Recently, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it would be pushing the compliance date for Meaningful Use Stage 2 back into 2016. They are also proposing that the Stage 3 requirements be met by 2017. (This is only relevant to organizations that have met the requirements of Stage 2 for a minimum of two years.) This means that healthcare professionals will have more time to meet compliance, and to reap the financial benefits of being compliant with meaningful use.
Is the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Deadline Extension a Help or a Hindrance?
Many Healthcare IT Professionals are taking position on both sides of the fence on this topic. While some see the extension of the deadline as an opportunity to regroup, and integrate systems and processes into place, many organizations see no real change in their approach to compliance. Since a number of Healthcare Organizations have been working toward Stage 2 Compliance for some time, they have been receiving funds from the government and must continue to stay on course, or risk missing a payment that they now rely on.
Convergence of New Standards for the Upcoming Year
Meaningful Use Stage 2 is not the only requirement on the minds of ISOs and CISOs at the end of this year. There are a number of other Regulatory Compliance Standards that are also going to play a major role in the “digital shift” of Healthcare IT in 2014. In the coming year, the following Regulatory Compliance Standards will also play a role in the shaping of Healthcare IT:
- The Affordable Care Act
Each of these Standards are causing Healthcare Regulatory Compliance to become more complicated and will require a much more sophisticated approach. Where once there was a single person or entity tasked with implementing and executing compliance standards, there may now be teams of professionals, each with varying skill sets, required to address corporate compliance.
Due to the increase of Standards in Regulatory Compliance in 2014, there are many Organizations that feel overwhelmed and even lost. If you or your organization needs help sifting through the deluge of Regulatory Compliance Standards, please feel free to CONTACT US today for an in-depth evaluation.