For those of you who are reluctant to make the switch over to using electronic medical records and cite the cost as one of the biggest reasons, you will find that the sooner you make the switch, the better off you will be. The reason for this is that the government is offering scaled EMR incentives to help defray the costs.
The EMR Incentives Are Scaled
However, if you are counting on the EMR incentives offered by the government to help defray your costs, you need to make the change soon. The reason for this is that these incentives are in fact scaled and decrease each year until 2014. This is the year by which all medical care providers must have converted to using EMR. If you go past this year and have not converted, instead of being paid incentives to switch, you will be fined.