TROY — The Troy electronic medical records software developers gloStream said Monday that its clients in Oregon have begun receiving incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for deploying electronic health records.

The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs were established as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, better known as the federal stimulus. 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 solution.

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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.

“GloEMR is so flexible and easy to personalize that we were able to adjust the software to match the workflows we put into place to meet Meaningful Use criteria,” said Monte Stewart, a general surgeon from the Bear Creek Medical Plaza in Ashland, Oregon. “We also found gloStream’s Meaningful Use dashboard to be a tremendously valuable resource that tracked our progress, made attestation simple, and helped us get our incentive funding quickly.”

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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. Four-fifths of these physicians plan to enroll in the program during its first two years.

“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.”

GloStream provides doctors with certified, voice-enabled electronic medical record and practice management software delivered and supported through a nationwide community of local technology partners. gloStream products are secure, easy-to-use applications and the only solutions on the market with Microsoft Office built right in.

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