Such blazing success should not go unimitated. You want an EHR in every provider pot? Let’s take a lesson and forget the whole 44K reimbursement nonsense. Here’s the new deal:
- First, we pick a catchy name like “Every Human Receives Something” or EHRs.
- Next, we choose a cute-ish informal moniker, say, “Moolah for Medicine.”
- Third, we decide upon a set of high mileage models worthy of reimbursement...of course, CCHIT-certified systems will likely be the defacto choice.
- Finally, we offer cold, hard, trade-in cabbage to all clunkers out there – those notoriously antiquated non-CCHIT systems and, obviously, anyone still driving the prehistoric pen-and-paper monstrosities.
If $4,500 for a running, drivable, used car inspires sufficient adoption of new, high-mileage models to burn through a billion bucks in one week, I’ll betcha an upfront $44K to turn in old, gas-guzzling EHR junkers or paper-based jalopies for sleek, new, energy efficient health record roadsters will tear through 19 billion greenbacks in two, three days, tops.
First posted on HIStalk, August 11, 2009.
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