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Dr. Jeremy Bradley Family Practice Clinic Selected as 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award Winner

CHICAGO (November 26, 2012) – HIMSS honors Dr. Jeremy Bradley Family Practice  located in Owensboro, Ky., as a winner of the 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. Since 1994, the Nicholas E. Davies Award recognizes excellence in health information technology, specifically excellence in use of the EHR to successfully improve quality of care and patient safety while achieving a demonstrated return on investment.

The Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence  recognizes the most exemplary implementations and utilizations of EHR in independent ambulatory practices, community health clinics/organizations, and enterprise clinics. The award requires that staff in the healthcare system applying for the award assess and document their progress and accomplishments against a framework for thinking about the process of implementing an EHR.

The 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence winner Dr. Jeremy Bradley opened his practice in 2000 to meet the clinical needs of Daviess County, a federally designated primary care physician shortage location. Dr. Bradley provides primary care to over 9,000 active patients, with 50% of patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or uninsured. The practice employs one physician, one nurse practitioner, and one physician assistant.

In 2008, Dr. Bradley implemented a fully integrated EHR into the practice. The introduction of EHR-enabled clinical quality measurement and reporting, and later Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice transformation, with all of its attendant changes in provider roles and office workflow, resulted in vastly improved delivery of clinical care and a return on initial investment of 200 percent.. Following the completion of the EHR implementation, Dr. Bradley was honored by the Bridges to Excellence program for improved quality outcomes associated with diabetes and hypertension, and the practice was the first ambulatory clinic in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to earn Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA.)

“Dr. Bradley has used EHR technology to improve patient outcomes over time and ensure evidence-based, high quality care,” says John Bender, MD, chair, Davies Ambulatory Committee, and Medical Director, Miramont Family Medicine, in Ft. Collins, Colo. “All of us on the Davies Ambulatory Committee congratulates Dr. Jeremy Bradley for his focus on improving the quality of healthcare delivery with the best use of health IT.”

Dr. Jeremy Bradley Family Practice will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013.  For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS website.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

December 3, 2012 I Written By

Coastal Medical Inc., Selected as 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award Winner

CHICAGO (October 18, 2012) – HIMSS honors Coastal Medical, Inc., located in Providence, R.I., as the winner of the 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. Since 1994, the Nicholas E. Davies Award recognizes excellence in health information technology, specifically excellence in use of the EHR to successfully improve quality of care and patient safety.

The Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence  recognizes the most exemplary implementations and utilizations of EHR in independent ambulatory practices, community health clinics/organizations, and enterprise clinics. The award requires that staff in the healthcare system applying for the award to assess and document their progress and accomplishments against a framework for thinking about the process of implementing an EHR.

The 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence winner is a physician-owned, physician-governed medical organization founded in Providence, R.I., in 1995. Coastal employs 91 providers in 19 offices across the state, and provides predominantly primary care services to 105,000 adult and pediatric patients, who comprise 10 percent of the Rhode Island population.

In 2006 and early 2007, Coastal implemented a fully integrated EHR in every office. The introduction of clinical quality measurement and reporting, and later Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice transformation, with all of its attendant changes in provider roles and office workflow, were experienced by providers as improvements in the delivery of clinical care that were enabled by EHR technology. Coinciding with completion of the EHR adoption in early 2007, Coastal entered into its first Pay-for-Performance contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), which included meaningful financial incentives for achievement of first generation clinical quality targets.

“Coastal has used the EHR technology platform to establish a strong foundation on which to deliver evidence-based, high quality care and produce measurable outcomes,” says John Bender, MD, chair, Davies Ambulatory Committee, and Medical Director, Miramont Family Medicine, in Ft. Collins, Colo. “All of us on the Davies Ambulatory Committee congratulate Costal Medical Inc. for its focus on improving the quality of healthcare delivery with the best use of health IT.”

Coastal Medical Inc., will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013.  For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS website.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

November 19, 2012 I Written By

Legacy Health Selects Explorys as its Healthcare Big Data Platform for Value-Based Care Initiatives

Explorys, an innovator of cloud-computing platform solutions for leveraging big data in healthcare, announced today that Legacy Health, one of Oregon’s premier multi-hospital health systems, has selected Explorys to power the healthcare system’s enterprise and community-wide value–based care initiatives, including its flagship patient centered medical home (PCMH) program and to support its participation in the Cigna ACO launched in the region.  This news is great example of how provider organizations are starting to use the kind of powerful big data tools prevalent in other industries to figure out how to make initiatives like PCMH and ACO successful.  In this case, Legacy is using a cloud-based approach – which has a lot of benefits over the more traditional build a giant data warehouse approach – to aggregate and analyze not just their own data, but also data from partners like Cigna.

