Essay on Unit 2 Assignment

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MIBC 101
Unit 2 Assignment

1. Explain the difference between the hybrid medical record and the EHR. hybrid record A record in which both electronic and paper media are used. electronic health record (EHR) A secure real-time, point-of-care, patient centric information resource for clinicians allowing access to patient information when and where needed and incorporating evidence-based decision support. (Davis 67-68)

2. List the features of an EHR. Explain how these features are advantageous for health care.
An EHR results from computer-based data collection. Physicians and other clinicians capture data at the point of care, with the ability to retrieve the data later for reporting and use in research or administrative decision
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Through HITECH, which focuses on various aspects of HIT, the federal government allotted a total of $27 billion over 10 years through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to clinicians and hospitals when they use the EHRs that meet certain guidelines, called meaningful use (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2012). When they meet these requirements, physicians who utilize qualified technologies would receive an incentive or payment from the CMS. Payments are significant, from $18,000 in 2011 up to $44,000 for Medicare-assigned providers during the span of the program. Physicians can choose to be reimbursed as Medicaid-participating providers and receive payments up to $65,000 on the basis of state-defined guidelines. Hospital reimbursement for meeting meaningful use criteria can be significant and can provide substantial financial incentives in the millions of dollars.
In spite of the immense benefits of EHRs and the support of the federal government, there was little progress on their adoption except for a few large facilities and some smaller clinics. In order to break the barriers to the adoption of EHRs, President Barack Obama and his legislation provided a distinctive opportunity with the introduction of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also commonly referred to as

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