Many radiologists in private practice may want to take a wait-and-see approach to meaningful use, despite missing out on the federal financial incentives for adopting electronic health records.

An interested crowd attended “Meaningful Use: Experience from Private Radiology Practices,” Tuesday afternoon at RSNA 2013 in Chicago. Moderator J. Raymond Geis, M.D., with Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants, Fort Collins, Colo., said his practice is holding off on EHR adoption until 2019 under the hardship exemption extended to certain types of practices. It will miss out on all the incentive payments, but it won’t have its Medicare payments docked until 2020. Plus, says Geis, it can wait until consolidation of both EHR vendors and the provider industry provide it with more obvious and less risky choices.

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