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 Relaxed Final Rule criteria- enough to prompt action?
The Final Rule for Meaningful Use relaxed many of the criteria for achieving MU in 2011 and 2012. From the viewpoint of solo physicians and small practices, will the difference be enough to persuade them to make the transition? If not, why?



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ASKED: July 15, 2010  1:57 PM
UPDATED: July 16, 2010  5:22 pm

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The final rule makes it easier to achieve meaningful use in 2011. That implies that the incentive payments have become somewhat more certain. To the extent that practices have been holding back because of the risk of spending a lot of money but failing to qualify for the incentive payment, the changes spur adoption. The final rule has reduced the financial risk. However, the operational risk remains, especially for the small practices. The perception remains that, for many physicians, an EHR will reduce the overall productivity of the practice in terms of the number of patient visits per day. Until this is addressed, whether by better technology or changes in the payment plan or some other way, I expect adoption will continue to go slowly.
Last Wiki Answer Submitted:  July 16, 2010  5:22 pm  by  Cio67   385 pts.
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