The future of healthcare requires that you share clinical information across boundaries. Here are three key questions you should ask yourself—or any EHR vendor you deal with—about the data platform:
Implementing an EHR system that can pull and present data in a usable format, securely share information with health data exchanges (HIEs), and offer the flexibility to adapt to dynamic government standards is critical to EHR functionality. These three points combined will yield better patient care, more cost-effective treatment, and allow for providers to meet the meaningful use requirements, now and in the future.
Start ePrescribing in 2011—in addition to increasing Medicare reimbursement by 1% in 2011, ePrescribing in 2011 prevents physicians from incurring the ePrescribing penalties for 2012 and 2013.
Although many providers are already ePrescribing, not everyone is aware of the timing involved to avoid the penalties:
Please note that physicians cannot receive incentives under both ePrescribing (MIPPA) and EHR Incentives (ARRA) during the same year.
A strategy to consider—which will maximize revenue from the two programs combined—is to pursue the ePrescribing incentives in 2011 and meaningful use beginning in 2012.
For more government related information, visit SRS Government Affairs.