HHS secretary pitches pilot program

Philadelphia Business Journal
http://philadelphia.bizjournals.com

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt is encouraging Philadelphia-area doctors to join together and apply for a new Medicare demonstration project that provides incentive payments for physicians’ use of certified electronic health records to improve patient care.

The project, which will be open to small and midsize primary-care physician practices, is expected to reduce medical errors and improve the quality of care for an estimated 3.6 million Americans. 

“Communities like Philadelphia have a tremendous opportunity to help transform health-care delivery starting at the local level,” said Leavitt, in Philadelphia for a meeting at Thomas Jefferson University Wednesday. “Broad adoption of interoperable electronic health records has the potential not only to improve the quality of care provided, but also to change the way medicine is practiced and delivered. By implementing this demonstration project in a dozen health markets across the country, we’ll help move this nation toward a system that delivers better quality health care at lower cost for more Americans.”

Under the five-year demonstration project, financial incentives will be provided to as many as 1,200 primary-care physician practices that use certified electronic health records to improve quality as measured by their performance on specific clinical quality measures.

In addition to the incentive payments, bonus payments may be awarded based on a standardized survey measuring the number of electronic medical record functionalities a physician practice has incorporated.

Total payments under the demonstration may be up to $58,000 per physician or $290,000 per practice.

see original

You may also like

Legislative panel approves medical malpractice bill
Read more
Urgent-care centers: Illinois numbers grow as time-pressed families seek low-cost option to ERs
Read more
Global Center for Medical Innovation launches
Read more

Recent Posts

New Survey Indicates Independent Medical Practices Fared Better Than Expected During COVID-19 Pandemic

Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Noneconomic Damage Cap for Medical Liability Verdicts

Group Health Insurance

Popular Posts

PIAA 2017: Current Trends & Future Concerns

Oregon Supreme Court Strikes Down Noneconomic Damage Cap

New Report: Best and Worst States for Doctors

Start Your Custom Quote Process™

Request a free quote