ONC: 15% of Stage 2-Eligible Professionals Attest to Meaningful Use
Just 15% of meaningful use Stage 2-eligible professionals have attested to the program's requirements, according to the latest data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Becker's Health IT & CIO Review reports (Jayanthi, Becker's Health IT & CIO Review, 2/4).
Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
The data show that 42% of eligible professionals were Stage 2-eligible in 2014. Of the 15% of Stage 2-eligible professionals who attested, 47% attested to Stage 1 via CMS' flexibility rule (Gold et al. "Morning eHealth," Politico, 1/28).
Meanwhile, the data show 88% of Stage 2-eligble hospitals or critical access hospitals have attested to meaningful use. Of those, 75% attested to Stage 2, while 25% attested to Stage 1 under CMS' flexibility rule (ONC data, 1/27).
Attestation Details by RECs
ONC also released meaningful use attestation data for eligible professionals and hospitals receiving assistance from regional extension centers, EHR Intelligence reports (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 2/5).
The stimulus package's HITECH Act provided about $688 million in federal funding to create 62 RECs to assist providers with meeting meaningful use criteria. According to ONC, the REC network includes:
- 83% of all community health centers;
- 80% of critical access hospitals;
- 54% of rural providers;
- 44% of primary care providers; and
- More than 13,000 specialists (iHealthBeat, 9/18/14).
Overall, the data show as of December 2014, 93% of all REC-enrolled physicians are live on EHRs and more than 73% of all REC-enrolled physicians had attested to meaningful use (ONC Health IT Quick Stat, January 2014).
REC-enrolled specialists with the highest percentage of meaningful use attestations were:
- Internal medicine, at 80%;
- General/family practice, at 78%;
- Primary care physicians, at 75%
- Geriatrics, at 75%;
- Obstetrics/gynecology, at 71%; and
- Pediatrics/adolescent medicine, at 66% (Becker's Health IT & CIO Review, 2/4).
Meanwhile, the data also show that:
- 100% of REC-enrolled comprehensive primary care initiative sites were live on EHRs and that about 80% had attested to meaningful use; and
- About 90% of REC-enrolled critical access hospitals were live on EHRs, and that more than 50% had attested to meaningful use.
In addition, ONC estimated that on average 83% of REC-enrolled CAHs and rural hospitals across the U.S. had attested to meaningful use, with the percentage of such hospitals attesting varying widely by state. For example:
- 100% of REC-enrolled CAHs and rural hospitals had attested to meaningful use in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina and Vermont;
- 50% had attested in Washington; and
- 12% had attested in Hawaii, the lowest attestation rate among such providers (EHR Intelligence, 2/5).
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