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Rhode Island REC launches EHR adoption plan for specialists

By Jennifer Bresnick

- The Rhode Island Regional Extension Center (REC) is widening its programs to include help for specialists interested in adopting an EHR system and attesting to meaningful use.  Specialists such as radiologists, cardiologists, podiatrists, dentists, and optometrists often struggle with CMS’ requirements for the EHR Incentive Program, missing out on government reimbursements for EHR use.

“While achieving meaningful use of EHRs can be a challenging endeavor, Rhode Island REC meets providers where they are and uses our health IT expertise to help them realize their EHR goals,” says Jennie Gordon, Director of REC Program Management at the Rhode Island Quality Institute, the organization that runs the regional extension programs.  “These incentive payments recognize RI’s providers and hospitals for using EHR technology in ‘meaningful’ ways that lead to higher quality care, improved patient safety, and better communication between patients and physicians.”

Physicians who take advantage of the 62 RECs around the country have double the chance of succeeding in attesting to meaningful use and receiving up to $44,000 in incentive payments over five years.  The Rhode Island REC has already helped more than 1000 eligible providers achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use, generating more than $3 million of incentive payments for the state’s healthcare providers.

For more information and to enroll in the REC’s programs, visit their website here.

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