Playing catch-up here since I was on vacation last weekend and missed my previous Wed post.
Stacey Marie Chapman had an interesting comment on a recent post by John Lynn over at emrandhipaa.com. His post can be found here and her comment is below it. Her comment included,
“I think one of the first signs will be visible come June of 2011, when the ePrescribing penalties begin. A payment adjustment (penalty) has been introduced for eligible professionals that have not implemented and employed a qualified eRx system by the end of the first 6 months of 2011. As penalties begin to pile, this may outweigh the providers’ ability to avoid the transformation.”
As a provider that uses an EMR, which had, in truth, been implemented with a rationale at least partially including the planned incentive payments from CMS (until July 1, we continue to see Medicare patients), I find this very interesting. Medicare can begin imposing penalties long before any benefits can be received. One cannot register their EMR system use with Medicare until at least after April 1, 2011, because right now their registration system blocks applicants from advancing beyond a specific screen for to get to “attestation”.
Since you must use the reporting system of Meaningful Use for at least 90 days to qualify for payments in 2011 (however little they may eventually be), there is question in my mind of how long into the future the date actually is going to be for being able to actually report for MU. It’s a very much delayed process. It leaves providers wondering when it will all come together.
Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009. He can be reached at email@example.com.