Achieving Stage 2 is so much more difficult than achieving Stage 1. According to some reports, many healthcare providers will be caught off guard.
Many thresholds will increase significantly in Stage 2, so health-care providers who are not yet accustomed to performing at levels specified in Stage 1 may have a hard time operating or even meeting the increased levels specified in Stage 2.
In some cases, health-care providers have delayed addressing certain measures. For example, according to one firm that specializes in meaningful use, the majority of health-care providers have deferred a "transitions of care” measure in Stage 1. This will now be required in Stage 2. Public reporting and patient engagement are also Stage 2 requirements that may trip up some healthcare providers.
One tool that could help make the transition easier is an electronic medical record (EMR) platform. An electronic medical record (EMR) is only the first step however. In order to compete in the new electronic healthcare environment, you must use the EMR appropriately. And, in many cases, that means adjusting the processes used in your practice.
If you have recently integrated an EMR, or are looking to get your firm ready for Stage 2, please contact us today to see how we can help you get the most out of your software.