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                                        Fact Sheet
Jump-starting e-health revolution

Who:                  Legislative Supporter: U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa)
                      Key Stakeholders/Partners: USF Health and Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX)

What:                 Program to encourage 100% physician participation in ePrescribing as an
                      on-ramp to Electronic Health Records

When/Where:           Grant proposal for funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
                      for a two-year program covering the 10-county Tampa Bay region (approximately
                      10,000 physicians in 10 central Florida counties of DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando,
                      Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota)

                      The first phase, funded by stakeholders including USF Health and Allscripts,
                      kicks off immediately in Hillsborough County (3,200 physicians)

How:                  One-on-one training that draws on USF Health research to help physicians take
                      advantage of a qualified ePrescribing system

                      Allscripts ePrescribe™ software free of charge

Time is now

MIPPA:                Section 132 of Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
                      (MIPPA) provides ePrescribing incentives this year with penalties starting in
                      2012. The schedule follows:

                       Year                         Income                        Penalty
                                                    Incentive
                       2009                         2%                            None
                       2010                         2%                            None
                       2011                         1%                            None
                       2012                         1%                            1%
                       2013                         0.5%                          1,5%
                       Beyond                       None                          2%

                      Federal law empowers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to
                      pay physicians between $44,000 and $64,000 over five years, beginning in 2011,
                      for deploying and using a certified Electronic Health Record to care for patients.


Current Status:       Less than 10% of U.S. physicians currently write prescriptions electronically

                      According to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) study, 7,000 people die each year in
                      the U.S. because of preventable medication errors

Benefits:             Electronic prescribing will eliminate errors due to illegible handwriting, create
                      electronic records to ensure prescription information is not lost, check for
                      allergies and drug interactions, reduce costs by improving efficiency and
                      identifying less-expensive drug options

Job Creation:         132 new jobs - 111 trainers, 21 support staff

								
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