Time and experience are said to be two of our greatest teachers, yet lack of experience over time can accrue costly dividends.
- We learn by experience.
- We grow through our shared experiences.
- Success is often measured in terms of positive results over time.
One might ask why this should not be the same for the Meaningful Use reporting period? Why can we not benefit from learning and adapting changes as needed over a shorter time period?
“If we’ve got to do this whole year, it all depends on how deep of a hole you dig and the ability to get out of it,” says Faith Regional Health Services CIO Brian Sterud, MBA, CHCIO. “It’s a numbers game for me. Thus, a 90-day reporting period would allow for us to start as late as October on the provider side. This would allow us nine months to be prepared and ready to achieve all the metrics.”
“When the law first went into effect and we began looking at it, I was really skeptical whether or not we could do it,” reveals Oconee Regional Medical Center CIO Alan Whitehouse, CHCIO. “Conceptually, I could understand it. But in reality, it was even worse. I say worse in the context of getting the code done, tested, implemented, and working the way you wanted to do it. So that really was a 2- to 3-year workup just for Stage 1, Year 1 — in other words, the last year we could actually attest and not be penalized.”
Come back tomorrow for Part II of this article!
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