Most Florida doctors caring for Medicaid patients would be interested in applying for federal electronic health-record incentives, according to a study published in this month's issue of Health Affairs.
Study finds wide interest in EHR incentives
More than 60% would be interested in the incentives payments, according to research presented by Dr. Nir Menachemi, associate professor in the department of healthcare organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Of those already using EHR, 86% replied that they would apply for incentives.
The Health IT Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 established the federal meaningful-use criteria, which cited improved healthcare quality and better organization. However, doctors are slow to move toward those standards. The study showed 69% of physicians worried about the cost of adoption, while 42% needed more information about the incentives and another 42% are confused on which EHR system to buy.
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