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GMA meeting touches on electronic records

by Michele Catahay

Guam - The Guam Medical Association is holding its membership meeting tonight and Dr. Norman Okamura from the University of Hawaii will be discussing details of electronic health records and how the island should comply with federal regulations. Dr. Thomas Shieh says it's important for physicians to understand this topic especially if they are providing care to Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Shieh told KUAM News, "I think the important thing with electronic health records is that we can communicate better. Charting is easy to read. I think the reimbursement issue too is that they give incentives for physicians who turn into electronic health records to get those incentives. Only if you're going to take care of Medicare and Medicaid patients. That's the dilemma here is - how many are actually taking Medicare and Medicaid patients?"

The meeting takes place at 6:30pm at the Hyatt Regency in Tumon.

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