Friday, July 27, 2012

California Physician Adoption of EHRs

A recent report by the California HealthCare Foundation, showed that 71% of physicians responding have an EHR in their main practice location.   That's great news, right?  Now for the bad news--only 30% of those physicians can meet 12 Stage 1 Meaningful Use objectives.

The study found that only 37% of the physicians plan to apply for either the Medi-Cal or Medicare incentives.

While the physicians may not meet the requirements (or choose to apply) to receive the $44,000 in incentive money, most physicians are happy with their EHRs --35% of respondents said they were very satisified with their EHR, 38% were somewhat satisfied.  The study found a link between the functionality available in the EHR and physician satisfaction.

The study provides recommendations for outreach to physicians by DHCS to help physicians meet the requirements for the Medi-Cal incentives.

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