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Oct 30 2011   9:38PM GMT

New proposed bill to help increase adoption of EHR by reducing the legal burdens on physicians

Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR liability, Electronic health records, HR 3239

 In October 2011, US Rep.Thomas Marino introduced legislation that will offer limited legal protection to eligible physicians who use EHRs for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

HR 3239, the bill in question, would create a system in which physicians can report errors that were caused when using an EHR. This is also intended to provide new incentives for physicians who are dissatisfied with the current reimbursements of MCR/MCD.

“Many providers are reluctant to use electronic records because they believe the practice will make them more vulnerable to unnecessary legal action,” Marino said. “Every time a doctor or hospital chooses not to participate because of these fears, our seniors lose another provider. This protects access for seniors in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

Lawsuits and legal matters do pose a major concern physicians, and in the case of using an EHR’s there are far more positives than negatives. The bill proposed does not require financial commitment from the federal government or local states.

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