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Pay-for-Purchase Incentive Programs

Posted Feb 19 2009 5:12pm

I have to say that since my first TPRA Conference I' ve been impressed by Allscripts and their approach to bringing EHRs  to physician offices. 

They just released results from an online survey of physicians that concludes that U.S. physician groups are eager to accept a proposed multi-billion dollar package of government loans, grants and incentives designed to promote broader adoption of information technologies such as the Electronic Health Record (EHR). 

This is good news because there is now an option to physicians footing the whole bill or getting one donated from a hospital in order implement an electronic health record.  It partly addresses the thorn of payors helping pick up the tab (since they are likely to realize significant cost savings) because the federal government is a payor.  It also sets the stage for private payors to follow an offer their own incentive programs because they usually keep in step with Medicare.  So lets stay tuned and see how this all turns out!

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