As we kick-off National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week, activities at the Capitol are underscored with the release of the combined final rule for Meaningful Use (MU) 3 and Modified MU2. The executive summary of the 750+ page MU ruling states part of the intent of the rule is to strive toward simplicity….hopefully we will find simplicity in the 750 page document. Oh, and not to forget the 500+ page Certification final rule, as well.
The conundrum is learning from MU 2 to shape MU3, but issuing the rule in a timely manner to allow for vendor development and certification and then consumption and testing by the Eligible Provider (EP) & Eligible Hospitals (EH) remains a challenge.
While MU 3 may be optional for EPs & EHs in 2017, it is not optional for vendors who must be ready to deliver to the rule requirements. Anticipate a steady stream of conversation as we absorb the final rule and charge into NHIT Week.
Tighten your seat belts, the journey continues!