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Meaningful Use Penalties off the Radar for Some Physicians

October 14, 2010

A new survey recently showed that many physicians are unaware of the financial penalties they will face if they do not demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHRs by January 2015.

Out of 500 physicians, 85% were aware of the incentive payment and 35% of those 500 were unaware of the penalties. Sixty-five percent of those who had been unaware said the penalties would not compel them to adopt an EHR system.*

There are any number of reasons why these physicians don’t plan to install an EHR. Cost was named the major concern for not going with an EHR, followed closely by staff training time. What all these physicians and others across the country have in common is that they have options if they want to take advantage of the Federal incentive money.

For those who don’t want to go 100% paperless, there’s low-cost, user-friendly Rcopia-MU from DrFirst which can meet all 15 Meaningful Use requirements and 5 Menu items, qualifying physicians to receive up to $30,000 in the first two years.

Practices ready to implement a paperless EHR system can look to DrFirst, too. Over 120 DrFirst partners are ready to provide a smooth transition of your patient data.

Something to think about before you completely cross off meeting meaningful use requirements from your to-do list!

*Source: Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers

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Irene Froehlich

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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