Leavitt Promotes Electronic Health Records Usage
Secretary Leavitt is announcing12 sites that will participate in a Medicare demonstration project offering incentives to physicians for using electronic health records (EHR) to improve patient care.
Once the project is fully underway, as many as 1,200 small- and medium-sized primary care physician practices across the nation will receive Medicare incentive payments in exchange for adopting certified EHRs. This effort will help reduce errors and improve health outcomes for an estimated 3.6 million Americans.
The adoption of interoperable health information technology is one of the Secretary's four cornerstones of value-driven health care. The other cornerstones are:
- Measure and publish quality information so that consumers can make better-informed decisions about their health care providers and treatment options.
- Measure and publish price information about health care procedures; and
- Promote quality and efficiency of care by rewarding those who provide, pay for and consume high-quality, competitive-priced health care.