Texans Tops in Meaningful Use

Texas has more physicians meeting the federal meaningful use criteria in adopting electronic health records (EHRs) than does any other state, according to an analysis of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation.

The institute said 1,761 Texas physicians had attested to meeting meaningful use criteria in 2011. Ohio was second with 1,653, Illinois third at 1,533, Pennsylvania fourth at 1,450, and Florida fifth at 1387. The full report is available by calling (720) 539-1285 or emailing andrea.thomas@ihealthtran.com.

The meaningful use criteria are among 25 measures mandated by the government. Physicians must meet 20 of them to be eligible for EHR incentives paid by either Medicare or Medicaid. The criteria are designed to meet various goals to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care delivery.

Meanwhile, physicians have until March 30 to appeal denial of payments under the meaningful use program.

For more information on how to file an appeal, call (855) 796-1515 toll free between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday or email OCSQAppeals@provider-resources.com.  


Action, Feb. 1, 2012


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