Mike Murphy, implementation specialist and Meaningful Use team leader for Meditab Software, recently joined the Healthcare Insider radio show to share some of his expertise.
Mr. Murphy has over 25 years of experience administering government incentive and grant programs. He is responsible for managing and mentoring a multinational team to provide all around quality assistance for clients dealing with attestation and compliance of incentives and regulations. Additionally, Mike is involved in all aspects related to MU, from software development to employee training programs.
Mr. Murphy explained that in a five-year program, there is a guarantee to be audited at least once. However, the auditing is pretty simple, Mike explains: “As long as you did what you said you did, and you kept proof that you did it, you will be fine.”
Additionally, six strategies were discussed for how physicians need to prepare for Meaningful Use audits.
- Put someone in charge of the effort – most likely not a physician unless it is a small practice.
- Look at the reports carefully before you submit.
- Retain your supporting documentation – screenshots must be retained for up to six years.
- Perform a risk analysis – Mike explains how CMS provides the templates for this.
- Prepare to share screen shots and have them available.
- If you get notified of an audit – consult your vendor (exactly like you would call your CPA if you get word of a pending IRS audit).
While great progress has been made, the bulk of the market appears to be behind on implementing Meaningful Use. Murphy explained in order for Meaningful Use to be successfully implemented, doctors need to embrace the learning curve; they need to understand that until they master the software they will have a slow-down during which the service to patients is a little delayed.
Mike finally remarks: “embrace the change, don’t fight it”- if you don’t participate in Meaningful Use, you will have to pay penalties.
Meditab is committed to helping its clients meet all of their Meaningful Use goals when using IMS, providing clients with the reporting tools they need and personalized assistance they deserve as they work toward compliance. You can visit http://www.meditab.com/company/ehr-meaningful-use/ for more information.
To hear the full interview, visit: http://thehcinsider.com/mike-murphy/