Save money: EHR use can have bottom-line benefits for your practice by allowing you to see patients more efficiently, reduce billing and coding errors that result in insurance claim denials or resubmissions, and decrease the time spent dictating or writing notes.

Eligible professionals who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use are now subject to a payment adjustment. The payment reduction starts at 1% and increases each year that an eligible professional does not demonstrate meaningful use, to a maximum of 5%.

Work smarter: EHRs incorporate features that make your job easier, including drug interaction checkers, preventive care reminders, e-prescribing and clinical decision support (i.e., practice guidelines, standing orders, etc.). By making smart changes to workflow as part of the EHR implementation process, you also will have more time to practice medicine.

Add value: Patients are becoming more familiar with the benefits of EHR use, and like the convenience of the online scheduling and prescription refill requests that EHR patient portals provide. They also like the idea that EHRs put all of their health care providers literally “on the same page” to improve communication, avoid unnecessary tests and better coordinate care.

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