EHR Countdown: What’s the meaning of meaningful use?

Starting in 2014, are federal agents really going to raid you in the middle of the night and shut your practice down if you haven’t implemented electronic health records (EHRs)? Or maybe they will just levy immense fines and penalties for EHR noncompliance.

Actually, neither scenario is true. So what is all the fuss about a federal EHR mandate?

Having been involved with the federal EHR meaningful use incentive program from day one as a member of various national advisory committees, I find it interesting that a program that financially rewards practices for using EHRs and reduces some of the Medicare payments to practices for noncompliance has somehow morphed into a dental federal mandate…


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