Hospitals need physicians more than physicians need hospitals..good article about the need and perils of creating a working IT environment for physicians on staff for the ROI. BD

"Physicians are the flexion point," he said at the time. "It's time to address the physician issue head-on."
One of Brailer’s earliest national prescriptions called for a waiver of federal Stark and anti-kickback laws in hopes it would spur hospitals to provide physicians with the money, infrastructure, technical help and training needed to extend their IT systems to doctors' offices.
Some hospitals, with more aggressive legal counsels, have requested "private letter rulings" on their specific plans and some have moved forward with IT extensions even under the current legal environment, she says. For them, the most common rationale hasn’t been financial.


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