Study of EHRs Shows Optimization, Meaningful Use Eligibility a Challenge

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A new Medical Group Management Association report suggests although a majority of medical practices have adopted an electronic health record in preparation for meaningful use incentive payments, only a small portion are ready to meet the required 15 core criteria, according to an MGMA news release.

Additionally, although interest in qualifying for meaningful use incentive was high among practices using paper medical records, more than 78 percent feared there would be a "significant" to "very significant" loss of provider productivity during implementation, and 67.4 percent had similar concerns about the loss of physician productivity after EHR implementation. Practices also cited "insufficient capital resources to invest in an EHR" (71.7 percent) and "insufficient expected return on investment" (56.9 percent) as major barrier to adoption and optimization.

Survey results showed practice ownership influenced EHR implementation and optimization. Interestingly, independent medical practices were more likely to have a fully implemented and optimized EHRs than practices owned by hospital systems.

Read the news release about EHR adoption and optimization challenges.

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