The Hillard, Ohio-based Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) is offering physicians a chance to get a head start on the process of adopting electronic records through its EMR Standards of Excellence Program (EMR SOE).
The EMR SOE Program began in March of 2008 and is available exclusively to OSMA members. It is designed to help enhance EMR adoption among physicians by identifying vendors who have agreed to include physician-friendly terms and conditions in their contracts with medical practices. In addition, at a minimum, the EMR vendors in the program must be certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).The OSMA has worked with Atlanta-based The Coker Group, a firm specializing in healthcare consulting, to identify terms and conditions that help protect physicians’ rights in the EMR contracting process. The Coker Group also provides OSMA members with an initial vendor contract and quote validation review at no charge, it says.