Most Concerning Part of Meaningful Use

Posted on August 3, 2010 I Written By

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Seems like we’re just about out of the daze that is the mammoth meaningful use final rule (yes, I know that other rules are even bigger, but it’s still mammoth). I thought it would be interesting to ask what’s the part of meaningful use that’s most concerning. Just so we’re not always pessimistic, I’ll follow up this post next week with one asking people to share the most exciting part of meaningful use. Both answers should be interesting.

While I don’t want to bias your comments, I will say that the thing that concerns me most about meaningful use is physicians going deep into debt for an EMR system they barely want in the hopes of EMR stimulus money and then end up with no stimulus money.

The first concern with this is those physicians that think they have to go into deep debt in order to fund an EMR. In most cases, this can generally be avoided. There may be some debt involved, but it should be pretty minimal and the return on the investment should be understood from the beginning and should not include the EMR stimulus. Unfortunately, I fear that many won’t heed this advice.

Add on the past experience with government handouts and I can see many appropriately disgruntled providers who get left holding the bag which includes no stimulus money.

Ok, your turn. What concerns you about meaningful use?