Mandating electronic medical records

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The HITECH act provides for different levels of compensation based on the percentage of Medicare patients served, the facility designation, and the timeliness of implementation.

Providers can instead opt to be compensated based on their Medicaid population through funds given to each state.

Planning ahead The bad news is ASCs will be federally mandated to implement EHRs.

The good news is EHRs can bring benefits to our business processes, our patients, and our owners.

These penalties are scheduled to increase each year until CMS certification is jeopardized.