The concept of incentive payments for meaningful use of electronic health records has been around for nearly two years, but it wasn't until the final rule was issued in July that most radiologists became eligible for the program.

Consequently, "The concept of meaningful use and obtaining incentive payments is not something most radiologists are aware of," says David Avrin, M.D., vice chair of informatics and a professor of clinical radiology in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California at San Francisco. Arvin hopes to educate many of his peers when he co-presents a session at RSNA 2010, Nov. 28-Dec. 3 in Chicago.

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