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|
|MDs or DOs||239,430||$5.9 billion|
|Stage 2: participating providers and payments|
|MDs or DOs||3,511||$23 million|