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Rachel Yaffe was featured in "Electronic Medical Records: Incentive Payments," published by RBMA

Electronic Medical Records: Incentive Payments
By: Rachel Yaffe

This year, billions of federal stimulus dollars are expected to flow to the medical community to aid in the implementation of electronic medical records (EMR). As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (or the HITECH Act for short) was enacted to promote the adoption of health information technology. Under the HITECH Act, eligible physicians who use an EMR system in a “meaningful way” can receive up to $44,000 in incentive payments. However, the government has tiered the payments such that early adopters will receive more of an incentive payment than later adopters.

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