Explorys’ Cloud-Based Analytics Platform to Enhance Quality and Cost Performance at Legacy Health; Tool Will Combine and Analyze Data from Multiple Sources for Holistic View of Patient and Improved Care Coordination

Cleveland, OH, November 5, 2012 — Explorys, the leader in cloud-based big data solutions for healthcare, announced today that Legacy Health, one of Oregon’s premier multi-hospital health systems, has selected the Explorys Platform and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) applications to power the healthcare system’s enterprise and community-wide value-based care initiatives, including its flagship patient centered medical home (PCMH) program.  The Explorys solution will also play a key role in helping the organization to better understand quality and cost performance as it joins Cigna’s (NYSE: CI) new collaborative accountable care (ACO) program that was recently expanded into Oregon.

Legacy Health has been on the forefront of implementing new models of care.  Since 2007, Legacy Health has been implementing the PCMH model across their primary care practices.  Legacy Health is shifting to a holistic, coordinated approach to deliver quality care for the patients they serve.  “Taking our patient-centered care model to the next level will require more efficient, holistic visibility to the analytic information that is essential for improving coordinated care for all of the patients we serve,” said Kelley Aurand, DO, Legacy Health Medical Director of the Health Home. “Building on our very successful implementation of an electronic health record, we generate huge volume of clinical data that we can mine for better population health.”

“Legacy Health sought a data solution that would help us take the next steps in health care transformation,” said John Kenagy, PhD, Legacy Health’s senior vice president and CIO. “We need to be able to aggregate, analyze, and explore our clinical and operational data across our delivery system. As we become increasingly accountable for the long-term health of our patients, we will be analyzing data for patient quality and clinical effectiveness.”

The Explorys Platform supports a series of independent software-as-a-service applications for data exploration, population management, performance measurement, and patient outreach. Explorys analytics and informatics services provide prescriptive solutions that combine technology and process to deliver more effective care.  “It is obvious that Legacy Health is committed to the improvement of patient experience, the quality of care that is delivered, and lowering the cost of care to the populations they serve.  We are excited about the opportunity to partner with them as a foundational component of their population health management strategy to meet these needs now and in the future,” stated Sarah Mihalik, VP of Client Services, Explorys.

About Legacy Health

Legacy Health is an Oregon-based, not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation comprising five full-service hospitals, a children’s hospital, and more than 50 clinics.  Within these award-winning facilities, Legacy offers an integrated network of health care services – acute and critical care, inpatient and outpatient treatment, community health education and a variety of specialty services.
For more information, visit www.legacyhealth.org.

About Explorys

Founded in 2009, Explorys provides the first secure cloud-computing Enterprise Performance Management Platform for Healthcare powered by BIG DATA. The rising costs of healthcare and the need for better outcomes are driving leading healthcare providers to more effectively leverage their data to improve quality, patient satisfaction, and support Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Accountable Care (ACO) models. Adopted by 13 major integrated healthcare systems 19 million cared-for-lives, 118 hospitals, and thousands of providers and ambulatory venues, Explorys is the leading healthcare BIG DATA platform in the United States.
For more information, visit www.explorys.com.

November 5, 2012 I Written By

SRS Continuity of Care Exchange Platform (SRS CCX™) Automates Quality Reporting, Outcomes Management, and Population Health Improvement for Pine Medical Group

Cloud-Based Interoperability Platform Facilitates Care Management, Patient Medical Home Status, Payer Incentives, and Meaningful Use

MONTVALE, NJ – August 1, 2012 –SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, announced today that 22-provider Pine Medical Group, P.C., is leveraging the SRS Continuity of Care Exchange platform (SRS CCX™) to effortlessly share a full range of discrete clinical data with the Wellcentive registry. Wellcentive analyzes this data and identifies any gaps in care, allowing Pine Medical not only to improve patient care, but also to meet the care management requirements that qualify the practice as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Another benefit is increased practice revenue—physicians are able to bill Blue Cross/Blue Shield for care-management services and also to download the information from Wellcentive to various HMOs, which earns the physicians quality-based incentive payments. Pine Medical is already well positioned to meet the complex interoperability requirements that will be critical to Stage 2 meaningful use compliance.

