- Because it is very costly.
- Because most of the systems out there did not stimulate, really, the patient flow and the patient exchange that physicians have been accustomed to.
With the Medicare mandate, that physicians, if a medical office is participating in Medicare, then they must have Electronic Medical Records. This has been in the process for the last five years. With that said, because there has been an inducement to reward physicians who adopt an EMR system, the caveat is that an Electronic Medical Record must be able to satisfy meaningful use. Meaningful use has a number of criteria that you have to have within that medical record, that EMR, in order for it to be eligible for a payment from Medicare.
That has been going on now for four years, the first reimbursements began in 2012. And first applications happened in 2011, with 2012 being the first year of payment, 2013-2014 we’re coming to the end of that cycle for meaningful use now. What happens is if you do not have an EMR system, Medicare will now reduce your payment by 2%. So most practices that have not adopted an Electronic Medical Record and see Medicare patients will see a 2% reduction beginning in 2017 of their Medicare patients.
If your office is needs assistance in Electronic Medical Records implementation, go to Electronic Health records and submit a request for assistance or call 800-437-0394 and request to talk to Beau Donegan