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Government Initiatives

Manage and coordinate care of your patient populations

Allscripts product portfolio continues to evolve and meet the demanding health information exchange requirements and government mandates. This means that understanding the criteria and processes is critical, as is selecting the right technology partner. And we are that partner.

The HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act provides financial incentives to physicians and other healthcare stakeholders to adopt EHRs. It presents an unparalleled opportunity for the healthcare industry to modernize itself for greater efficiency, quality and cost containment. Core requirements of the Act include Meaningful Use Stage 2, ICD-10 and ACOs.


Meaningful Use Stage 2

Each MU requirement is a stepping stone that leads organizations toward improved outcomes and reduced costs. Combined with the right technology and processes, these stepping stones create the foundation for organizations to better position themselves in a healthcare marketplace that is moving toward population health management.


On April 1, 2014 President Obama signed into law H.R. 4302, “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” which creates a temporary “patch” to the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and delays the deadline for implementation of ICD-10 until October 2015. We continue to believe that the transition to ICD-10 is inevitable given the health policy priorities of this country. The delay in legislation will not impact our efforts to ensure our clients meet their regulatory goals.

Accountable Care

Physician practices now lead more accountable care organizations (ACOs) than hospitals and health systems do. Many physician practices are participating in and creating ACOs to achieve the Triple Aim developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): improving population health and the patient experience and managing costs.