“SRS enables us to meet new outcome-reporting requirements and to take advantage of new reimbursement models instituted by the government and private payers, and to do so in a highly efficient manner,” says Richard Boss, M.D., Pine Medical Group. “Most importantly, the data analysis and insights that Wellcentive provides will help our physicians deliver the highest quality care to our patients.”

“The day that SRS automated the Wellcentive reporting process was the best day of our nurses’ lives,” reports Marge Young, Administrator, Pine Medical Group. “SRS has freed the time of 11 nurses and other staff members so that they can now focus on more important clinical care responsibilities. In our 5 years of participation in Wellcentive, we have increased our incentive payments 4-fold—SRS has been extremely valuable in this regard all along, but the new interoperability platform takes SRS and Pine Medical to a new level.”

“The CCX platform is the most recent step in the successful and ongoing evolution of the SRS EHR technology,” says Joseph Geretz, Chief Software Architect of SRS. “In addition to giving physicians the most efficient tool for capturing clinical data, SRS now enables them to seamlessly share this data with registries like Wellcentive, other physicians, hospitals, HIEs, and even the patients themselves. The implications for quality of care are profound.”

“With its cloud-based interoperability platform, SRS has developed and successfully deployed data-sharing technology that positions our clients to participate in a full range of government and payer programs that reward quality, focus on outcomes, and reduce costs,” says Evan Steele, CEO of SRS.

About SRS

SRS is the leading provider of productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians—with a successful adoption rate unparalleled in the industry. Offered via the Unified Desktop™, the robust SRS EHR, PM, PACS, and Patient Portal increase speed, boost revenue, free physicians’ time, and heighten patient care and satisfaction. For more information on SRS, visit www.srssoft.com, e-mail info@srssoft.com, fax 201.802.1301, or call 800.288.8369.

About Pine Medical Group, P.C.

Pine Medical Group, P.C., is currently the largest rural multispecialty clinic in West Michigan, with offices in both Fremont and Newaygo. With 22 providers and an additional 91 employees, Pine Medical continues to grow by bringing in new physicians, extending both the number and type of medical services available to its patients. Visit www.pinemed.com for more information.

August 20, 2012 I Written By

GE Healthcare Empowers Patients with Advanced Online Patient Portal

Health reform is changing the game for providers by incentivizing doing more with less. This means, among other things, improving patient communication, reducing redundant administrative tasks and elevating quality of care. What’s more, with Meaningful Use Stage 2 on the inevitable horizon, healthcare organizations are looking for ways to increase electronic access to meet patient engagement requirements. Additionally, consumers are increasingly taking control of their healthcare needs into their own hands; they want a simplified process and better access.

In essence, patient portals are transitioning from a nice-to-have to must-have technology.

In response to customer demand to boost the frequency and quality of patient communications in an increasingly self-service climate, GE Healthcare today introduced Centricity Patient Online 13. Centricity Patient Online is a flexible, scalable, and highly configurable patient portal designed to help large healthcare organizations:

  • Better engage patients and their families in their care.
  • Extend the provider workflow to the patient’s home with a range of easy-to-use, self-service tools.
  • Optimize staff and provider productivity.

Centricity Patient Online Portal Connects the Patient with the Provider

BARRINGTON, Ill. – Feb 2, 2012 – In response to customer demand for a better way to interact with patients in an increasingly self-service climate, GE Healthcare today introduced Centricity Patient Online 13.  Centricity Patient Online is a flexible, scalable, and highly configurable patient portal designed for large healthcare organizations.  By extending the provider workflow to the patient’s home with a range of easy-to-use self-service tools, Patient Online enhances patient communications, optimizes staff and provider productivity, and can help strengthen the provider’s market and competitive position.  It helps customers meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 patient and family engagement criteria and prepare them for expected Stage 2 requirements.

In fact, during this challenging time in healthcare, GE Healthcare’s Centricity Patient Online may be just what the doctor ordered. With Patient Online 13, patients can connect with their healthcare providers through the Web or their mobile device to schedule appointments, pay bills, manage health information, complete pre-visit forms, send secure messages, begin an eVisit and respond to alerts and reminders sent by the practice.

