Certified EHR Systems in Physician Offices Increase

January 27, 2016

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 provides incentive payments to eligible hospitals and providers that demonstrate the meaningful use of a certified electronic health record (EHR) system.

In 2010, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology began certifying EHR systems as having the capabilities that could enable meeting meaningful use criteria.

A new NCHS report uses the National Electronic Health Records Survey to describe physician adoption of certified EHR systems from 2013 to 2014 across the United States and the extent to which physicians with certified EHR systems share patient health information.

Findings:

  • In 2014, 74.1% of office-based physicians had a certified EHR system, up from 67.5% in 2013.
  • The percentage of physicians who had a certified EHR system ranged from 58.8% in Alaska to 88.6% in Minnesota.
  • In 2014, 32.5% of office-based physicians with a certified EHR system were electronically sharing patient health information with external providers.
  • The percentage of physicians with a certified EHR system electronically sharing patient health information with external providers ranged from 17.7% in New Jersey to 58.8% in North Dakota.

 


Acceptance of New Patients With Public and Private Insurance by Office-based Physicians: United States, 2013

March 31, 2015

Physician acceptance of new Medicaid patients has shown to be lower than acceptance of new Medicare patients or new privately insured patients. Acceptance of new Medicaid patients also has shown to be lower in states with lower Medicaid payment rates to physicians.

Using the 2013 National Electronic Health Records Survey, this NCHS report summarizes physician acceptance of new patients with Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. It also summarizes information on how these acceptance rates vary by select physician characteristics and by state.

Key Findings from the Report:

 

  • In 2013, most office-based physicians (95.3%) were accepting new patients.
  • The percentage of physicians accepting new Medicaid patients (68.9%) was lower than the percentage accepting new Medicare (83.7%) or new privately insured (84.7%) patients.
  • The percentage of physicians accepting new Medicaid and Medicare patients was lower for physicians within metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) compared with physicians outside of MSAs.
  • The percentage of physicians who accepted new privately insured, Medicare, and Medicaid patients each varied by state.