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Little-noticed Stage 3 meaningful use rule could pose big challenges for hospitals

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The high threshold for patient engagement in 2019 will probably be amended in future rulemakings, but one MU expert says it highlights the limited utility of patient portals.Kathleen Sheehan’s job is to focus every day on her health system’s meaningful use compliance. But even she was surprised when a Cerner employee alerted her to a handful of percentages listed in the Stage 3 rulemaking.Sheehan, program director for meaningful use, performance and process improvement at UHS of Delaware, couldn’t believe it when she saw the thresholds for which hospitals could be accountable starting January 1, 2019.The issue has to do with Stage 3 MU measures that are in play for 2018 but are now optional for eligible hospitals since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule that such hospitals have the option to either continue with the Modified Stage 2 program or move forward with Stage 3.

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