“This release continues to advance Patient Online as one of the leading patient portal products,” said Denise Cuddeback, assistant vice president at Carolinas Physician Network, where the implementation of Patient Online’s direct scheduling features have reduced the network’s no-show rate to 1% for appointments directly scheduled through the portal. “The features in this release include impressive workflow enhancements, improved bi-directional patient communication and patient-directed security controls.”

A key focus of healthcare reforms, including Meaningful Use, Patient-Centered Medical Home, and Accountable Care Organizations, is to ensure that individuals and families are engaged as partners in their care. The end goal is improved clinical outcomes, and, ultimately, reduced costs to the system as a whole. A tethered patient portal, such as Patient Online, is a key to the evolution of care.

“Studies have shown that people who are more engaged with their health care may experience better health outcomes,” said Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, health economist and analyst who writes with the blog Health Populi. “Patient Online enables greater health engagement by giving people access to lab test results, allowing people to know their numbers, and to make appointments and pay health care bills online.”

A result of continual customer collaboration, Patient Online 13 offers the tightest connection of any patient portal with GE’s market-leading Centricity Business revenue cycle management solution and interoperability with virtually any standards-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

“Fletcher Allen Health Care’s  MyHealth Online portal is an incredibly powerful tool,” said Chuck Podesta, Chief Information Officer at Fletcher Allen Health Care, where GE’s Patient Online has been in use since June 2011. “Patient Online allows for flexible integration and, as a result, we have been able to leverage the administrative, financial, and clinical patient workflows through a single user interface at FAHC. The patient response is incredible and, since it fits right into the existing workflows, our staff loves it, too.”

Healthcare organizations today are facing unprecedented fiscal challenges. To balance their budgets, many are now searching for cost-effective and efficient alternatives to budget-busters like postal mail for pre-visit forms, appointment and preventative screening reminders, and large call centers with long hold times, high drop rates, and non-stop telephone tag.

”This product is well positioned for today’s medical environment,” said Michael Friguletto, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We look forward to helping our customers reduce costs, increase access and enhance the quality of care they’re able to provide their patients. When patients demand 24/7 access and interactivity with their providers and their medical records, it’s a great time to be in healthcare.”

GE Healthcare will demonstrate the capabilities of Centricity Patient Online 13 at the HIMSS conference at the Venetian Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, booth 2635.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

February 7, 2012 I Written By

Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Helps Adirondack Region Medical Home Project Achieve Major Milestone in Care Coordination

The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot Program, with implementation support services from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), recently had 29 of 31 primary care practices recognized as Level 3 NCQA Recognition – the highest level achievable.

Key highlights from the announcement today include:

•       With MAeHC’s support and expertise, the Adirondack PCMH met and exceeded the HEAL 10 New York grant initial project goal of NCQA Level 2 Recognition for all participating practices.
•       NCQA’s PCMH Recognition Program evaluates the use of health information technology like EHRs to capture patient information and ensure that all necessary providers have uninterrupted access to critical data.
•       The Adirondack Regional Medical Home Pilot Project is a collaborative effort to transform the delivery healthcare system in rural upstate New York through a PCMH model and the implementation of health information technology.

New York State Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot Program Far Exceeds Federal Grant Requirements with Level 3 NCQA Recognition of 29 Practices

Waltham, Mass., December 12, 2011 – The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot Program recently had 29 of 31 primary care practices recognized as Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) – the highest level achievable. With the implementation support services and expertise of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), the healthcare providers of the Adirondack region were able to meet and exceed the HEAL 10 New York grant initial project goal of NCQA Level 2 Recognition for all participating practices. This accomplishment marks a major milestone in the Adirondack Medical Home Project and the collaborative effort to transform the healthcare delivery system in this rural, upstate New York region.

The NCQA’s PCMH Recognition Program acknowledges physician practices that emphasize a team-based approach to patient care, with a focus on coordination of care, quality, safety and preventative care of chronic conditions. A key component of this NCQA designation is the use of health information technology like electronic health records (EHRs) to capture patient information and ensure that all necessary providers have uninterrupted access to critical data. To facilitate the use of EHRs, pilot participants enlisted the support services of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. MAeHC offered expert implementation services to assist in vendor selection, workflow design and optimization and EHR deployment.

