Medicare Incentives for Physicians

Amounts shown are per physician. To participate in the incentives, you must be a meaningful user. Incentive Year Adopted 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015+ 2011 $18,000 — — — — 2012 $12,000 $18,000 — — — 2013 $8,000 $12,000 $15,000 — — 2014 $4,000 $8,000 $12,000 $12,000 __ 2015 $2,000 $4,000 $8,000 $8,000 0 2016 0 $2,000 $4,000 $4,000 0 2017 0 0 0 0 0 Total $44,000 $44,000 $39,000 $24,000 0 Health Shortage Area + 10%$48,400 + 10%$48,400 +10%$42,900 +10%$26,400 As defined by the HITECH Act, a physician meaningful user is one using software that supports computerized provider order entry, uses ePrescribing, submits information to HHS on clinical quality…

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What Should I Know About Interfaces?

A key quality of care benefit of an EHR is its ability to create, send out and track the provider’s orders and then electronically review and route the results of those orders into the patient’s record. Due to many national efforts, HL7 standard language is used to create these interfaces. When the interfaces communicate back and forth with your EMR, results can be provided to the clinician for review prior to posting into the patient record. Some specialties receive as much as 70 percent of health care information from outside sources, including information from hospitals, labs, diagnostic imaging centers, payers, referring physicians, patients and pharmacies. The most common interfaces to…

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US House of Representatives Passes SCHIP

After earlier Senate passage, the US House of Representatives passed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Wednesday afternoon, and President Obama signed a reauthorized SCHIP into law a few hours later. SCHIP is expected to cover additional millions of uninsured children in coming years, funded by an increase in tobacco taxes. This law provides an opportunity to spur implementation of health information technology in pediatric practices by tying a requirement in the HITECH legislation presently before the Senate that pediatricians begin at a date in the near future (say January 2011) to electronically upload clinical records for newborn and infant SCHIP beneficiaries to a secure centralized database in each…

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