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Eligible professionals are that which have a minimum 30% patient volume or a minimum 20% Medicaid patient volume, and is a pediatrician. Providers which are covered in this payment include

A physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist

A certified registered nurse anesthetist

A certified nurse-midwife

A clinical social worker

A clinical psychologist

A registered dietitian or nutrition professional

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Hundreds of EMR vendors exist with verification from following certification bodies that the EMR systems meet the needs as outlined by the Office of National Coordinator of the Health Information Technology.

Surescripts LLC – Arlington, VA

Date of authorization: December 23, 2010.

Scope of authorization: EHR Modules: E-Prescribing, Privacy and Security.

ICSA Labs – Mechanicsburg, PA

Date of authorization: December 10, 2010.

Scope of authorization: Complete EHR and EHR Modules.

SLI Global Solutions – Denver, CO

Date of authorization: December 10, 2010.

Scope of authorization: Complete EHR and EHR Modules.

InfoGard Laboratories, Inc. How Much Of A Vitamin Supplement Is Absorbed – San Luis Obispo, CA

Date of authorization: September 24, 2010.

Scope of authorization: Complete EHR and EHR Modules.

Certification Commission for Health Information Current Health Policy Issues In The News Technology (CCHIT) – Chicago, IL

Date of authorization: September 3, 2010.

Scope of authorization: Complete EHR and EHR Modules.

Drummond Group, Inc. (DGI) – Austin, TX

Date of authorization: September 3, 2010.

Scope of authorization: Complete EHR and EHR Modules.

Typical success in installing these EMR system require the practice and their vendor address the following.

Have a project manager who heavily involves providers in the process

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Modify workflow…. Carefully

Implement in stages with big wins first like e-prescribing

Adapt to changes before moving forward into next stage

The Office of National Coordinator (ONC) has three stages for EMR implementation and meaningful use.

Stage 1 (which began in 2011 and remains the starting point for all providers): “meaningful use” consists of transferring data to EHRs and being able to share information, including electronic copies and visit summaries for patients.

Stage 2 (to be implemented in 2014 under the proposed rule): “meaningful use” includes standards such as online access for patients to their health information and electronic health information exchange between providers.

Stage 3 (expected to be implemented in 2016): “meaningful use” includes demonstrating that the quality of health care has been improved.

by Mike McElroy, MHA, PMP

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