Meaningful Use Stage 2: Can Physicians Cope With CMS’S Requirements?

2014 is a crucial year for physicians in terms of attesting to Meaningful Use (MU). If physicians do not attest to MU Stage 2 in 2014, they will be subject to payment reductions by CMS. Physicians, vendors, and commentators have expressed concern over a variety of the MU Stage 2 requirements. To meet the MU Stage 2 requirements, physicians must meet 17 core objectives and three out of six “menu” objectives.

Some of these objectives are likely to present significant challenges for physicians. Notably, commentators have expressed concern that the MU Stage 2 requirements involving transitions to other providers will be problematic. Additionally, patient engagement requirements will require physicians to reach out to their patients to take advantage of the new technology. In doing so, physicians must be careful to comply with existing regulations, especially on the issue of patient privacy.

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