Troy-based gloStream, maker of gloEMR, gloPM and gloSuite — the only electronic medical record and practice management software with Microsoft Office built in — announced that its doctor clients have begun receiving federal EHR incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs were established as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. Under the programs, eligible Medicare and Medicaid providers can receive up to $44,000 and $64,000, respectively, if they attest to “Meaningful Use” of a certified EMR or EHR system. “Meaningful Use” measures have been defined by CMS and include, amongst others: using an EMR to send prescriptions electronically, recording smoking status, providing patients with educational materials, maintaining active medication lists, and recording patient demographic information.

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“GloEMR from gloStream is so flexible that the software could easily adapt to the changing workflows we put into place to comply with Meaningful Use criteria,” said Dr. Steven Bauer, an internist in San Antonio, Texas. “We also found gloStream’s Meaningful Use dashboard to be a tremendously valuable resource. Thanks to this tool the CMS attestation process was easy and we received our Stimulus incentive funding quickly.”

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released data showing that 41 percent of all office-based physicians intend to take advantage of federal EHR incentive payments. In addition, according to a survey from the Medical Group Management Association, 80 percent of medical practices that have already adopted an EHR say they intend to participate in the federal EHR incentive program.

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“After several years of scrutinizing the industry’s best EMR options for our growing practice, the Entech IT group introduced us to the gloStream software system and their success guarantee,” said Dr. Scott Adelman, an expert in spine care and sports medicine and founder of The Smart Clinic in Sandy, Utah. “The federal EHR incentive program motivated our practice to choose a system committed to meeting the tracking requirements for achieving Meaningful Use criteria, and gloStream presented the exact opportunity we had been searching for all along. With gloStream’s solutions and their partner’s outstanding support, we successfully converted our nearly 20-year practice to a completely electronic medical office. And, we’ve already received our first Stimulus incentive check after they walked us through the entire CMS attestation process.”

“We’ve worked very hard to give our practice clients the tools and resources they need to successfully acquire federal EHR incentive funding,” said Brenda Hodge, executive vice president of partners and practices at gloStream. “It’s extremely gratifying when our clients report back to us that we’ve helped make a challenging process simple and easy.”

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