Childs Medical Clinic in Samson, Ala., successfully attested for meaningful use of electronic health records on April 19 and a month later was one of the first practices in the nation to receive an incentive payment from Medicare. Practice administrator Jule Childs has several tips for peer organizations, most importantly, "It's worthwhile."

The one physician, one nurse practitioner clinic spent three months working on collecting the data to attest. Several EHR vendors offer a dashboard application that tracks progress toward meeting meaningful use objectives and Childs found the dashboard with her EHR from Greenway Medical Technologies Inc. to be invaluable. The dashboard, for instance, pinpointed patients seen each day but not added to the numerator for applicable meaningful use measures.

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