Act Now to be a Meaningful User In 2011

Incentive payments for physicians who adopt electronic health records (EHRs) will begin in 2011. To take full advantage, implement your EHR in 2010. Most physicians know by now that “ meaningful users ” of “ certified EHR technology ” are eligible to receive up to $44,000 over a five-year period. Since the government has recently solidified what meaningful use means, it’s imperative that you not wait until the last minute to get started. According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the longer you wait to purchase and implement an EHR, the greater the risk that you may not be eligible to receive maximum incentive funds. That’s because 70% of the funding comes in the first two years—and moving to a new system takes time. While 2011 may seem far off, poor planning and training can lead to unwelcome results—so implement your EHR today.Incentive payments for physicians who adoptelectronic health records (EHRs) will begin in 2011. To take full advantage, implement your EHR in 2010.

Most physicians know by now that “meaningful users” of “certified EHR technology” are eligible to receive up to $44,000 over a five-year period.Since the government has recently solidified what meaningful use means, it’s imperative that you not wait until the last minute to get started.

According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the longer you wait to purchase and implement an EHR, the greater the risk that you may not be eligible to receive maximum incentive funds. That’s because 70% of the funding comes in the first two years—and moving to a new system takes time.

While 2011 may seem far off, poor planning and training can lead to unwelcome results—so implement your EHR today.

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