Face it. CMS is under some pressure on Meaningful Use. Every time they publish a statement of position, they get thumped by CHIME, AHA, MGMA or some other industry group pointing out the reporting burden, or difficulty of achieving measures.
Here is who does not benefit. Hospitals attestation is pretty simple, even though it is manual. Physicians and other EP's on Medicaid cannot attest via batch (unless their State offers automation - more on this in an upcoming newsletter topic, as we survey the States). And if you have a small clinic with only a dozen or so providers, the benefit is minimal.
BUT ... Larger physician groups with significant Medicare participants ... well, that is another story! In less than the time it takes to attest for a single EP, a MU coordinator can submit a batch with dozens (or more) of attestations all in one quick step. And if you have a tool that automates the batch creation process, file creation, and response management, you can save months of time using automated Batch Attestation. That's a pretty big WIIFM!
Now, all you need is to figure out how to build it. Keep an eye or this blog for some ideas on that.
Of course, the best option is Meaningful Use Monitor - the middleware between EHR, Quality Reporting - and CMS! And be sure to download the Meaningful Use Manifesto for a summary of Best Practices around the job of administering and defending Meaningful Use.