The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) today announced their participation in “Get Connected,” a program designed to help more of the nation’s physicians and other prescribers use electronic prescribing. Now backed by 17 of the nation’s leading medical associations, Get Connected is intended to help physicians and other prescribers take advantage of current Medicare incentives aimed at increasing the adoption and use of e-prescribing. Beginning in 2011, incentives may also be available to physicians and other prescribers who use e-prescribing as part of an electronic health record. These additional incentives fall under the HITECH provisions within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“There are many different activities driving the adoption of electronic prescribing by orthopaedic surgeons,” said Stephen Makk, MD, MBA, Chair of the AAOS Practice Management Committee. “Two key drivers are the CMS-sponsored E-Prescribing Incentive Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Through participation in the Get Connected program, the AAOS goal is to provide members with an expanded resource where they can obtain comprehensive information and support on best practices for adoption of necessary technologies for secure, direct electronic connectivity to pharmacies and payer organizations.”