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Meaningful use adaptation falls off


Frank Diamond

Implementation of stage 2 of the meaningful use standards for physicians seems to be stalled. CMS has paid physicians more than $10 billion for meeting meaningful use standards so far. Physicians have until Feb. 28 to attest that they’ve met the 17 core requirements for stage 2 for their Medicare and/or Medicaid patients. As of early December, however, only 3,655 eligible providers were paid for implementing stage 2, compared to 268,686 paid for stage 1. One of the problems with stage 2 implementation is that many older patients don’t have access to a computer.

Stage 1: participating providers and payments
  Providers Payments
Medicare 268,686 $6.5 billion
MDs or DOs 239,430 $5.9 billion
Dentists 251 $5.1 million
Optometrists 11,986 $260 million
Podiatrists 8,447 $226 million
Chiropractors 8,572 $150 million
Stage 2: participating providers and payments
  Providers Payments
Medicare 3,655 $24 million
MDs or DOs 3,511 $23 million
Dentists 2 $12,000
Optometrists 24 $153,000
Podiatrists 86 $529,000
Chiropractors 32 $230,000
Source: CMS