Critical access hospitals and small rural providers are finding it difficult to meet Meaningful Use requirements, due in part to limited resources and support from electronic health records vendors.
According to Shannon Sorenson, CEO of Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Neb., theEHR Incentive Program should be closingnot wideningthe digital divide between rural and urban providers but data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicates that CAHs in particular are facing an uphill battle with a lower Meaningful Use achievement rate compared to non-CAH hospitals.
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