There is a need to look at the impact of meaningful use on Critical Access Hospitals. Modern Healthcare has weighed in on a lack of clarity. Perhaps this is an indication that we need to explore the impact a little further.
Last week I was asked about the impact of meaningful use on CAHs and the answer I gave my friend was:
The impact will be the same as on any other provider. However, CAHs and rural providers may have more difficulty reaching meaningful use because of the challenges that we already know about. For example, if you don't have broadband in your area, it will be really hard to meaningfully use an EHR. There is a lot of work to do in this area and associated costs.