Taking the EHR penalty: More doc offices may opt out
Despite the federal government giving extra time to healthcare providers to stay at the next stage of electronic health record meaningful use, health information technology leaders worry the number of physician offices opting to bag the whole program will continue to grow.
The concern comes from two fronts: cost and clinical. The penalties for failing to meet Stage 2 of the meaningful-use requirements that were attached to taking federal incentive payments for adopting EHRs are minimal. Moreover, most of the incentive payment money was linked to achieving Stage 1 meaningful use, which, for a majority of providers, is already in the rearview mirror. There’s not much financial upside from continuing to participate in the program.
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