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Meaningful Use Participation Numbers Discussed at ONC HIT Policy Committee Meeting

Yesterday, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s (ONC) HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) held its monthly business meeting.  The highlight of the meeting was a report from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) staff regarding EHR Incentive Program (“meaningful use”) participation levels.

CMS reported that only 2,246 eligible professionals (EPs) and 100 hospitals have successfully attested; 137 other EPs who attested were unsuccessful.  CMS also provided some degree of insight into the exclusions and participation statistics for each of the functionality measures.  For example, CMS shared that of the participants who chose the “patient reminders” menu set measure, reminders were sent to 67 percent of their patients (the minimum threshold is 20 percent of all patients 65 or older or 5 years or younger).  2 percent of participants met the exclusion criteria for that particular measure (no patients older than 65 or younger than 5 with records maintained using certified EHR technology).  67 percent of participants “deferred” this particular menu set measure (in other words, did not choose the measure as one of their menu set options).

The CMS staff also indicated that the agency is currently evaluating participation-by-specialty statistics, and that family doctors and internists are at the top of the list.  Radiology, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology are not currently among the top ten specialties.  The other specialties that are in the month’s top ten, such as Cardiology, Podiatry, Dermatology, and Neurology, have numbers that pale in comparison to primary care.

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