September 27, 2011
The CMS released a video response to their attestation directive. It’s a tutorial designed to explain, step-by-step, the registration process for meaningful use incentives. Explaining registration in video format can be helpful, but sometimes the office demands of a busy practice make viewing it in its entirety rather difficult. The current video takes the viewer through the information CMS needs for registration like name, location, field of medicine, etc. It also points out how to set the password and how to make changes in case some information was incorrectly entered..
However, understanding the registration process might not be the complicated part for some practices. The difficulty is what comes next – understanding and tracking the Meaningful Use objectives and the attestation process. CMS published the rules and objectives on their website in an effort to guide practices, but even the most seasoned veteran may find Meaningful Use to be a bit of a “monster”.
There is a solution though. It’s the AttestEasy service – an add-on, concierge service to our Rcopia-MU product, which monitors providers’ progress and hand-holds them through the attestation process, alleviating the confusion, stress, and avoiding any surprise when it comes time to attest that may delay incentive payments. Practices are first taken step-by-step through registration. From there, office staff are given instructions on reporting, using their own patients information. In addition to educating office managers and staff, in real time with real patient information, DrFirst also monitors their reporting behavior. This ensures CMS requirements aren’t being overlooked, which may disqualify them from incentive funds.
In short, the AttestEasy service provides an office everything that CMS requests for a successful attestation. It eliminates any confusion, so there’s no guessing whatsoever. Practices will feel safe knowing they’re achieving meaningful use standards without all the doubt and stress. When that’s gone, it gives them time to focus on the real reason for being there – meeting their doctor’s needs and helping the patients.