According to FireceEMR, as of Nov 1, 2014 only 43,898 eligible professionals (EPs) have attested from Meaningful Use (MU). There are over 500,000 active registrants signed up to participate in the MU program. Furthermore, only 11,478 EPs have attested for MU Stage 2 as of Nov 1, 2014.
The number of providers attesting to Meaningful Use in 2014 is still lackluster, with 43,898 eligible professionals (EPs) and 1,903 eligible hospitals (EHs) attesting for the 2014 reporting period, as of Nov. 1, despite the fact that there are now more than 500,000 active registrants signed up for the Meaningful Use program, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Of those attesters, just 11,478 EPs and 840 EHs attested to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.
CHIME, AMA and others call for shorter reporting period in 2015
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and American Medical Association (AMA) along with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) have called for reducing the 2015 MU reporting period from 12 months to 3 months.
Still, upon release of the latest figures, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives–in unison with the American Medical Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Medical Group Management Association–called the numbers “disappointing, yet predictable.” All four organizations renewed calls for more program flexibility and to shorten the reporting period in 2015.
Added HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith, “If CMS continues to require a full-year of Meaningful Use reporting for 2015, we anticipate that large segments of providers will no longer be able to participate in the program–which hinders our nation’s ability to improve the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access to care.”
The question many people are asking is this: will there be a large amount of EPs dropping out of the program or will most EPs attest for MU in the 4th quarter of 2014. And if the MU reporting period is not shorten from 12 months will a large number of participants drop out of the program next year?