Ga. doctors collect $143 million to switch records

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 11:22 AM
Last updated 6:11 PM
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More than 2,000 Georgia physicians collected $143 million in federal payments to help them switch to electronic medical records, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced Tuesday.

The payments were an inducement included in the federal health reform law. The goal is to reduce expenses borne by taxpayers in the Medicare and Medicaid programs for duplicate tests by facilitating the sharing of information between care providers.

“The Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs have really helped jump-start the use of electronic health records by health care providers all across the country,” said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health information technology.

Nationally, more than $5.7 billion in payments under the program have gone to hospitals, doctors and nurses. Nearly half, 48 percent, of eligible hospitals have gotten money for implementing or upgrading computerized files.

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cheapster505 06/19/12 - 12:54 pm
healthcare records

now that the TAXPAYERS have paid wonder how much HosptialsDoctors and nurses will charge patients to READ those computerized records we know they will BILL and yet NO tax dollars for me to upgrade MY records to computer just the cost of doing biz
thank you very much I have to go to my DR this afternoon bet he walks in with paper records not an IPAD

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 06/19/12 - 04:02 pm
Internet-based medical records...

offer the promise of reducing duplication, wasted time and health care costs.

Will entrenched "health care" interests hide behind the bogus claim of intellectual property to hang onto medical info and maintain higher-than-need-be health care fees?

Girlspice 06/19/12 - 06:58 pm
Electronic Medical Records; OCR HIPAA_HITECH Compliant

This is an awesome opportunity for physicians to be more effective in their area of practice as well as patients if implemented correctly. A patients' right for privacy should not be comprised under any circumstances in order to have the flexibility of using digital records. One of the best custom models I had the pleasure of viewing was from Body Bill Networks; total protection without compromising my patient rights or security. I hope doctors consider their options carefully before they sign-up or sign on to an insufficient digital program.

southiegal 06/20/12 - 06:08 am
Most of visit to Dr. spent

Most of visit to Dr. spent looking at doc or nurses back while they try pulling up my records on computer. Then they ask why BP so high...I wonder...won't give u script have to fax or call but day or 2 & pharmacy still hasn't received...cb office again....Electronic is easier & more sufficient. Don't think so!!!!!!!!!!!

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