The Medicare and Medicaid EHR (Electronic Health Record) Incentive Program gives healthcare providers financial incentives if they can demonstrate that they are "meaningfully using" their EHR systems. Now, while "meaningfully using" may sound like a potentially vague term, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have established a number of criteria and objectives for a healthcare provider to meet, in order for it to be categorized as "meaningfully using" its EHR systems.
The time has long since passed when hand-written medical records and documentation were industry standard. Today, electronic health records continue to dominate the medical service field, and their popularity grows each day. While some medical service providers are still doing things the old way, the future of healthcare documentation will be almost completely electronic. To prepare for this shift that is already underway, having a successful EHR implementation strategy is key.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act is part of the government's overall economic recovery plan. The HITECH act aims to ensure that all medical service providers move toward a system of EHR by 2014. It also requires the adoption of meaningful use standards. While EHR implementation and meaningful use can present great challenges for any healthcare provider undergoing a transition, ignoring them comes at a serious cost. Bob Chaput of Clearwater Compliance says it's time to "get serious" about following HITECH. Healthcare Information Services has the experience and knowledge to guide your company through compliance with the HITECH Act.
A note from HIS: The economics of our clients' practices are changing. With little control over declining—or at best, stagnant—reimbursement rates, and facing rising costs, it was imperative to find an EHR that would help our client's manage expenses and increase patient volume. SRS is already helping our client's accomplish these goals—saving time throughout the practice(s), creating opportunities to reduce overhead, and allowing our client's to achieve maximum productivity and increase the quality of care without sacrificing time spent with the patients. With SRS receiving full government certification, our clients have the added bonus of receiving the Meaningful Use incentives provided by the ARRA (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).