Meaningful use regulations mandate the installation of EHR software

Meaningful use regulations expect chiropractors to use electronic health records software.

Meaningful use regulations expect chiropractors to use electronic health records software.

Important changes have taken place with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' meaningful use regulations. For instance, stage 2 meaningful use requirements in regards to EHR software will be delayed by one year, as stated by Chiropractor Economics.

By pushing the deadline back, chiropractic doctors will have a stronger chance to implement all electronic medical records (EMR) requirements. While stage 2 will go into effect on January 1, 2014, stage 1 meaningful use requirements are currently in effect.

Doctors should be aware that 2012 is the final year for physicians to qualify for the maximum $44,000 incentive by demonstrating the meaningful use of EHR software. That incentive will decline to $39,000 after October 3.

Other small changes affecting chiropractors include increasing the requirements for core measures from 15 to 17 and changing a regulation on e-prescribing. Along with this, the ICD-10 requirement has also been delayed past the year 2013. The new date has not been set as of yet.

According to Dynamic Chiropractic, a chiropractor in today's healthcare field needs to invest in the latest electronic health records software. Due to the intricacies of health insurance plans and the government mandates, appropriate chiropractic management software has become a necessity. When choosing the appropriate software for your chiropractic medical practice, it is vital to pick one known for easing chiropractic workflow.

The column in Dynamic Chiropractic goes on to further emphasize the importance of customer service when choosing EHR software. Often, a doctor will need immediate assistance if the product is not working correctly. Immediate service will diminish any costs to the chiropractic medical practice and patients. Choosing a product that includes record maintenance will prove vital to any chiropractor.

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