Health Policy

AMA Delegates endorse healthcare IT tax credit

The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates recently recommended that physicians receive a full, refundable tax credit to help them buy and use healthcare information technology. The recommendation was made at the Delegates’ mid-November 2007 Interim Meeting in Honolulu, as reported in the Dec.3 issue of the AMA’s American Medical News.  The Delegates want such a credit to apply to technology like electronic medical records and e-prescribing systems. The Delegates passed their resolution in the wake of an AMA survey about 2007 Interim Meeting resolutions, in which 79 percent of responding physicians endorsed the idea of an EMR tax credit. American Medical News also reports that delegates directed the AMA to develop contracting guidelines to help physicians stay within the federal Stark regulations that allow physicians to accept healthcare IT from hospitals. “The high cost of health information technology is still a major roadblock to universal adoption, and accepting or donating an electronic health record system can be an option for many physicians,” AMA Trustee J. James Rohack, MD, told American Medical News. “This guidance should help physicians determine their needs and develop a mutually beneficial contract agreement.”

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