Your Key To Unlocking Government Incentives For EMR
Unfortunately, as of this writing, you are too late to partake in any of the ARRA HITECH government incentives if you have not yet established "meaningful use" of an Electronic Health Records system in your practice (or hospital). However, you may continue to receive benefits until 2016 if your system was in use prior to 2014.
ARRA HITECH Act* Physician
Electronic Health Records Software
Reimbursement Plan (Medicare)
2011 → 2016
* Limitations apply. This material presents Andromeda's interpretation of the stimulus act as described in the
HITECH Act Excerpt From ARRA portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Please consult the United States
government websites for specific details. Andromeda relies on information from
3rd parties and accepts no responsibility or liability for the content provided herein.
A medical practice still contemplating a conversion to an accredited EMR system must naigate the following hurdles:
- Decide on which of over 100 EMR systems to implement
- Contract an experienced, reputable, local IT company to install it (and expand your data network as necessary to accommodate it!)
- Complete the staff training phase
- Accumulate enough patient record use to pass a government determination for "meaningful use"!
The Key Is Prompt, Error-Free Installation!
will it take for you to achieve the earliest possible benefits of EHR adoption? First,
it is essential that the installation be complete and error-free before training begins. Even one
"flaky" machine, connection, or component means that training is delayed or, worse, trainer and trainee get
hopelessly confused over a problem that isn't even theirs to deal with!
This is precisely the area where Andromeda shines. First, while we are not EMR selection consultants, our vast
experience in the field gives us access to resourcessome offering free services to their
clients!that provide individualized, non-partisan advice for EMR/EHR selection.
More to the point, Andromeda makes the installation/support step of the process completely painless.
Government financial incentive for early adoption of EMR systems was an important motivator, of course. But it is worth noting
that the ultimate benefit of implementing such a system lies in the stream-lined efficiency and ease with which it will
allow you to conduct your practice. This is true for both internal interactions among your staff and with patients as well
as external interactions with hospitals and government health entities. The benefits extend well beyond government
reporting and patient billing. They reach into the very heart of your daily practice: patient charting, self-documenting
prescriptions, appointment scheduling, information flow among doctors and hospitals, and much more. Mistakes and
miscommunications in any of these areas can be both costly and dangerousEMR systems can be your best weapon against
them! Clearly, delayed implementation of an EMR simply delays the daily benefits that you will ultimately reap from one.
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