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Physician Using Ingenix CareTracker Becomes One of the First in the U.S. to Demonstrate Meaningful Use of Health IT

Douglas Foreman, D.O., a family physician in Warwick, R.I. will be among the first physicians in the U.S. to attest to meeting Phase 1 requirements for Medicare Meaningful Use of health information technology as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opens the process this morning.

Dr. Foreman has successfully met all 15 Core requirements and 7 of the 10 Menu-set measures, though only 5 are required to qualify for federal health IT funds. To achieve this, Dr. Foreman used the Ingenix CareTracker electronic health record (EHR) system, which features a graphical Meaningful Use Dashboard (which you saw a preview of at HIMSS) created by Ingenix to help physicians monitor progress toward meeting Meaningful Use objectives and take corrective action to improve quality of care as they work to qualify for federal health IT incentives.
New Meaningful Use Dashboard supported patient care and administrative decision-making to help Dr. Douglas Forman demonstrate Meaningful Use in the first 90 days of 2011

 

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 18, 2011 – Douglas Foreman, D.O., a family physician in Warwick, R.I., will be among the first physicians in the U.S. to attest to meeting Phase 1 requirements for Medicare Meaningful Use of health information technology as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Today is the first day physicians can attest to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to receive Medicare incentive payments provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

 

To achieve this, Dr. Foreman used the Ingenix CareTracker electronic health record (EHR) system, which features a graphical Meaningful Use Dashboard created by Ingenix to help physicians monitor progress toward meeting Meaningful Use objectives and take corrective action to improve quality of care as they work to qualify for federal health IT incentives.

 

“The Ingenix CareTracker EHR system supports my ability to provide better patient care and has made it much easier for me to demonstrate Meaningful Use,” said Foreman. “The Meaningful Use Dashboard shows me exactly where I’m meeting or exceeding requirements and in which areas I need to focus more attention. Using Ingenix CareTracker technology gives me more confidence in managing my practice knowing that we do the best job possible for our patients and have the tools to continually improve the quality of our care. Ingenix has provided us with experts in Meaningful Use who have provided feedback, support and education to make this possible.”

 

ARRA provides $19 billion in Medicare incentive payments to physicians who demonstrate Meaningful Use of an EHR system. To qualify, physicians must meet prescribed benchmarks, including 15 Core criteria that all eligible physicians must meet and five of ten Menu-set criteria, for 90 consecutive days. Dr. Foreman met his criteria between January 1 and March 31.

 

“The Meaningful Use Dashboard enables Ingenix CareTracker users to instantly access health intelligence and take action to enhance patient care,” said Steve Tolle, senior vice president of physician solutions at Ingenix. “With these innovative tools, Ingenix is already helping physicians to successfully qualify for federal health IT incentive payments. The health analytics capabilities that Ingenix CareTracker delivers to physician desktops will be even more important in light of recent guidance from the federal government on Accountable Care Organizations, which highlight the need for the ability to identify and reduce gaps in care in an increasingly collaborative environment.”

 

Ingenix recently announced the company is changing its name to OptumInsight.

 

The Meaningful Use Dashboard, which is now installed for all of the more than 11,000 users of the Ingenix CareTracker system, illustrates the percentage of each physician’s patient visits that meet requirements toward each Meaningful Use rule. In addition, the Meaningful Use Dashboard provides links to the text of the relevant Meaningful Use criteria, and access to Ingenix CareTracker documentation and training modules. Users can also drill down from the Meaningful Use Dashboard into their patient records to identify successful and missed cases, and ultimately correct inefficient workflow processes or proactively reach out to patients.

 

Ingenix CareTracker is a family of cloud-based services that enable physicians to enhance patient care and manage their practices more efficiently. The Ingenix CareTracker system includes a CCHIT Certified 2011 Ambulatory EHR solution that saves physicians time and money by helping them access clinical information and patient medical history at the point of care. Ingenix CareTracker features connections to thousands of labs, hospitals, pharmacies and commercial and government payers. The system helps physicians conduct medication and allergy verification and interaction checks, electronic prescribing, and quality measurement and reporting. Ingenix CareTracker also fully integrates with all of the operational functions of a physician practice, simplifying administrative tasks such as billing, scheduling and documentation.

