Meaningful Use Significantly Benefits Radiologists

Date Added: May 23, 2011

Author: Michael.Young

Radiologists who choose to upgrade to the new ARRA-defined standards of meaningful use will see a notable enhancement of health care service to patients. The intent of meaningful use is to help ensure that radiologists who use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) implement the software in a manner that supports higher quality and more efficient delivery of services. Most radiologists do qualify for these benefits and discover that implementing meaningful use is advantageous to radiologists in several significant ways.

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More Efficient

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Utilization of EHRs in a clinic environment will help to improve the delivery of patient care by its efficient, digitized format. This reduces the amount of record-keeping involved per patient and provides the radiologist with more information for efficient analysis of care delivery.

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Customized Care Delivery

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With meaningful use standards adopted, the radiologist will have a patient’s complete history in an easy to use format. Having a comprehensive medical history allows the health care provider to implement more accurate treatment and customize services to the needs of the patient.

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Reducing Consumer Costs

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Maximized efficiency and delivery benefit patients by reducing health care costs. The implementation of meaningful use eliminates duplicate treatment methods and facilitates better communication with other health care providers. Patients benefit by fewer tests, treatments, and hospital stays.

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Financial Incentives

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Providers who implement software according to the meaningful use standards issued by the federal government could be eligible for significant financial incentives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Up to 90 percent of these practitioners will be eligible for the payments, which total more than $1 billion for the field of radiology. Larger practices could receive as much as $10 million.

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Eligibility

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Eligibility will be determined by each individual practice’s scenario, as well as the purchase and utilization of certified technology that fits the use objectives. Every Medicare eligible professional must have a National Provider Identifier (NPI) and be enrolled in the CMS Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) to participate in the EHR incentive program.

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The Medicaid EHR incentive program is offered and administered voluntarily by states and territories. And unlike the Medicaid incentive program, the Medicare program incorporates penalties. The Medicare fee schedule for providers who are not “meaningful EHR users” will be reduced by 1 percent in 2015, by 2 percent in 2016 and by 3 percent in 2017.

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Implementing Meaningful Use

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For more information about the implementation of meaningful use and how it improves efficiency for medical professionals, contact e-MDs, a leader in electronic medical record software provision. e-MDs will help you understand how to use your new EHR system or assess and upgrade your current system in a way that achieves ARRA-defined Meaningful Use.

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e-MDs offers a host of affordable, certified EHR solutions for physicians and facilities looking to modernize or enhance their services with the latest electronic health records technology.

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e-MDs is committed to providing affordable and integrated EMR and Practice Management Software solutions, including clinical, financial and document management modules designed to automate medical practice processes and chart management – delivering the clinical tools needed to succeed in today’s health care environment.

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You can find additional detailed information about all the different services and benefits an EMR system has to offer your practice by contacting a representative right now at 1.888.344.9836 or sales@e-mds.com, or visiting them online at www.e-mds.com.

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