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EHRs and Intent to Apply for MU Incentives Among Physician Practices

December 5, 2011

Data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• In 2011, 57 percent of physicians in an office setting use electronic medical record/electronic health record (EMR/EHR) systems, with use by state ranging from 40 percent in Louisiana to 84 percent in North Dakota.
• About one-third of physicians (34 percent) reported having a system that met the criteria of a basic system, ranging by state from 16 percent in New Jersey to 61 percent in Minnesota.
• In 2011, 52 percent of physicians reported intending to apply for meaningful use (MU) incentives, up from 41 percent in 2010.
• In 2010, 43 percent of physicians planning to apply for meaningful use incentives had computerized systems that would allow them to meet eight Stage 1 Core Set objectives, with percentages by state ranging from 26 percent in Texas to 70 percent in Wisconsin.

The 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act authorized incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid to increase physician adoption of EHRs.

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