This study analyzes the effect of payor mix in the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) among physicians in the United States and whether or not this adoption has been incentivized by the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs. The study predicted that payor mix influenced adoption and that practices with higher percentage of patient care revenue coming from Medicare and Medicaid would present higher levels of adoption. It also predicted that physicians planning to apply for Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs are more likely to adopt this technology. The Statistical Package for Social Services was utilized to analyze the 2010 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data using Chi Square statistics. The results of this study showed a significant relationship between payor mix and EHR adoption and incentive payments and EHR adoption. The findings of this study are valuable for medical practices, EHR vendors, hospitals and government entities to strategize on additional incentives and financial assistance programs that foster meaningful adoption and improve healthcare outcomes.
|Commitee:||Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
|Keywords:||Electronic Health Records, Incentives, Meaningful use, Medicaid, Medicare, Payor mix, Physician revenue|
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