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Minnesota Moves Ahead on 2015 Mandate for Dental Electronic Health Records

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During the 2007–08 Regular Legislative Session, the Minnesota Legislature passed, and the governor signed, H.F. 1078–an omnibus health and human services finance bill. Under the law, all hospitals and health care providers must have in place an interoperable electronic health records system within their hospital system or clinical practice setting by January 1, 2015. In 2008, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released a statewide implementation plan to meet the 2015 interoperable electronic health record mandate. Recently, the MDH released a guidance document further detailing which health care settings and providers would be impacted by the mandate. According to the guidance document, dental practices–including general practice, oral surgery, and orthodontics–will be impacted by the mandate. In addition, MDH has stated that it interprets the law to include any health care provider who provides a service that could be reimbursed by Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, whether or not the provider accepts these patients or accepts payment for the service. To learn more about the 2015 interoperable electronic health record mandate, click here.