Is Health Care Legislation The Only Reason For Electronic Medical Records?
The health care legislation currently in the news is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare“. This health care reform act has an individual health care insurance mandate and an employer mandate, but it doesn’t mandate an EMR softare solution.
However, any health care provider who wants to participate in the Obamacare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), will need Electronic Medical Records to document the clinical aspects of the patient encounter and track encounters to ensure the provider gets credit for contributing to ACO objectives.
Electronic Medical Records Mandate
But the health care legislation that initially mandated the Electronic Health Record (EHR) / Electronic Medical Records (EMR) was the HITECH Act of 2009 (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act). Healthcare providers which accepting Medicare and Medicaid should already be aware of the 2014 deadline for EHR / EMR technology. Medical providers submitting Medicare claims, will begin getting zapped with penalties in 2015.
All Health Care Providers
Ignoring the Electronic Health Record mandate is not an option, even if you don’t send claims to CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) for reimbursement. Some great reasons below…
Electronic medical records (EMR) software is probably the furthest things from your mind when you’re watching football. You’re concerned with the NFL scores and the players and your favorite teams.
After all this is your leisure time. You want to forget about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, electronic medical records / electronic health records (EHR) and HIPAA laws.
But If you are a health care provider, you’re probably never off completely. When there’s a NFL injury report, you probably wonder about the medical staff and the care that the players are receiving.
Well there is a relevant piece of NFL football news that is healthcare news as well.
One prediction is that 80% of health care providers will adopt EMR software by 2016. To get your HITECH Act electronic medical record systems to the point of success may take a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
Lots of hospitals and eligible providers have already implemented EMR software, attested to the stage 1 meaningful use criteria and have received money from the electronic health record / EHR Incentive program. “It was estimated that the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive program has paid out $5.58 billion to 110,650 physicians and hospitals through May 2012.”
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