Forty-one percent of physicians plan to seek federal incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health-record systems, according to a National Center for Health Statistics survey.
Four in 10 docs plan to seek EHR money: HHS
HHS cited the survey, which was conducted between April and July 2010, in a news release issued in advance of a briefing by Dr. David Blumenthal, head of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, on EHR use. The survey also noted that not quite one-third (32.4%) of office-based physicians reported that they planned to seek EHR reimbursements during the Stage 1 period of meaningful use, which began Jan. 1 for physicians and other "eligible providers" and will run through 2012.
Fourteen percent of doctors indicated that they did not plan to apply for EHR incentive payments, which were authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in an effort to spur providers' adoption of health IT.
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