- Larger EHR vendors tend to make better partners in achieving Stage 2 Meaningful Use, according to a recent study by Peer60. The study, which discusses insights and trends in EHR vendors, sought to identify the which vendors play a bigger and more supportive role in providers’ work to achieve meaningful use.
According to the report, users of notable vendors such as Epic EHR, Cerner, and Allscripts stated that these technology partners delivered adequate support for their efforts to meet meaningful use. Among these vendors, many users also reported being in the midst of attesting to Stage 2 meaningful use. Epic EHR also had several respondents report that it was not an adequate partner in Stage 2 meaningful use attestation, but given the high volume of users Epic engages with, the positive reviews significantly outweigh the negative.
Other vendors did not receive such favorable reviews, according to Peer60. Among those is McKesson, who received nearly double the percentage of negative reviews as positive ones. McKesson also has a substantial number of users who report still being in the process of attesting Stage 2. A few smaller vendors also received negative meaningful use reporting reviews, including NextGen and Practice Partners (which is owned by McKesson).
Of the practices surveyed, nearly 90 percent of them have either achieved Stage 2 or are in the middle of attestation. Fifty-six percent of respondents had successfully completed Stage 2 meaningful use attestation, and 34 percent were in the thick of attesting. Only 10 percent had not successfully attested, and Peer60 reports that about half of those who had not been successful “simply don’t have the proper model to receive enough benefits to bother attesting.”
This report comes out after CMS released data regarding meaningful use registration and participation. Given that data, it appeared as though the delay in the release of the meaningful use modification rules was hindering program growth. According to CMS, meaningful use enrollment stayed stagnant between the months of May and August. Medicare eligible professional (EP) enrollment also remained relatively the same between May and July, and skyrocketed in August. Likewise, eligible hospital (EH) enrollment stayed consistent between May and July and made a notable jump in August.
Now that the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Modifications Rule has been released, the rate of EHR Incentive Program enrollment may increase. Because the modified rule eliminates unnecessary and cumbersome requirements, as well as shortens the initial reporting period to 90 days, it is expected that more providers will enroll in the program and will be able to achieve success.
However, meaningful use success could potentially be better facilitated by an EHR vendor that is more supportive and provides a product that works better with meaningful use. As such, EHR vendors may need to adjust their practices in helping providers meet meaningful use guidelines in order to remain competitive in the EHR market.