Many physicians and healthcare organizations are facing uncharted territory in the effort to align themselves with the federal goals of improving patient care and coordination, effectively managing public health data and improving efficiencies in the delivery of healthcare. The signing of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) earmarked $31 billion dollars dedicated to healthcare IT initiatives through the HITECH Act. A main focus of the HITECH Act is electronic medical record (EMR) implementation and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is offering incentive reimbursements to eligible providers and hospitals to help drive EMR adoption.
The HITECH Act allocated funding to the CMS to provide reimbursement dollars intended to incent individual providers, rural and community health clinics and hospitals to implement, adopt and meaningfully use EMR. Medicare and Medicaid providers attesting to the use of a certified EMR, according to established meaningful use requirements, may register for a CMS EHR Incentive Program and be reimbursed depending on the volume of Medicare Part B allowable billing or on the percentage of Medicaid patient visits and spend on EMR implementation and use.
Henry Schein MicroMD has a vested interest in educating the eligible provider community, as well as the supporting staff members, who are all critical to ensure a successful selection, implementation and use of a certified EMR. With that in mind, we are dedicated to offering information to providers that will help them navigate the changing healthcare delivery landscape, as well as EMR implementation and meaningful use. Take a moment to review the FAQs on the following topics:
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