Meaningful Use: CMS Attestations Visualized

In February of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services released a new dataset with information on CMS Meaningful Use Attestation. While most of the data is from 2011, the data available from 2012 can give some great insight as to what we might expect this year from CMS, EHR vendors and EPs alike. Below are some interesting trends taken from the 2011-2012 data.

Trends in State Attestation (interactive)

Illinois seems to be leading the pack in the number of Eligible Professionals attesting for Meaningful Use so far (2011 + 2012 data) with a total of 4668 (or 7.14% of the pie). California is taking second place with 4513 total attestations (or 6.9 % of the total). Of the continental states, Wyoming is the last of the pack, with a meager 76 (or 0.116%) total attestations. A visualization of payments made by state (available here – PDF) looks very similar to the number of total number of attestations by state, indicating that most practices attest correctly.

Looking at a timeline, most EPs attested in December 2011 – February 2012 (note: data available up to February 2012). It’s likely numbers will see a sharp decline as we move toward the next deadline at the end of this year (beginning of next).

Total Attestations by Month (interactive)
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Primary Care Providers (PCPs) hold over a third of attestations submitted between April 2011 and February 2012. The OTHER category is composed of about 65 specialties that recorded minimal percentages. This means that EHRs are reaching the front-lines of health care services.

Attestations by Specialty (interactive)
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What can we expect moving forward?

I suspect that numbers will begin to decrease sharply and begin to increase again once the deadline for year 2 of Stage 1 approaches. However, with recent Stage 2 requirements, it will be interesting to see if re-certification of EHRs will pose a problem and potentially decrease the numbers of Eligible Professionals attesting for Stage 2. (remember, that’s not for another 2 years).

The map colors will begin to homogenize as more states get on the band-wagon, however, states like Montana and other mainly rural states will remain constant (if not fade) due to their low numbers of physicians (get the numbers here – PDF).

Do you have any other data? I’m working on an infographic and would love to add more info to it! Contact me on twitter at @bogdanrau with info.

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