Often, the question is asked about where EHR adoption and use will go from here. The question is especially salient for small and rural hospitals, and eligible professionals in those areas. Now that the EHR meaningful use carrot from CMS has or is expiring, what does this new reality say about the future?
My first suggestion is to remember the penalties on Medicare reimbursement for not having EHRs in place. Many have run the numbers and concluded that continued implementation, advancement and utilizations of EHRs will cost more than the penalties, and therefore retreating from the process is a wise business decision.
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