As of June, participation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Meaningful Use program is continuing to grow.
As of June, participation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Meaningful Use program is continuing to grow, according to a report by Fierce EMR.
The program, which governs how electronic medical record (EMR) systems like Medisoft Clinical are used, seeks to promote their adoption as a means of cutting health care costs and improving quality.
The news source reported that 3,661 Medicare eligible professionals, 2,240 Medicaid eligible professionals and 52 hospitals registered for the program, bringing the total number of participating providers to 405,437.
Additionally, $15.5 billion has been spent on the program since 2011, in the form of payments to 309,802 providers. In order to qualify for these incentives, care providers must demonstrate that they make "meaningful use" of EMR systems like Medisoft Clinical.
The program is currently in stage one, and focused on data capturing and sharing. Beginning in September 2014, the program will move to stage two, putting a greater focus on patient-controlled data, among other criteria.
Reports similar to the one covered by Fierce EMR have also found an increase in providers adopting EMRs. For example, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's annual report determined that the federal government's "unprecedented" level of support for EMR adoption has led more practices to consider their use.
It also noted that practices have begun to use technology "in a way that improves quality and efficiency of care."
EMR systems like Medisoft Clinical allow care providers to keep accurate, accessible records on all of their patients. This will allow doctors to avoid medical errors and duplication of care, which are both costly.