In its August 23rd announcement the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the implementation of Stage 2 Meaningful Use until 2014.
In its August 23rd announcement the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the implementation of Stage 2 Meaningful Use until 2014. It also added new core measures and electronic reporting requirements. In a statement by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius said, “The changes we’re announcing today will lead to more coordination of patient care, reduced medical errors, elimination of duplicate screenings and tests and greater patient engagement in their own care.”
CMS specifically identified radiology as a “Scope of Practice” hardship exception. The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) has learned that CMS will automatically exclude radiologists in PECOS by July 1, 2014, based on their taxonomy code, to avoid the 2015 penalty for non-participation. This hardship exception will likely continue until the statutorily mandated five-year limit on exceptions is reached.
Anesthesiology and Pathology were also specified as hardship exceptions.
Radiologists who still wish to participate in Meaningful Use may do so.