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Greenway Medical Technologies Expands Support for Physician Quality Reporting Initiative and Pay for Performance Programs
Date:3/31/2008

or Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are establishing incentive programs in 12 communities across the nation that reward EHR adoption. These incentives will be made available to as many as 1,200 small- and medium-size practices during a five year period with total payments ranging between $58,000 and $290,000 per practice.

States such as Michigan, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have all created incentives to encourage e-prescribing while several other states have set the framework to implement widespread e-prescribing adoption within the coming years. Tennessee recently began offering grant dollars to practices that incorporate e-prescribing into their workflow. Financial incentives range from up to $3,500 per physician and $6,000 for practices that enroll in this initiative.

"It's about improving patient care and office workflow through connectivity and interoperability," said Dr. Peter N. Kaufman, chief medical officer at DrFirst, the leading provider of standalone e-prescribing services nationwide. "E-prescribing helps facilitate true connectivity between physicians, payers, pharmacies and other disparate systems, resulting in a more streamlined and efficient system."

As the number of quality improvement measures such as PQRI and P4P increase, Greenway continues to incorporate these measures into its solutions, ensuring that physicians can easily code and capture charges and receive the financial benefits associated with them.

"With the use of PrimeSuite's inherent PQRI recording abilities, we have been able to precisely and proficiently gather information on charges directly linked to the PQRI measures for our GI specialty. The available reporting allows us to directly measure the potential for return on investment," said Tracey Wieczorek, accounts management supervisor at Midwest Digestive Disease Specialists of Elmhurst, Ill. "The overall transition into this phase of coding has proven to be a straightforward and uncomplicated pr
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