“Having 29 of the 31 primary practices achieve the Level 3 Medical Home designation is an outstanding achievement for the Adirondacks PCMH project and for our region at large.  It is a powerful demonstration of our shared commitment to clinical quality, continuity of care, EHR adoption and creating a community of health and wellness,” said Karen Ashline, Pod Director of the Plattsburgh community for the Adirondacks Medical Home Project. “Without the knowledge and dedication of the MAeHC team this level of interoperability and PCP document standardization would have been virtually impossible.”

The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot Project, which began in January 2010, is a joint initiative of medical providers and public and private insurers.  Organized into three geographic pods across the Adirondack North Country region, the program was designed to improve the coordination and management of patient care through a patient centered medical home (PCMH) model and the implementation of interoperable health information technology.

“The Adirondacks PCMH initiative has really set the bar for creating a strategic process to bring together a large number of primary practices, in the most rural of communities, to build a secure and quality medical home model,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. “This highest NCQA recognition is even more significant when considering the quality improvement element that evaluates patient and provider satisfaction and quality outcomes.  This achievement recognizes not only what the health information infrastructure of the Adirondacks Region Medical Home Project can do, but also measures the overall improvement on quality of care.”

To improve and enhance regional healthcare services, the HEAL 10 New York grant is supporting collaborative projects like the Adirondack PCMH pilot across all regions of New York State.

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC was formed in 2004 to bring together the state’s major health care stakeholders for the purpose of establishing an electronic health record system that would enhance the quality, efficiency, and safety of care in Massachusetts. MAeHC’s charitable mission is to transform the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT through community-based adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange. To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org.

About Northern Adirondack Medical Home Project

The Adirondack Region Medical Home project is a joint initiative of medical providers and public and private insurers to transform health care delivery in the rural, upstate New York Region. As the largest Medical Home Pilot Project in the country, its goals are to improve care, expand access and contain costs by providing a new model for the delivery of health care services that emphasizes the role of primary care. Partners in this project include health care providers in 31 practices (representing 105 physicians and 90 physician assistants and nurse practitioners) and five hospitals across the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton.  Primary care providers are from CVPH and the surrounding Plattsburgh area, Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Malone and Alice Hyde Medical Center, Adirondack Medical Center and the Trudeau Health System, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Inter-lakes Health, and the Smith House Health Care Center.

December 19, 2011 I Written By

NextGen Healthcare’s 2011 Users’ Group Meeting Helps Providers Get Ready for Critical Industry Changes

Record attendance of more than 4,200 participants celebrate Meaningful Use success and prepare to tackle new initiatives such as collaborative care models

HORSHAM, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today the kick off of its 2011 Users’ Group Meeting (UGM) with record attendance of more than 4,200 participants.

The company’s clients – including physicians, hospital executives, nurses, practice managers and technology specialists – have gathered at the MGM Grand® Hotel & Conference Center in Las Vegas to participate in more than 200 educational and networking opportunities. President Scott Decker will address attendees this morning in a presentation that highlights the breadth of NextGen Healthcare’s solutions that help providers get ready to tackle critical industry initiatives such as collaborative care, health reform and shifting reimbursement models.

“Many of our ambulatory and inpatient users have attested for Meaningful Use incentives already and more than 100 clients have earned Patient-Centered Medical Home designation,” said Decker. “Providers must now get ready to face broader industry drivers such as Accountable Care and 5010/ICD-10 by putting the right tools in place. NextGen Healthcare’s EHR is now faster and easier to use, and our new, intuitive solutions and enhanced services help providers measure and act on their clinical and business outcomes. In collaboration with our clients, and in response to their needs, we have developed a portfolio that will position clients for true market leadership.”

Among the innovations showcased at UGM to support these industry changes, NextGen Healthcare will reveal a performance management tool set designed to monitor and measure clinical, financial and operational outcomes for a healthcare organization. It includes Insight Reporting™, which compares a practice’s metrics against others at a local, state, or national level, providing detailed insight into every aspect of the practice’s financial performance and ways to resolve revenue cycle issues. NextGen™ Healthcare Information Exchange, NextGen® Patient Portal and NextGen® Mobile will also be featured as they gain momentum in helping providers advance community connectivity and patient engagement.

