EMR Stimulus Question and Answer

Posted on June 11, 2010 I Written By

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Question: My EMR claims to have all of the capabilities they will need to demonstrate meaningful use and qualify for ARRA incentives. Does that mean I will get the EMR stimulus money?

First of all, you might want to consider another EMR vendor. If they are saying this, then they are trying to mislead you and make more sales. No EMR vendor can claim that they have “all of the capabilities” for you to show meaningful use and qualify for the EMR stimulus money.

Why can I say this? Because the details for Meaningful Use are still not final. We don’t know what you’re going to have to do to show meaningful use and so how can an EMR vendor claim to have all of the capabilities? Short answer is that they can’t. So, go and read their press release again and see if they’re just telling lies or if there was a disclaimer of some sort (ie. according to the interim final rule).

On to the other point of you getting EMR stimulus money. Certainly your EMR will have to be a certified EHR (that’s still not defined either). Your EMR will also have to have the capabilities to show meaningful use. However, at the end of the day, YOU’re the one that’s going to have to see patients and Use the EMR in a way that all of the meaningful use criteria are met. If you do this to the satisfaction of CMS, then you’ll get the stimulus money.

Certainly you can’t meet meaningful use without the EMR vendor. However, the EMR vendor alone can’t qualify you for meaningful use either. It takes 2 to tango. Just remember that it’s much easier to tango when you have a great partner. A lousy partner makes it no fun for anyone.

Check out previous EMR stimulus Questions and Answers.