There are many advantages to using Electronic Health Records when compared to submitting paper claims to insurance payers. Here are a few big ones for private practices to consider:
The federal government is paying private practices to use EHRs.
You can find ongoing updates on this and other programs from the eHealth Interactive Timeline. The next relevant deadline is July 3, 2015. According to CMS, this is the final day “for eligible hospitals (EHs) to begin their 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use for fiscal year (FY) 2015.” For more on Meaningful Use, read here. If you’re still using paper claims, the EHR incentives are something you should seriously consider. Here it is direct from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):