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What EHR contract issues are important?

EHR stands for Electronic Health Records and a legal spoken or written agreement between companies is called a contract. This little piece of document can be tricky. Let’s look into five EHR contract issues in order to understand complications involved in the process. Apply breaks: Never think that the EHR product being bought is non-negotiable. […]

EHR stands for Electronic Health Records and a legal spoken or written agreement between companies is called a contract. This little piece of document can be tricky. Let’s look into five EHR contract issues in order to understand complications involved in the process.

Apply breaks: Never think that the EHR product being bought is non-negotiable. You can ask your vendor before signing the contract; anything that requires modification or change. Avoid any kind of hesitation in negotiating adjustments in liabilities or insurance policy provisions provided to the practice.

Additional costs: The practice should never end up paying additional costs. It should pay exactly for the services it takes. Consult your attorney familiar with Health IT contracts. It will help you understand the terms and conditions; and help you avoid the penalties or any type of extra cost the practice may end up giving.

Certification—Check whether the EHR vendor fulfills regulatory requirements in terms of privacy and security is crucial. The EHR should be adept with Meaningful Use, if you want to receive incentives in the year 2013 onwards. The provider should be cautious, and should not end up signing a contract that is not compliant with the requirement. Make sure you read the contract thoroughly.

Documentation baggage—EHR contract documentation can be long and tedious. Make sure you are covered from all angles. The practice should include spoken and written agreements, any kind of representations, warranties of software and hardware, in the documentation of the agreement—failing to do so, the vendor can take advantage of the practice by providing inefficient service.

As a whole, an EHR contract entails itsy bitsy technical lingo which a provider may not be familiar with, especially those related to financial field. So, making the appropriate decisions falls upon making the right choice at the right time; and you can do that by taking appropriate time required, in signing the contract.

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