Meaningful Use Stage 2 brings a variety of changes.
I’ll go over these is small segments over the next few months.
Right now the topic is what I considered to be a good deal.
It really was a loop hole that may not have been in Stage 1 Meaningful Use on purpose.
This good deal is how Meaningful Use Exclusions count as a completion.
To clarify this, IF you find yourself excluded from either a Core Item or Menu Item in Meaningful Use Stage 1, that item is considered as COMPLETE.
This is not a big deal on the Core Item side, but it is a huge deal on the Menu Item side.
Think about it for a second. Let’s say you find that you are excluded from 3 Menu items. Remember, an Exclusion counts as a COMPLETED item. Surely you are going select these three menu items as part of the 5 you must select…right? Why wouldn’t you choose these three?
You just reduced the effort required on your Menu Items by over 50%!!
Now you can see why “they” are taking this good deal away.
Anyhow, be sure to take this into account when you are planning your attestation for Stage 1 Meaningful Use.
Also, don’t forget, as many do, that you have to accomplish a Risk Analysis of your practice. This must be accomplished at all locations where you conduct business…yes even if “only use that office 1 day a month”.
Topic: Meaningful Use Exclusions