A recent study conducted by Stoltenberg Consulting found that a vast majority of healthcare providers have a long ways to go to prepare for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA. The Health IT Industry Outlook Survey included IT professionals, as well as executive/C-suite representatives.
Here are four key survey findings, as listed by Becker’s Hospital Review:
- More than half of respondents (64 percent) said they were “unprepared” or “very unprepared” for MACRA.
- A similar number of respondents (68 percent) said clinical, financial and IT departments should work together to comply with MACRA’s Quality Payment Program.
- Thirty-one percent of respondents said the top QPP challenge is “revising data management/reporting mechanisms to meet new reporting requirements,” according to the survey. Twenty-nine percent of respondents cited “motivating the entire organization to collectively work together to achieve goals” as the top QPP challenge.
- Respondents cited lack of budget (44 percent) and lack of qualified applicants to fill health IT positions (43 percent) as the top reasons why healthcare organizations’ IT departments are not entirely staffed.