Thursday, August 12, 2010

Personal Electronic Health Records Help Lower Cost of Health Care


Patient Name Date Email

Mailing Address

Current Complaints

Insurance Information

Billing Address

Don't you get tired of filling out the same forms for every new doctor you visit? Me, too.

For years, health policy leaders of both parties have urged adoption of electronic health records throughout our health care system in order to improve quality of care and lower costs.

Eligible health care professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Mediaid incentive payments when they adopt electronic health records and use them to achieve specified objectives.

In order to qualify for the payments, professionals and hospitals must meet the 25 or so requirements and comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that strengthen and expands privacy, security and enforcement protections.

1 comment:

Diane J Standiford said...

For the last 5 years my doctors have been promising this--"next time," I hope they get it together. Ridiculous that in one building, all same computer network, and in SEATTLE, they can't pull it together. It should be across USA, my DNR (if I had one) would be wherever I was--now it is hit or miss.