Everyone Wants To Stir The Meaningful Use Pot

Marla Durben Hirsch | Fierce EMR | March 13, 2014

When I cook a recipe for the first time, I usually don't modify it. But the next time around, I tend to tinker with it so it's better, more to my liking. Add a little garlic, reduce the salt. It's a learning process.

I must be in good company, since it seems that everyone these days wants to tinker with the Meaningful Use program.

Of course, you have the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services making its own adjustments as it attempts to improve the program. Just within the past few weeks, CMS issued a voluntary 2015 edition of certification criteria as a stepping stone to keep criteria more current, and created a new hardship exemption for providers whose vendor was unable to obtain 2014 certification or where the provider was unable to implement Meaningful Use due to 2014 EHR certification delays.

But all of a sudden, everyone wants in.