Survey: More hospitals, physician offices move toward electronic health records PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 January 2011 14:33

A growing number of hospitals and physician offices plan to embrace electronic health record software, especially as their use becomes a requirement for certain types of Medicaid and Medicare money, according to a new series of surveys.

Eighty-one percent of U.S. hospitals responding to a survey by the American Hospital Association said they plan to meet federal guidelines in adopting electronic health records, a standard called “meaningful use.” They also plan to take advantage of incentive payments to offset the cost of switching from paper-based record systems — about 65 percent said they would enroll in the incentive programs’ Stage 1 phases this year or next.

Truman Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital both have said they’re close to applying for Stage 1 incentives.

The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that 41 percent of office-based physicians responding to its survey said they, too, will meet meaningful use standards. About 80 percent of them, or about a third of all office-based physicians, said they will enroll during Stage 1.

Fourteen percent of office-based physicians responding to the NCHS survey said they did not plan to seek meaningful use casino online incentives.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the survey results late last week to coincide with the start of the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs’ registration period.

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Meaningful Use for Specialists PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 January 2011 14:26
HITECH Answers is hosting an upcoming live web event to help specialists gain an understanding of how they can achieve meaningful use to qualify for CMS EHR incentives.

Online PR News – 17-January-2011 –HITECH Answers offers to its Virtual Extension Center (VEC) members exclusive live web events from leading experts in EHR implementation. The next event for members - Meaningful Use for Specialists - will be held January 18, 2011 at 7 pm EST. Membership to HITECH Answers VEC is completely free for all Eligible Professionals and Hospitals under the HITECH Act.

A first glance at the Stage 1 Meaningful Use Core and Menu Set objectives makes sense for primary care, but what about specialists? Members wanting to learn more can phone in and attend this upcoming event:

Meaningful Use for Specialists – Qualifying for CMS EHR Incentives
January 18, 2011, 7 pm EST

"There are numerous exceptions and provisions that will allow specialists to meet meaningful use guidelines without having to change the way they practice healthcare" says Jim Tate of and event presenter. "If an EP cannot meet a specific Meaningful Use objective in the Core or Menu Set because it is outside of the scope of their practice they may possibly be allowed to exempt that objective."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 14:52
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