The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has expressed their concerns about the current meaningful use environment in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In the letter they cite a “diminished opportunity for physician practices to meet the requirements for State 2 of the program.”
In the letter the MGMA requests an “Indefinite moratorium on penalties for physicians that successfully completed State 1 meaningful use requirements.”
The MGMA expresses concerns regarding vendor readiness. Specifically the fact that of the 2,200 products and nearly 1,400 complete EHRs that were certified under the 2011 criteria for ambulatory EPs, only 75 products and 21 completely EHRs are currently certified for Stage 2 (2014) criteria. The correctly point out that even if a vendor does upgrade their product in time to meet the State 2 criteria, these products must still be deployed and staffs must be trained. These things take time and it some cases it may be impossible to meet 2014 reporting requirements.
The MGMA also suggests that the CMS:
- Extend the reporting period for State 2 incentives
- Extend the reporting period for State 1 incentives
- Conduct a comprehensive vendor survey
- Build additional flexibility into the State 2 reporting requirements
The entire letter can be downloaded here.