BCBS of MA plan requires hospitals to use CPOE

Hospitals participating in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will soon be required to used computerized physician order entry under the insurer's new incentive plan. Under the health plan's Primary Care Physician Incentive Plan and Hospital Quality Improvement Plan, both providers and hospitals will get incentives if they meet certain quality guidelines. Now, participating providers will need to meet standards established by the Massachusetts Hospital CPOE Initiative by 2012 if they want to eligible for these incentives. The Massachusetts CPOE Initiative has projected that 26 months after implementation, using CPOE will save $2.7 million per hospital, and a total $170 million per year for the state as a whole.

To learn more about the initiative:
- read this Healthcare IT News article

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