Most providers have not attested for Meaningful Use Stage 1, frequently citing quality measures and reporting as their biggest challenges. That has them increasingly reaching out to consultants for assistance, according to the KLAS report Rapid Growth of Meaningful Use Consulting: Why Providers Are Reaching Out..
User adoption, software upgrades, and updates also rank high in the challenges providers cite for implementing EMRs. One CFO said, “We were struggling to do the implementation ourselves, and I ultimately bit the bullet and hired [a firm] to come in and help us get our act together. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my professional career.”
KLAS identifies a total of 51 firms that have conducted at least one MU-related project, engaging in everything from strategic advisory services and lead roles in implementations, to supporting implementation engagements, to implementation and staff augmentation projects. Most firms are performing well and are satisfying healthcare provider expectations. More than half (61 percent) of the ranked firms in this report achieve a score of 89 out of 100 or above.
Beyond attesting for Stage 1, healthcare providers are looking to consulting firms to partner with as they navigate years of upcoming regulations and potential policy changes, according to the report.
The 23 rated firms in the report are Accenture, Aspen Advisors, Beacon Partners, CSC, CTG, Cumberland, Dearborn Advisors, Dell Services, Deloitte, Encore Health Resources, ESD, Hayes Management, Impact Advisors, Innovative Healthcare Solutions, maxIT, Navin, Haffty & Associates, Nordic Consulting, Peer Consulting, Preferred Solutions, PwC, Santa Rosa Consulting, Vitalize Consulting Solutions, and Xerox.