As a result of increasing patient referrals, surgeons are in need of tools to keep pace with growing demand. Fifty-two percent of respondents indicated that current case volume has increased over the last year, with 61% anticipating the volume to continue increasing over the next three years. While surgeons are mixed when it comes to the number of inpatient treatments, few expect (2%) the number of outpatient treatments to subside.
In light of the value that surgeons perceive in health IT, they would seem likely candidates for meaningful use incentives. Under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, surgeons are eligible professionals (EPs). Although close to 90% of surgeons responded that health IT is important to their jobs, just 35% acknowledged having sufficient knowledge of meaningful use with 26% believing they are eligible for the programs. On top of this, close to 60% said they weren’t involved in plans to demonstrate Stage 1 Meaningful Use and 20% admitted to having no knowledge of attestation plans whatsoever.
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