After my last post, a meaningful use checklist, I couldn’t help but start thinking about how many people are going to soon be looking for a meaningful use checklist.
Certainly many practices are going to be interested in finding a meaningful use expert to help make sure that they get the EMR stimulus money. I’m guessing many EMR vendors are going to want to find a meaningful use expert that will help them navigate the hundreds of pages of regulations and wave of other meaningful use information which isn’t in the regulation cause let’s be honest. Despite a HUGE regulation, there are a still a ton of practical meaningful use details that you’re going to need to know to appropriately navigate the meaningful use world. The government doesn’t just hand out money (usually). You have to play the game.
The challenge is that who is a meaningful use expert. Just over a year ago, no one even used the term meaningful use. Over the past year we’ve learned a lot about meaningful use and each day we learn more, but it’s all one huge learning process for everyone.
Plus, it’s not like there’s some meaningful use expert certification. ONC and CMS have done some meaningful use conference calls and other training. I expect they’ll do more and more of these. Will those and other resources on the various HHS websites get us to the point that someone can say they’re a meaningful use expert? It seems like they’re going to have to do it, no?
Of course, we have the RECs also. No doubt, they should have the information you need to show meaningful use. Their meaningful use experts are free too. Not too bad. Are RECs getting extra meaningful use training that really will make them experts on meaningful use?
I’m interested to know how practices are planning to approach meaningful use. Will they be finding meaningful use consultants? Will they be using the RECs? Will they be navigating the meaningful use waters alone and build the expertise in house? Will they be relying on their EMR vendor to provide them the meaningful use expertise?
I guess it’s just hard for me to call anyone an “expert” on meaningful use. I think I’m pretty knowledgeable on meaningful use, but I’d definitely shy away from using that “E” word. Maybe other people see it differently than I do.