Many pediatricians are feeling left out when it comes to receiving financial incentives for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Few qualify because they rarely see Medicare patients or have a relatively low volume of Medicaid encounters.

These pediatricians, however, may qualify for subsidized consulting services to implement or optimize use of an EHR even if they do not qualify for incentive payments. A national network of 70 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) will help doctors and other providers select, purchase and implement an EHR. The centers, funded through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), will provide individualized, on-site technical assistance.

To qualify for consulting services, providers must work in a practice with 10 or fewer clinicians with prescription privileges and can attest that at least 30% of their patient encounters are focused on providing primary...

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