Nitin Chhoda Discusses the HITECH Act and Its Role to the Implementation of Physical Therapy EMR

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The HITECH or Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act assists physicians in coping with the integration of the physical therapy EMR by providing financial help. Marketing expert, Nitin Chhoda, shares in his latest post, the role of HITECH Act to practices especially to those that are initially integrating the EMR system.

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Physical therapy clinic owners that can exhibit meaningful use of the EMR system and is certified are qualified for the HITECH funding. However, many are not even aware that the funding is available.

The implementation of EMR for physical therapy service is considered as a costly endeavor, but there is an assistance provided to cover up the cost through the ARRA Act of 2009. It involves the allocation of federal funds to help out with the transition process to the EMR system. The aspect that tackles the fiscal help is under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).

In most cases, EMR typically costs around $45,000 or more. It is a large amount that can take up a substantial budget, particularly in small scale practices. With HITECH Act, physical therapy clinics can apply for financial assistance. The integration of the EMR system entails the training of authorized users while grants are provided for several training centers. Physical therapy clinic owners that can exhibit meaningful use of the EMR system and is certified are qualified for the HITECH funding. However, many are not even aware that the funding is available.

Chhoda said that the meaningful use clause and term is basically a three-method system to the incentive program. Primarily, it involves 25 criteria and 15 main requirements. Of the remaining 10, therapists have the option of choosing five requirements to comply with. The second stage is a continuation of the first one that includes the exchange of health information electronically, increase demands for electronic transactions and online accessibility on health data for the patients. The last part will be activated in 2016. These requirements are needed so that a particular physical therapy management can receive the needed funding.

With the availability of federal funding through the HITECH Act, it helps physical therapy clinic owners in buying and eventually implementing the physical therapy EMR. There are deadlines to the funding, thus, it is essential that the clinic owners should start evaluating their available options right away.

Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at http://www.emrnews.com.

About Nitin Chhoda

Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an entrepreneur. He is the author of "Physical Therapy Marketing For The New Economy" and “Marketing for Physical Therapy Clinics” and is a prolific speaker, writer and creator of products and systems to streamline medical billing and coding, electronic medical records, health care practice management and marketing to increase referrals. He has been featured in numerous industry magazines, major radio and broadcast media, and is the founder of Referral Ignition training systems and the annual Private Practice Summit. Chhoda speaks extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. He is also the creator of the Therapy Newsletter and Clinical Contact, both web-based services to help private practices improve communication with patients, delivery better quality of care and boost patient retention.

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