Thursday, February 9, 2012

Meaningful Use in Year Two and Beyond: Informing the Efforts of RECs

Harle, Christopher and Nir Menachemi. "Meaningful Use in Year Two and Beyond: Informing the Efforts of RECs." iHealthBeat, February 6, 2012.

From the opinion: "According to CMS, in 2011, 29,344 eligible professionals received a total of $570,350,910 in incentive payments through either the Medicare or Medicaid incentive programs. …Of note in the CMS statistics is that nearly 173,000 providers registered for the program, indicating far more interest than actual participation thus far. This is not necessarily surprising given the many known obstacles to successful EHR adoption. The well-documented barriers extend beyond the commonly cited financial obstacles that the meaningful use program tries to address. The non-financial barriers include time and information constraints, environmental and organizational factors, as well as social and psychological obstacles. Therefore, an important policy question is how can these non-monetary barriers be overcome as the meaningful use program evolves?" Read more

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