Electronic health records (EHRs) have been identified as an important step in improving patient safety and quality care outcomes. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 provides incentives to Medicare or Medicaid eligible physicians for EHR adoption. This study examined ambulatory care EHR adoption as it relates to a physician's Medicare or Medicaid payer mix. Using the 2009 National Ambulatory Care Survey, this study hypothesized that physicians with high-level Medicare or Medicaid payer mix would have higher levels of EHR adoption or planned EHR adoption than physicians with a low-level payer mix. Using a Chi Square test of independence for each Hypothesis, this study found no support for these hypotheses, possibly due to several study limitations. With billions of dollars in incentive money being allocated for EHR adoption, it is essential to verify that these incentives are having a directed impact.
|Commitee:||Frates, Janice, Nguyen, Hannah-Hanh, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
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