Electronic Dental Records
An Electronic Dental Record (EDR) is an electronic health record. It is a combination of processes and data structures, used by dentists, for purposes of documenting or conveying clinical facts, diagnoses, treatment plans, and services provided.
For purposes here, EDR will be used interchangeably with EHR.
For the majority of dental practices, there is no deadline to switch to EHRs. Beginning in 2015, Medicare eligible dentists who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use will be subject to a payment adjustment. The payment reduction starts at 1% and increases each year that a Medicare-eligible professional does not demonstrate meaningful use, to a maximum of 5%.
Dentists should check with their state medicaid agency for applicable state law requirements.