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11 Steps to Maximize Your EHR Incentive Payments

In a post on Becker’s Hospital Review, Jaimie Oh presents a list of 11 best practices for maximizing healthcare IT incentive payments. And although the audience is specifically administrators of hospitals, if you are a physician or medical practice administrator there is still much you can take home from the following recommendations:

  1. Figure out what incentives you are eligible for – are you going for Medicare alone or Medicaid as well?
  2. Understand the core objectives and the five menu set objectives you need to meet Stage 1 Criteria
  3. Implement EMR in a way that maximizes efficiency
  4. Mix learning and adoption methods – different staff need different levels of training
  5. Form an EMR [steering] committee – this is one of my faves
  6. Elect an IT medical director – or a Physician ‘champion’
  7. Meet with your vendor regularly to ensure the EMR is working optimally
  8. Consider the vendor’s implementation recommendations – although you’re less likely to get this as a medical practice
  9. Reach out to established organizations such as CHIME or HIMSS for resources and education
  10. Strategize your approach to meaningful use going forward
  11. Wait another year to apply, if need be – actually, since the new rules give you 2011 as a ‘grace’ year, it makes more sense to wait until 2012 to make sure your ducks are all in a row

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