More physicians are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments if they demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). The HITECH Act originally excluded hospital-based physicians on the assumption that they benefited from the hospital’s EHR, not necessarily their own.
Things change—and change could affect your electronic medical record (EMR). That’s why it’s important to choose an EMR that will qualify for stimulus funding and a vendor that guarantees data portability. Stimulus funding Doctors considering an EMR should be certain that the system is certified and stimulus-ready.
Two big announcements have been made in regard to electronic health records (EHRs). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its draft definition of “meaningful use” , and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued an interim final rule on certification criteria . Meaningful use The meaningful use definition describes the proposed criteria for achieving meaningful use.
The federal government is determined to see that every American has an electronic health record (EHR) by 2014—but many physicians are still wary of implementing one. While physicians generally recognize an EHR’s ability to improve patient care and reduce costs, they struggle with the financial and technical hurdles it takes to successfully implement one.
By now you’ve heard that implementing an electronic health record (EHR) early is key to success. Not only will you be able to take advantage of all federal financial incentives, you’ll also be up and running before the rush to implement likely hits in 2010 or 2011—and of course, you’ll receive all of the benefits of an EHR sooner.