Members of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee questioned whether health care providers will run out and purchase new technology knowing that the certification program won't be up and running until 2012. Providers who don't demonstrate meaningful use by 2015 could face penalties.
According to Blumenthal, The Office of the National Coordinator has in place a temporary certification program, but it doesn't include all the criteria that providers will have to meet in the long run.The certification standards are entirely new because they must reflect the requirements of meaningful use, he said, adding, "We don't want to create the impression for providers that something they're using now will be capable of meaningful use."
Testifying at the hearing were
David Blumenthal, M.D., National Coordinator, Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Anthony Trenkle, Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS , Executive Director, Monmouth Medical Center, New Jersey Hospital Association
Gregory D. Starnes, CEO, Fayette County Hospital
Christine Bechtel, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Roland A. Goertz, M.D., M. B.A., President-Elect, American Academy of Family Physicians, Heart of Texas Community Health Center
Dr. Matthew Winkleman, M.D., Physician, Primary Care Group,
Glen E. Tullman, CEO, Allscripts
Peggy C. Evans, Ph.D., CPHIT, Director, Washington and Idaho Regional Extension Center, Qualis Health
The Briefing Memo is below with video and testimony beneath that and then some interesting bits from the question and answer. The entire hearing is embedded at the end of the post.