Understanding Medicare Incentive Programs: e-Prescribing & PQRI

Session Type: ACR Practice Issues
Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
W190a (McCormick Place West)
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Session Overview:
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law and, through a portion called the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act changed the health information technology environment as we had known it.


The HITECH Act establishes federal leadership to advance the use of health information technology to save lives and reduce costs through programs addressing funding for the technical infrastructure and adoption of health information technology (including both acquisitions of systems as well as appropriate training for effective utilization) and addresses key policy areas regarding the privacy and security of personal health information.

It supports these programs through the investment of $36 billion into the health information technology infrastructures along with allotments of incentives to encourage the adoption and implementation of electronic health records and the active exchange of health information for the purposes of patient centric care as well as public health initiatives.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • identify the eligibility requirements for the incentive programs
  • review and evaluate how much are the incentives and how they are calculated
  • discuss the specific dates and qualifying entities for each incentive program

Moderator: Charles M. King II, MD, Internal Medicine Associates
9:30 AM
Salahuddin Kazi, Dallas VA Medical Center, Dallas, TX
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