“Amazing Charts allowed me to individualize templates, plans, reminders, and more, to keep everything flowing smoothly and customized to MY needs.”
— Shannon C. Heinrich, DO
Many eligible providers have already started collecting money thanks to the ARRA Stimulus Plan (and the Amazing Charts Meaningful Use Wizard™. This isn't chump change either; it works out to be somewhere around $44,000 to $63,750 for the average clinician.
To get the incentives, you need just three things: (1) be eligible (e.g., take care of patients with Medicare or Medicaid insurance ); (2) use a certified EHR in a "meaningful way." (Amazing Charts V6 is ONC-ATCB certified as a complete EHR¹ by CCHIT.); and (3) understand what "meaningful use" means, and document encounters in a manner that meets these government requirements (again, our integrated Meaningful Use Wizard™ will do the hard work for you).
You may be wondering what crazy hoops you'll be made to jump through, to get this money. We wondered too - and found out. And yes, there are plenty. We have boiled down the confusion and complexities into Meaningful Use 101: Everything You Need To Know To Get Your HITECH Money.
The overall concept of having providers demonstrate meaningful use of their EHR in exchange for taxpayer money sort of makes sense, given that government accountants believe lots of money could be saved if the healthcare system was more efficient, and the easiest way to do this is through technology (which most other industries adopted long ago).
So when the prior recession hit (that's right, the one before the one we are in now), and the government decided it had to stimulate our economy by injecting taxpayer money, they decided a good place to spend some was pushing providers to adopt health IT.
Unfortunately, the legislation was funded in a way that benefits large companies instead of promoting competition to improve software quality and lower overall cost.
Once the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) were signed into law, the "gold rush" was on (as described by one of our competitors²), or as The Onion News reported it: Recession Plagued Nation Demands New Bubble to Invest In.
Whether or not you are in favor of giving taxpayer money to executives to fly around the country in private jets, the stimulus money is starting to flow – and many providers are eligible (and a lot more deserving).
¹Not to be confused with "Modular" certification, which require additional modules to qualify. A full list of ONC-ATCB certified vendors, and their current status as Complete vs Modular is here.
²“I literally rent [an] airplane every Tuesday morning, and I hit five cities by Thursday night, every week. I’m cold calling . . . that’s my life now. It’s like any government fiscal stimulus thing — it’s a gold rush.’’
Jonathan Bush, CEO, Athenahealth Inc. (from Boston Globe 8/5/2010)