When it comes to using electronic health record (EHR) software, whether in a traditional practice or a multidisciplinary office, it usually comes down to just one question: Is it worth it?
For the vast majority of cases, the answer is Yes.
Why?Great efficiency, lower expense;Increased collections;Improved third-party audit results;
Worth the effort?
Not all software is created equal, so choose your system wisely, accounting not only for what you need in your clinic now but also for how you see your clinic down the road.
For a limited time, the government is prompting you to adopt EHR software in your practice through funds provided by the HITECH Act (part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). You can collect up to $44,000 over the next five years by adopting certified EHR, depending on your Medicare-allowed charges submitted each calendar year.
No doctor should implement EHR software solely for the incentive. But if you’re already considering it, the incentive is icing on the cake.