John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , July 30, 2013 The processing of federally mandated quality measures by electronic health records systems "raises costs and effort for providers without leading to accurate data and is not sustainable," the American Hospital Association asserts.
The American Hospital Association is continuing its call to delay the Oct. 1 deadline for Meaningful Use Stage 2 because of widespread complaints that electronic health records cannot accurately process federally mandated quality measures.
AHA said that EHRs were initially expected to collect data through the routine care process and that the eCQM reporting tool would accurately extract and report measurements from the existing data and reduce provider burden. So far that hasn't happened because much of the needed data was not captured in the required format.
Instead, the report said "the current process raises costs and effort for providers without leading to accurate data and is not sustainable. ...