in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer

First in a series about Meaningful Use Stage 2

Like a bunch of kids at a Harry Potter book release, we now have a our own 455 page “novel” to read.

The Meaningful Use Stage 2 Proposed Rule is out and everyone wants to know how it ends.

I will be doing a series on the (expected) rule and how it differs from Stage 1.

Have you Attested for Stage 1 Yet?

If you haven’t attested yet for Stage 1 Meaningful Use, then the last thing you need to do is get all worked up about Stage 2.

It is very important to Attest for Stage 1 this year (2012) to ensure you get the full amount of reimbursement due to you.

Don’t wait until the end of the year, as the process will not go well the first time and you don’t want to be backed into a corner.

Stage 1 Lessons Learned

Use the lessons learned from Stage 1 Attestation.

Some of those that come to mind for me are:

  • Start early – this won’t go right the first time
  • Print your 90 day reports often…and keep them
    • I’ve had instances where clients swear they were “in-the-green” last month, suddenly they don’t meet the minimums
  • Review the reports
    • Wherever you are short, research why
    • Most times the reason for being short is more an issue of clicking in all the right places vs. your office not actually doing the required items
  • Keep doing what you started in Stage 1
    • The point of changing work flows to ensure your office meets the Stage 1 requirement is to KEEP DOING THOSE THINGS even after you Attest.  If you went back to your “old ways”, then Stage 2 will be painful.
  • Risk Analysis issues – FIX THEM
    • Not one single office I came across had a “clean” risk analysis.  This is not a problem, BUT not fixing the issues by the next risk analysis IS a problem
    • There is one more item added to the Risk Analysis list…though if you used our Meaningful Use Risk analysis kit when you Attested for Stage 1, you would already know to fix this issue.

Next time I’ll discuss what has changed in the Stage 2 Menu Set Items.


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