 of the electronic health record incentive program.

In a 68-page comment letter submitted to CMS April 30, AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack warned that the requirements for Stage 2 were not feasible, especially in light of the fact that more than 80 percent of hospitals haven’t even attained Stage 1 Meaningful Use due to the high bar set and market factors, such as vendor capability.

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