I spend a lot of my day answering questions about the EHR incentives from SRS clients and also from users of other EHRs. The questions range from extremely basic ones posed by people who are dazed and intimidated by the scope of the program to nuanced questions from those already knee-deep in meaningful use. Since I began writing Meaningful Use Monday, the resources on the subject have grown in number and specificity. Here are a few that physicians and administrators have found helpful recently:
- Participate in a CMS Provider Call. There is one scheduled for this Thursday (5/19) at 2:30 PM Eastern Time. After the presentation, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and have them answered directly by CMS staffers. To register, click here.
- The Attestation Users Guide not only provides information about both the registration and attestation processes, but by looking through it page by page, you will gain a in-depth understanding of the program‘s structure and how the requirements all fit together.
- The CMS FAQ website is continually updated and has a search function that allows you to zero in on the information you need without reading through all (currently 148) questions.
- Call the EHR Information Center: 1-888-734-6433 when you have questions or subscribe to the CMS Listserv to receive meaningful use news and updates.
- I also invite you to take advantage of the meaningful use section of the SRSsoft website, where you will find a great deal of distilled information on the EHR incentives program and links to where you can find more.
Next week I will write about some interesting information I learned during a recent CMS call when I asked a question related to the reporting of clinical quality measures.
Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money. Check out Lynn’s previous Meaningful Use Monday posts.