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May 2009
Vol. 19 No. 5
Practice Management
IDSA Urges CMS to Include ID Physicians in Electronic Records Incentive Program

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) IDSA urged that ID physicians should be eligible for incentive payments for switching to Electronic Health Records (EHR). The recently passed federal economic stimulus law states that “hospital-based eligible professionals” should not be eligible for such incentives, but CMS must determine what that means. IDSA urges CMS to adopt an inclusive definition of "eligible professionals" that would include ID physicians who, despite providing a large proportion of inpatient services, also have office-based practices where critical and cost-effective outpatient services are provided to patients with serious infections.

The American Medical Association (AMA) is offering free webinars to help physicians understand the health information technology (HIT) provisions laid out in the stimulus legislation. The series will lay out what these provisions mean for physicians and how they can receive up to $44,000 in incentive payments over a five-year period for the implementation and use of EHR.

The webinar series includes:

  • Stimulus 102: Update on the Health Information Technology Provisions
    June 9, 12 p.m. CST
  • Stimulus 103: Real World Perspectives
    July 14, 12 p.m. CST

To register for the webinar, or to view the HIT tools and resources AMA currently has available online, please visit the AMA website at: www.ama-assn.org/go/hit.
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