Electronic Medical Records & Patients Rights

If you have ever been cajoled or threatened because you did not want to be part of DCIPA or other health care entities electronic medical records system, this may be why. Below is a notice sent by the state of Oregon to all Medicaid medical providers regarding the financial incentives offered for medical practices and clinics who get a significant number of their patients on electronic records. It may be why your doctor wants you on their system, even if HIPPA and other laws say you do not have to be part of any electronic system and have the right to opt out.
What we have seen happen is when a patient tries to decline being part of the system, which is his right, the medical practice indicates that it will no longer see you as a patient. So where is the right to decline if by exercising that right you are penalized, but that is another story? The story here is about the amount of money a doctor’s office can get to implement the electronic medical records system may be the very motive they have to illegally threaten or punish patients who do not want to be part of the system.
Now this not about whether one thinks electronic medical systems are a good thing or not; it is about the fact that laws say individual patients who do not want to be part of the system have a right not to be. A fundamental part of having any right it the ability to exercise it without threats or penalties. Without such protection, there is no right.
Unfortunately, this is just one more example of some members of our local medical community ignoring (even abusing) patients’ rights.
If you want to help stop these abusive practices, contact Oregon Patients Rights Association at (541) 236-3083 or opra4dc@gmail.com, or come to their next meeting:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
4 – 6 p.m.
Rm 310, Douglas County Courthouse
1036 SE Douglas, Roseburg

Oregon Health Authority: notice to medical providers:

“Deadlines approaching for providers applying for the 2012 Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program
The Medicaid EHR Incentive program provides federal incentives, up to $63,750 paid over six years, to certain eligible professionals who adopt, implement, upgrade or achieve meaningful use of certified EHR technology. To apply, providers must first register through Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and then apply using the Provider Web Portal at https://www.or-medicaid.gov to access the online application. A list of the steps to apply can be found on our Web site.
If you are applying for the first time, please don’t delay! It may take 6-8 weeks for providers to gain access to the EHR Incentive Program application through the Provider Web Portal.
The deadline for submitting an application is dependent on the provider’s participation year:
• For providers that are participating for their first year, the deadline is March 1, 2013.
• For providers that are participating for a second year payment and are attesting to meaningful use, the deadline is March 31, 2013.
For more information, please visit the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Web site or contact the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program team at 503-945-5898 with any questions.”

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