EHR adoption rates climbing
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The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report in June examining the use of electronic health record (EHR) technology among physicians who provide evaluation and management (E/M) services. The report shows an increasing utilization of EHR among physicians as electronic record keeping increasingly becomes the norm. The OIG found that 57 percent of Medicare physicians used an EHR at their primary practice location in 2011. The report also shows that a significant percentage of EHR-using physicians have come to the practice recently.

“Overall, 95 percent of physicians who used an EHR system to document E/M services first began using it between 2001 and 2011,” the report said. “Of these physicians, the largest percentage (22 percent) began using EHR systems in 2011, the year that CMS commenced its incentive program.”

Physicians have until Oct. 1, 2012 to begin implementation of EHR under Medicare’s meaningful use program in order to earn the full $44,000 incentive. To learn more, visit www.aad.org/hitkit.

The chart below shows what year EHR-using physicians in the OIG’s survey first employed EHR to document E/M services.