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Allscripts Applauds Economic Stimulus Incentives Rewarding Physicians for Using Electronic Health Records
Date:2/17/2009

CHICAGO, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In letters sent today to President Obama and members of the United States Congress, Allscripts congratulated the President and the leadership of Congress on the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which for the first time provides financial incentives to physicians who adopt and use Electronic Health Record technology (EHR) to improve both the quality and cost- effectiveness of patient care. Studies demonstrate that effective use of Electronic Health Records reduces medical errors, improves clinical quality and leads to better patient outcomes by enabling real-time access to patient records, medical information and best practices, and electronic connectivity to all healthcare stakeholders, including patients.

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In addition to its other components focused on economic stimulus, the law provides $20 billion in health information technology funding. The total includes $2 billion in discretionary funds and $18 billion for investments and incentives through Medicare and Medicaid to ensure widespread adoption and use of interoperable healthcare IT systems such as the Electronic Health Record. Physicians who have not adopted certified Electronic Health Record systems by 2014 will have their Medicare reimbursements reduced by up to 3 percent beginning in 2015.

With the stimulus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will pay physicians between $44,000 and $64,000 over five years, beginning in 2011, for deploying and using a certified Electronic Health Record to care for patients. The stimulus package is expected to ignite significant job growth in the information technology sector and, according to a Congressional Budget Office review of the legislation's impact, drive
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