The Purdue Regional Extension Center (PurdueREC) advised that many of their clients have expressed frustration with attesting to meaningful use of their electronic health records (EHRs) in 2014 due to difficulties:
- Obtaining 2014-certified EHR technology (CEHRT) or
- Implementing that technology in a timely fashion
In May, the Office of the National Coordinator released a notice of proposed rulemaking that would provide flexibility to providers/hospitals struggling with vendor-related issues. On August 28, the rule was made final and was published in the Federal Register.
Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) acknowledged this is significant news for groups to digest quickly in order to take the steps necessary to successfully attest to meaningful use in 2014. The links see below will provide answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to this rule and will offer instruction on how to complete the attestation process for 2014.
Please note that the flexibility provided by this rule is explicitly for entities that are challenged because of software-related issues, not simply challenged by meeting the Stage 2 meaningful use measures. The FAQ sheet lists common scenarios that qualify, as well as scenarios that definitely do not qualify.
If you would like to discuss the impact of this rule on your practice or organization, please contact your PHA managing advisor or email them.