Surveys indicate that, while large numbers of physicians are familiar with the basic tenets of the federal incentive program, many do not know the details, including how much money they are eligible to receive, when it will be allocated, how they can qualify, how to meet ARRA's requirements for information exchange, or the cost of implementing an Electronic Health Records. The EHR Stimulus Tour will provide the answers via executive briefings, roundtables, trade show presentations, webcasts, and local meetings bringing physicians together with Alliance experts and medical groups that have already successfully adopted Electronic Health Records.
Signed into law on February 17, 2009, the ARRA provides physicians a maximum of between $44,000 and $64,000 in incentives for adopting and demonstrating "meaningful use" of an Electronic Health Record beginning in fiscal 2011. Recent studies have demonstrated that physicians who use a connected Electronic Health Record believe the technology dramatically improves the practice of medicine. One such survey of 2,758 physicians, published in the June 18, 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that physicians who use a fully functional Electronic Health Record reported the system positively affects the quality of their clinical decisions (82 percent), their ability to avoid medication errors (86 percent), their communication with other providers (97 percent) and patients (72 percent), timely access to medical records (97 percent), and the delivery of long-term and preventive care that meets clinical guidelines (82-85 percent).
Under the ARRA, the Centers for Medicare and Medica
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