- “Customer support is great,
always helpful in a timely manner
- Sheree Barton, Carter Eye Center
- "This is the most customer-oriented management information company we have dealt with."
- Vickie Powell, Regional Eye Associates
- “I tell people I’m spoiled. WINMED is an awesome database”
- Kacie Courville, Family Healthcare Clinic
We are pleased to announce that ONC Meaningful Use Certification Testing for "Complete EHR" in an ambulatory setting was completed by InfoGard Laboratories along with CMS staff on December 28, 2010. This means that current and future customers may utilize the MyWinmed EHR and Winmed Professional Practice Management Platform to prove meaningful use as early as year 2011.
Certification information can be found on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's "Certified Health IT Product List".
With the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, $59 billion was allocated for healthcare with approximately $17.2 billion incentive for EHR/EMR use and $2 billion for grants and loans for health information technology advancement. Many providers are interested in EHR and want to know just how this will benefit them.
Providers can't just simply buy an EHR. The Medicare EHR incentive program will provide incentive payments to eligible professional (EP), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals that are meaningful users of certified EHRs. The Medicaid EHR incentive program will provide initial incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals for efforts to adopt, implement, or upgrade certified EHR technology or for meaningful use in the first year and for meaningful use for up to another five years.
Incentives will start in 2011 and will be paid over five years for a physician who can show "meaningful use" of EHR systems and will also have to be using a "certified EHR". Both terms are still to be defined. Existing EHR users should ensure that they meet the requirements for each incentive program.
Here's how the program works: Non-hospital-based physicians who participate in Medicare or derive 30 percent or more of their business from Medicaid (20 percent for pediatricians) are eligible to receive subsidies. The maximum amounts for which you may be eligible range from Medicare payments of $44,000 to nearly $64,000 from Medicaid over a five-year period. You can apply for either of these programs, but not both, and physicians practicing in underserved areas are eligible for an extra 10 percent from Medicare.
Please see the link below for more information regarding the EHR Incentive Program: