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.

Is Health Care Legislation The Only Reason For Electronic Medical Records?

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…


Primary Care to Specialist Referral Communication – 12 Reasons to go Electronic. (via ReferralMD Blog – The Business Side of Healthcare) Primary Care Physicians use referralsto supply additional opinions, order laboratory tests, or imaging studies. The variation in referral use and management is varied and is dependent upon several variables. Variables include patient characteristics…




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Primary Care to Specialist Referral Communication – 12 Reasons to go Electronic

Electronic Health Record Reasons

There are lots of reasons for Electronic Health Records when referring patients to specialists. But beyond that, Electronic Medical Health Records are the way of the future. All health care insurance companies will eventually require EMR claims. Your patients will demand it. So whatever the state of health care legislation, you need to get on board with Electronic Medical Records.

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