Medicare Costs And Electronic Medical Records

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are a big deal these days, as hospitals and private practices are starting to integrate the new processes into their daily business, prompted by the federal government in an attempt to increase efficiency and cut costs. Except that does not seem to be happening, at least on the cost side:

Over all, hospitals that received government incentives to adopt electronic records showed a 47 percent rise in Medicare payments at higher levels from 2006 to 2010, the latest year for which data are available, compared with a 32 percent rise in hospitals that have not received any government incentives, according to the analysis by The [New York] Times.

The NY Times article below makes some pretty sweeping and unsettling charges, at a time when Medicare already seems particularly vulnerable

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