Radiologists, Meaningful Use and EHR Incentive Money – Meaningful Use Monday

Posted on December 5, 2011 I Written By

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I recently had someone ask me about radiology and whether they needed to comply with meaningful use and if they qualified for EHR incentive money. Good thing is that I found this Healthcare IT news article that discusses radiology and the EHR incentive money.

Let’s start off with a stat about whether radiologists qualify for the government EHR money.

An estimated 90% of radiologists are eligible for incentive payments from the CMS, according to the American College of Radiology.

I was surprised that the number of radiologists that qualify is so high. So, I guess the simple answer is that yes, almost all radiologists qualify for the EHR stimulus money. Yes, that also means that radiologists will also be subject to the penalties for not being meaningful users of an EHR system.

Although, I guess there has been confusion around whether radiologists qualify for the EHR money. This quote illustrates how widespread this could be:

“Most radiologists seem to believe that they weren’t included in the meaningful use regulations, but the opposite is true,” said Murray Reicher, M.D., DR Systems co-founder and chairman. “The real challenge is meeting the requirements in time to get the largest bonuses — and just as important, to avoid future penalties.”

With that out of the way, the next question is how hard it is for radiologists to meet the meaningful use requirements. I’d love to hear from some radiologists who have either been through the meaningful use stage 1 attestation process or who have looked through the requirements and can point out the meaningful use measures that will be hard for radiologists to achieve. I’m sure there are a number of them that they won’t need to show.

Either way, it’s worth noting that radiologists do qualify for the EHR stimulus money and also could be subject to the future EHR penalties. I wonder how many EHR software vendors work with radiologists.