4 ways hospitals are meeting Meaningful Use

By Marla Durben Hirsch

Hospitals trying to meaningfully use their electronic health records are caught between a rock and a hard place in 2014. Achieving the Meaningful Use requirements has become harder now that many hospitals must meet the more stringent requirements of Stage 2 of the program.

While almost 95 percent of hospitals have registered for the Meaningful Use program and more than 91 percent have received an incentive payment in years past, only four of the 30 eligible hospitals that have attested for the 2014 reporting year have attested to Stage 2 of the program as of March, a dismal figure.

At the same time, the stakes have become higher: Hospitals need to successfully attest or else suffer lower Medicare reimbursement, as the "payment adjustments" for not meeting Meaningful Use goals kick in starting in 2015.

To that end, what tools and practices are helping hospitals to make the grade and meet Meaningful Use? FierceEMR spoke with experts from Oakland, California-based Kaiser Permanente and the Cleveland Clinic to get a sense for how they're approaching the task. Read on to learn about four ways these and other hospitals can get ahead of the curve.