Ten Reasons Why (Some) Physicians Aren’t Rushing to Adopt EMRs
- Everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop on Medicare payments.
- Private practices may not have the in-house expertise to implement an EMR and may not be able to afford a consultant (although some states are receiving grants to help practices – check your state’s grant here.)
- There is a lot of confusion on the parts of Meaningful Use that have been clarified and of course, on those that haven’t.
- Administrators are distracted by RAC, PECOS, HIPAA , PQRI, eRx and RCM.
- Some practices have spent years avoiding Medicare and Medicaid patients and now don’t have the patient numbers to participate.
- Everyone and their uncle is selling an EMR – who can tell the long-timers who are about to be bought from the short-timers who might last forever?
- Physicians are worried about the drop in production that (some say) happens when a practice launches an EMR.
- There seems to be as many horror stories as there are success stories with EMRs.
- Practices that are affiliated with a hospital are nervous about tying themselves to the hospital in such a serious way as hopping on their EMR package.
- Because two practices can have absolutely opposite experiences with the same EMR, no one can find consistent recommendations for any single product. (It’s not the product, it’s the implementation!)
- Bonus Reason: lots of people are confused about how to qualify for the ARRA money (read my post about this here.)
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