At Midwest Heart Specialists, implementing quality improvement and investing in EHRs go hand in hand. Its EHR system has allowed Midwest Heart to design and meet internal benchmarks and participate in quality-focused federal incentive programs that offset some of the costs of EHRs. Most importantly, EHRs have helped Midwest Heart caregivers effectively serve patients.
The cuts to cardiology payment planned by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as part of the final 2010 Physician Fee Schedule, are bad public policy. Not only that, but they represent a grave threat to cardiology practices and patient access.