The Government Shutdown and the Effect on Healthcare Providers

At the beginning of the Government shutdown a very important program in the healthcare industry started: Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2. The halt of the Government has made Healthcare Providers question how this is going to affect them in the long run and what will happen with MU certifications and payments.

According to Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national coordinator for health information technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, MU programs will continue as scheduled. Last Thursday, October 10, started the 90-day period for the year for Providers starting to attest for the first time this year. As for Providers that previously qualified, they would have needed to collect meaningful data all year to receive 2013 incentives, explained in a recent Medpage Today article.

The question is not if MU will continue but how much more will the effects of the shutdown slow down the process for Providers and with the process influenced, will missed deadlines be forgiven?

Read more about the change in pace for Meaningful Use in HealthcareITNews.com’s post “Shutdown Stalls Meaningful Use Work” and comment below on how the shutdown has affected you as a Provider or Healthcare Facility.