 

About Ingenix

Ingenix, which recently announced it will become OptumInsight, is a leading provider of health information, technology and consulting services. Organizations, institutions, businesses and government agencies that comprise the health care system depend on Ingenix solutions and insights to improve their performance. Visit www.ingenix.com for more information.

April 22, 2011 I Written By

Florida Academy of Family Physicians Recommends Ingenix CareTracker to Its Members

Florida Academy of Family Physicians Recommends Ingenix CareTracker to Its Members

Member discounts and federal incentives reduce barriers to adopting health IT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) is recommending Ingenix CareTracker™, an integrated practice management and electronic health record (EHR) system, to its members, in an effort to support improvements in patient care and enable eligible doctors to qualify for federal government IT-adoption incentives.

“The Florida Academy of Family Physicians is committed to helping its members select, implement and successfully use EHR systems to improve care quality and the overall experience for patients”
Through a special program offered by CareTracker Partners, a national distributor of health IT solutions, FAFP members are eligible for discounts on monthly subscription fees and implementation services for Ingenix CareTracker software.

FAFP members who subscribe to Ingenix CareTracker through CareTracker Partners will receive a discounted monthly subscription rate for the duration of their contract. These discounts are designed to complement federal government incentives, including up to $44,000 in Medicare and up to $63,000 in Medicaid incentive payments as provided for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), for physicians who demonstrate meaningful use of an EHR system.

“The Florida Academy of Family Physicians is committed to helping its members select, implement and successfully use EHR systems to improve care quality and the overall experience for patients,” said Ira Pearlstine, M.D., chairman, Quality Practice Management Committee, FAFP. “Ingenix CareTracker is a comprehensive practice management and EHR system that is being offered to FAFP members at an affordable price. In addition, our members will appreciate that Ingenix CareTracker technology is easy to use and can be implemented quickly. FAFP evaluates EHR systems and practice management solutions on behalf of its members, and Ingenix CareTracker is a complete system that meets all of our requirements. This is one system that should be considered when making an EHR selection.”

“Ingenix CareTracker’s cloud-based (Internet) service delivery model reduces the cost and complexity of installing EHRs for small and large practices alike. Pairing discounts for implementation services with discounts on monthly subscription fees for FAFP members addresses the biggest challenge to physicians with adopting EHRs – cost. FAFP members who subscribe to Ingenix CareTracker software and are eligible for federal incentives should find this an attractive option for their practices,” said Jim McDonnell, principal, CareTracker Partners.

About Ingenix CareTracker Solutions
The Ingenix CareTracker system saves physicians time and money by helping them enter, retrieve and correlate important clinical knowledge and patient medical information at the point of care. The system features connections to thousands of labs, hospitals, pharmacies and commercial and government health plans, and fully integrates with all of the operational functions of a physician practice, simplifying administrative tasks such as billing, scheduling and documentation. The system also helps physicians conduct medication and allergy verification and interaction checks, electronic prescribing and quality measurement and reporting. Ingenix CareTracker includes an ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certified and CCHIT Certified® ambulatory EHR system. The Ingenix CareTracker system’s “cloud-based” architecture differentiates it from many traditional EHRs. “Cloud-based” means that it resides on secure servers with redundancy in locations across the country, and is accessed through the internet much like the banking and stock brokerage systems. Ingenix CareTracker is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to which physicians subscribe rather than purchase.

About Florida Academy of Family Physicians
The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) is Florida’s medical specialty association composed of more than 4,000 family medicine physicians, resident physicians and medical students from across the state. The FAFP works to advance the specialty of family medicine by promoting excellence and improvement in the health care of all Floridians. The FAFP is the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents more than 94,000 members nationwide.

About CareTracker Partners
CareTracker Partners is a national distributor of health IT solutions to physicians, hospital systems, and state and national associations. For more information, please go to www.caretrackerpartners.com or email info@caretrackerpartners.com.

February 1, 2011 I Written By

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