AOAMI Joins AmericanEHR Partners
AOAMI is expanding the EHR guidance offered to its members in partnership with several other medical societies and would like to invite all AOA/AOAMI members to enjoy these benefits as well. More physicians will be sharing experiences on more EHR systems at AmericanEHR Partners. Join the premier EHR community for physicians at www.americanehr.com.
This free, online community will enable you to:
- Quickly access your practice's readiness to implement an EHR system with our exclusive EHR Readiness Tool that only takes 10 minutes to complete!
- Learn how to become a "Meaningful User" of an EHR system, positioning your practice to take advantage of federal stimulus funding to increase your payment potential.
- View physician user ratings and compare side-by-side information on EHR systems to find which best suits your practice needs.
- Educate yourself and your practice team on EHR systems, health IT news, and more with our extensive resources including FAQs, podcasts, e-prescribing primer, and more.
AmericanEHR Partners provides detailed information on EHR products; it does NOT endorse any specific product or company. Participation is open to all EHR Vendors with a current nationally recognized certification, which includes CCHIT and ARRA certified products.
CMS Offers EHR Incentive Info
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides the most up-to-date information about EHR Incentive Programs on their website that includes how to register, who is eligible, meaningful use, training events and more.
CMS Adopts AOAMI and AOA's HITECH EHR Recommendations
On Tuesday, July 13, 2010, Secretary Sebelius announced the release of the final rules on Meaningful Use criteria that determine eligibility for the HITECH EMR incentives program for physicians and hospitals. While the proposed rules from January originally required physicians to meet 25 requirements (23 for hospitals) in their use of EHRs, the final rules divides the requirements into a "core" group of 15 requirements that must be met, plus an additional "menu" of 10 procedures from which providers must choose 5. This "two track" approach ensures that the most basic elements of meaningful EHR use will be met by all providers qualifying for incentive payments, while at the same time allowing latitude in other areas to reflect providers' needs and their individual path to full EHR use.
"CMS received more than 2,000 comments on our proposed rule," said Marilyn Tavenner, Principal Deputy Administrator of CMS. "Many comments were from those who will be most immediately affected by EHR technology ? health care providers and patients. We carefully considered every comment and the final meaningful use rules incorporate changes that are designed to make the requirements achievable while meeting the goals of the HITECH Act." We are pleased to report that many of the changes suggested by the AOAMI and AOA were considered, addressed, and indeed adopted. Download the tables outlining the final meaningful use criteria (PDF).
Government Agency Offers Health IT Resources and Funding
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has an online resource center that physicians can use to research current projects, find funding opportunities, and download toolkits for evaluating and implementing health IT in their practices. They also provide a list of links that physicians can use to find funding from additional federal agencies and private foundations.
Embracing new technology
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