23 Dec Dr. Kressly’s Twelve Days of MU 2
On the 1st day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
A complex incentive program that only someone who works for a governmental organization could understand.
On the 2nd day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
Final Rules that are only “final” until they realize no one can meet the requirements so they change them.
On the 3rd day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
17 Core and 3 Menu Objectives. A 20 course meal that leaves you feeling like you need your stomach pumped and never want to eat again.
On the 4th day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
Thresholds that require superhuman capabilities not only for your practice, but your patients (oh…you’re supposed to control their behavior too!)
On the 5th day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
Interoperability Standards for exchange of information…but wait, those standards are really only suggestions so everyone can “tweak them” for their own purposes.
On the 6th day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
Patient Engagement….no you don’t have to marry your patients, or maybe you do if you want them to behave the way you need them to in order to meet the thresholds.
On the 7th day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
Direct Messaging….no it’s really not a “direct” way of communicating with your colleagues. You need to jump through hoops to set up accounts to exchange information indirectly with your colleagues because, well, no one is really following the interoperability standards and HIEs are not uniform, or in many cases, sustainable.
On the 8th day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
VDT….no it isn’t a sexually transmitted infection, it stands for “View, Download and Transmit” which assumes your patients actually understand what a “CDA” is, and actually plan on using it.[/su_column][/su_row]
On the 9th day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
CQMs or Clinical Quality Measures…for which you must report on 9 out of 64. That’s not to say that measuring this improves the quality of care you give your patients but it does say you know how to check the right boxes in your EHR.
On the 10th day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
A SNOMED coded Problem List! Yes! I always loved a white Christmas! At least this is meaningful…oh….that’s SNO, not SNOW.
On the 11th day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
Family History as structured data. But what’s a family? 2 moms, sperm donor, surrogate mother. Just whose medical structured data am I supposed to enter?
On the 12th day of MU 2, the ONC gave to me:
FINALLY a $$$ pay off for this hard work! There really is a Santa Claus! Oh wait…my state ran out of money 🙁