Will You Beat the HITECH Act CMS Medicare Meaningful Use Deadline?

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If you need to comply with the HITECH Act, time is running out!!!
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The HITECH Act has an EHR Incentive Program which is linked to Meaningful Use CMS criteria.

If you’re new to this blog, you may not be clear on what the HITECH Act is. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Act (HITECH Act) is health care legislation passed in 2009 as part of the Stimulus Bill (ARRA).. It mandates that Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) health care providers adopt electronic medical records / EMR software by 2014.

Then the next piece in the puzzle:
An Eligible Professional (EP) or Eligible Hospital (EH) can qualify for the EHR Incentive Program.

In other words,
To receive HITECH Act payments under the EHR incentive program, the eligible provider must
1)    Get one of the certified electronic medical record systems
2)    Demonstrate meaningful use.

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Will HITECH Act EMR Software Requirements Be Affected By 2012 Election?

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I was recently asked if the HITECH Act EHR incentive program will be effected by the 2012 election. Well the move to electronic medical records was mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act of 2009 as part of the Stimulus Bill.

President George W Bush had a vision of electronic medical records in 2004. Not much movement toward electronic health record adoption occurred then. Health care providers started to take EMR software seriously with the Stimulus Bill / HITECH Act, which provided funding.


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HITECH Act Meaningful Use Of Electronic Medical Records: What Are The Stats?

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The HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) mandates Meaningful Use of electronic medical records.

There are plenty of lists of the best electronic health record (EHR) / electronic medical records (EMR) software. In a prior article “Electronic Health Record Software: What’s The Best One For Your Practice?”  we’ve compiled the results from several studies.

Meaningful Use
Electronic health record study and survey results are always inconsistent and inconclusive. Not surprising. All of the 300+ certified electronic medical records systems have the capability for you to meet meaningful use.


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HITECH Act Mandates Electronic Health Records: Can Regional Extension Centers Help?

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HITECH Act, plus more on Regional Extension Centers…

For Medicare or Medicaid doctors and health care providers, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act mandates that you adopt electronic health record technology by 2014.

Many health care providers are scrambling to comply with HITECH Act implementation and meaningful use requirements. You probably know about the EHR incentive program, which is making annual payments directly to eligible health care providers.

Why not do whatever you can to qualify, so some of that incentive money will start flowing into your medical practice?

The HITECH Act, which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, established Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to help you. And the RECs have received grant money from the government to offer FREE or low cost technology consulting services.

What do Regional Extension Centers do?

The goal of the 70 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) is to assist primary care physicians (PCPs), public and critical-access hospitals, and community clinics with the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health record software.

These regional extension centers have received HITECH Act grant money to provide outreach, education and technical assistance services. The actual administration of the grant assistance money is done by non-profit entities established by the grant recipient.

The Regional Extension Centers focus on helping clinicians (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) furnishing primary-care services, with a particular emphasis on individual and small group practices (fewer than 10 clinicians with prescriptive privileges).

Regional Extension Centers do not sell electronic health record (EHR) software. But they do assist with EHR software selection and implementation. Physicians are experts at medicine, not technology. So the software selection process can be daunting – without help.

In many instances, the REC has pre-selected several EHR systems. So this accelerates the selection process. Physicians don’t have to weed through 400 different certified EHR software options!

And the Regional Extension Center representative walks you through the entire process of

  • Registering for EHR incentive programs
  • Selecting EHR
  • Implementing the EHR
  • Demonstrating Meaningful Use
  • Getting You Paid!

Not a Primary Care Physician?

If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid physician, you too can get help from the Georgia Regional Extension Center (GA-HITREC). Call Sandra at 404-374-3384 to discuss the fee schedule.

All physicians should consult the prior article entitled “Health Care Providers Get CMS Incentive Payments: Are You Eligible?
to see if you are eligible for the CMS / HITECH Act EHR incentive program.

We specialize in meaningful use consulting. Meaning: we make sure you, the private practice physician, get paid the EHR incentive money that is due to you.

There’s help for Georgia Medicare and Medicaid physicians.
Call 404-374-3384 for more information about the GA-HITREC.

Got questions?
about the HITECH Act, Electronic Health Records or the
Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS)
EHR incentive program

I invite you to claim free access to an informative interview audio titled

How To Convert To Electronic Health Records,
When I’m Completely Technology Adverse,
And Don’t Know Where To Start!


Is electronic health record adoption a mystery to you?

Don’t have the time or expertise?

Want to take advantage of EHR incentive money?


Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 today to schedule a

FREE Consultation!

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EHR Software, HITECH Act, and Meaningful Use assistance!

Sandra Noble