It's that dreadful time of the year again. It's time to sit down, count up the thousands of dollars you owe to the government. Paying taxes can be especially difficult for those that waited until the last minute to calculate their expenditures; we understand, it can be a tough knot to untangle.
But hopefully, you've learned that it's best to plan for these important deadlines in advance. The sooner you start on your taxes, the less stressed and overwhelmed you'll feel when the deadline creeps up on you. Similarly, the sooner you start taking the steps to adopt Meaningful Use, the less money your practice will lose when the deadline arrives, and the more prepared you'll feel. So why are you putting it off? You're probably worried that fulfulling all of the Meaningful Use criteria for optometerists could be pretty daunting.
Meaningful Use Criteria for ODs: Why you Might be Dreading it as Much as Paying Your Taxes
The Software is Complicated to Learn
Just like the many softwares used to pay taxes can be puzzling, you're daunted by the fact that you will have to set extra time apart to learn the new system of a certified EHR system. Your practice is busy as it is and now you have to find your way through this maze of a software.
Generally when a vendor is 2014 Meaningful Use Stage 2 certified, they have staff that helps you integrate your system into your practice. All you have to do is make sure that your staff is taking the time to go through the training required to learn the new system.
It's true. You already have to adhere to the government and pay your taxes on time, but if that's not enough, you are probably also paying an accountant to handle your taxes for you. Just like hiring a professional for your taxes, you might be nervous about the cost of a certified EHR system. But just like tases, if you don't comply to the rules on time, there are bigger consequences.
Yes, you're going to have to purchase an EHR system, and they don't run cheap, but doing so as soon as possible will prevent your practice from being penalized come 2015. Adopting Meaningful Use is free of cost and implementing the system to your practice the first 9 months of 2014 will decrease your chances of higher payment adjustments in the future. Here's a breakdown of the money you could be making your practice by participating in Meaningful Use.
It's Time Comsuming
You've probably heard about the lengthy process of fully implementing Meaningul Use into your practice. From learning the new features to training your staff, it can take weeks for your practice to be up and running at a normal pace. But think of this time spent as a smart investment for your practice. By adopting the latest tools, your practice will be running as efficiently as possible. What took ten minutes to do before, might take a mere 2 minutes with the new system. So the return of investment is high in the long run.
It's natural to procrastinate and dread finishing a tedious task, we get it. But just like taxes, the sooner you begin participating in Meaningful Use, the better off you and your staff will be when the deadline rolls around. Want to learn more about Stage 1? Check out our eBook if you haven't!