University Medical Center at Princeton (N.J) will offer subsidized electronic health records software to community physicians, taking advantage of relaxed provisions of the Stark Act.

The subsidized amount for the ambulatory EHR from Reston, Va.-based QuadraMed Corp. has not been finalized but likely will be around 50%, says Nick Thimis, CIO at parent organization Princeton Healthcare Systems. Princeton has 900 affiliated physicians and will start the subsidy program with a pilot of about 50 physicians. Thimis estimates about 20% of all affiliated physicians do not have an EHR.

The forthcoming meaningful use rules, particularly those covering integration and exchange of information between provider organizations, influenced the decision to subsidize the cost of EHR software, Thimis adds.

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