Medicare and private payers are increasingly developing programs to reward physicians based on clinical benchmarks. As more payers embrace this approach, practices are looking to technology to help them manage complex reporting requirements. Below are some key pointers that rheumatology practices should use when considering an EHR system:
- EHRs can help practices participate in pay-for-performance (P4P) programs by tracking metrics and providing reports and reminders.
- However, EHRs can be limiting, because not all systems can be configured for the complex P4P reporting requirements.
- Clinical decision support systems working alongside registries—ideally fed by EHR data—tend to be more tailored to performance and quality metrics.
- Vendors are beginning to develop systems geared toward quality measurement reporting and P4P. Providers should inquire about this before purchasing an EHR to get the most bang for their buck.
If you would like additional information on, or need assistance with, P4P and EHRs, contact Itara Barnes at [email protected] or (404) 633-3777, ext. 819.