ACP urges meaningful use Stage 2 delay

September 13, 2013 in Medical Technology

The American College of Physicians has become the most recent group to press the government for a delay in Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, citing among several other concerns, EHR certification and implementation issues.

The ACP describes itself as the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 137,000 internal medicine physicians, related subspecialists and medical students.

[See also: AAFP urges meaningful use delay] and [CHIME seeks Stage 2 delay, defends MU.]

“An aggressive timeline combined with overly ambitious objectives may unnecessarily limit the success of the entire Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program,” the ACP warned in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD. The letter was signed by Peter Basch, MD, chair of the ACP’s Medical Informatics Committee.

ACP recommends that requirements become less prescriptive to allow eligible professionals of all specialties to be creative in applying the technology to the unique characteristics of their practice, specialty and patient population.

[See also: Keep Stage 2 start as is, says HIMSS.]

“ACP supports the guiding principles of meaningful use to help physicians deliver quality, patient-centered care,” Michael S. Barr, MD, who leads ACP’s Division of Medical Practice, said in a news release. “However, the reliance on evolving and draft standards, technologies for which integration is not yet completely tested, developing infrastructure, and upcoming regulatory requirements add complexity and uncertainty for physicians.”

ACP’s letter addresses specific concerns in five areas: the Stage 2 meaningful use timeline, clinical quality measures, ICD-10 and Physician Quality Reporting System, commonly known as PQRS, scoring meaningful use measures and planning for Stage 3 meaningful use.

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