Why implement an EMR now?

Physician practices that wait until next year to implement an EMR will face a high risk of failing to achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011 and 2012 federal incentives, according to Mark Leavitt, chairman of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. “You’re dreaming if you think you can achieve it in less than a year,” warned Leavitt at the annual AHIMA conference on Monday in Grapevine, Texas. While physician practices could implement EMRs more quickly, Leavitt said it could take hospitals at least 18 months, if not two years, to do so. So at this point, it’s a race against the clock. Although you don’t have to be the first practice to install an EMR, you do have to get it done in order to qualify for the bigger payouts available in the first two years of the program. You have to implement an EMR by early 2010 in order to qualify for the first available annual payments totaling up to $44,000 for each doctor in your office. We can help you choose the right EMR and support structure, which is essential in your being a practice of the future rather than a practice of the past. And we can help you keep your software up-to-date in accordance with government guidelines—which in turn will keep reimbursements coming in over the years. Related articles: Don’t wait until next year to implement EMR, Leavitt warns

Physician practices that wait until next year to implement an EMR will face a high risk of failing to achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011 and 2012 federal incentives, according to Mark Leavitt, chairman of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

“You’re dreaming if you think you can achieve it in less than a year,” warned Leavitt at the annual AHIMA conference on Monday in Grapevine, Texas.

While physician practices could implement EMRs more quickly, Leavitt said it could take hospitals at least 18 months, if not two years, to do so.

So at this point, it’s a race against the clock. Although you don’t have to be the first practice to install an EMR, you do have to get it done in order to qualify for the bigger payouts available in the first two years of the program. You have to implement an EMR by early 2010 in order to qualify for the first available annual payments totaling up to $44,000 for each doctor in your office.

We can help you choose the right EMR and support structure, which is essential in your being a practice of the future rather than a practice of the past. And we can help you keep your software up-to-date in accordance with government guidelines—which in turn will keep reimbursements coming in over the years.

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