Regarding the Docs to see 1.1% pay bump from Medicare in 09:
The payment boost represents almost a 12% spread from what was originally planned (i.e., the 10% cut), which should be welcome relief. A percent increase in a fee-for-service rule will mean more to those with high-volume practices. At any rate, the idea of using incentives to encourage use of e-prescribing and the adoption of electronic health records is certainly one way to increase the use of more effective and efficient technology into the healthcare arena. What is lacking is coordination and direction in the development of EHR standards, protocols and definitions. I applaud the government for recognizing the need to introduce the technology, but we also need to push for a higher degree of coordination and uniformity. Creativity is a wonderful thing; we need to eventually agree that there are some lowest common denominators or absolutes, devoid of subjectivity, that we should all be willing to adopt.
Eli SantiagoVice president of operationsHuman ArcCleveland
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