A favorite feature of attendees each year is the UGM Hands-On Room, which returns with more than 150 workstations running the latest NextGen® applications. Experienced trainers, developers, and implementation specialists provide one-on-one product tutorials, answer questions, and highlight new or undiscovered features. More than 20 educational sessions are also scheduled to help guide clients through Meaningful Use attestation.

Keynote speaker John Foley, former member of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, will educate UGM attendees on secrets to achieving high performance. NextGen Healthcare also welcomes Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, to speak at its Users’ Group Meeting. Dr. Mostashari will present Monday afternoon on “Meaningful Use as the Path to Clinical Delivery Transformation.”

The public can follow NextGen Healthcare’s Users’ Group Meeting on Twitter under the hashtag #NextGenUGM.

About NextGen Healthcare

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, financial and connectivity solutions for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit www.nextgen.com and www.qsii.com. Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nextgen or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NextGenHealthcare

November 15, 2011 I Written By

Six health plans pay $1.5M in incentives to create medical homes for nearly half a million Hudson Valley residents

Six health plans pay $1.5M in incentives to create medical homes for nearly half a million Hudson Valley residents

Taconic Health Information Network and Community convenes payers, providers and community to manage groundbreaking medical home transformation project

Fishkill, N.Y. March 9, 2011 – Nearly half a million patients in New York’s Hudson Valley can now call their primary care physician offices patient-centered medical homes, thanks to a Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC) project that garnered participation from six health plans to improve the quality of care in the region.

The health plans–Aetna, CDPHP, Hudson Health Plan, MVP Health Care, UnitedHealthcare and Empire BlueCross Blue Shield–represent some 65 percent of the commercial insurance market in the Hudson Valley and 43 percent of Medicaid managed care. Setting aside competition in favor of cooperation with THINC, the health plans paid $1.5 million to 236 primary care physicians in 11 practices that achieved patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which served as an objective measure of medical home-ness. The incentives were paid to providers for transformation to a PCMH and for the enhanced, more robust services patients receive in a medical home.

The PCMH transformation project was managed over a one-year period by THINC, the not-for-profit organization that convenes providers, payers, employers, public health agencies, quality organizations, consumers and local leaders to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care for the community. The work was managed in collaboration with Taconic IPA.

“This success of this project means we’ve reached critical mass for the medical home in the Hudson Valley,” said Susan Stuard, THINC’s executive director. “A majority of the commercial and public program insurance plans serving the Hudson Valley worked together to support the foundation of primary care–bring better preventive care, improved chronic condition care, and better access to coordinated care. Ultimately, this project shows that those caring for the people of the Hudson Valley can move beyond competition to enhance quality.”

The PCMH is an emerging model of care in which patients select a primary care practice to be their “medical home.” Work flow at practices is redesigned to emphasize a team-based approach to care. Core components include better access to care through open scheduling and use of electronic health communication tools, care coordination among providers, a focus on preventive care and the use of health information technology tools such as electronic health records and electronic prescribing.

The Joint Principles of the Medical Home, adopted in 2007 by the nation’s leading primary care physician organizations, assert that payment to physicians should recognize the added value provided to patients in a medical home. THINC’s PCMH transformation project ideally brought together physician practices committed to practice transformation and the payers interested in seeing the promise of the medical home fulfilled–improved quality, better patient satisfaction and controlled cost.

The large-scale, multi-payer participation in the project means the benefits of the medical home extend to patients in a PCMH-recognized practice regardless of whether they have a certain type of insurance. PCMH practice transformation positively benefits all the patients served by a practice. Adoption of the medical home model was shown in a national demonstration project to improve measures of quality of care by 8.3 to 9.1 percent and measures of clinical preventive and chronic care services by 5 percent. Outcomes from independent demonstration projects across the country have produced reductions in emergency room visits of as high as 39 percent because of better care for chronic conditions, and significant cost savings.

“The process of becoming a medical home transforms the practice so it can fully utilize the tools of an electronic medical record and align the goals of the practice with the patients to improve the quality of care that the patient receives,” said Mark Foster, MD, chairman of THINC’s board and lead physician of Hudson Valley Primary Care, a participating PCMH practice. “Some of this is obtained by improved care coordination, access and more complete care. This enhanced value for patients and insurers will allow for lower medical costs in the long term as patients are receiving more preventative services on time. This project would not have been successful without the participation of multiple health plans and the assistance from THINC and Taconic IPA.”

Following on the success of its medical home incentive program, THINC, in partnership with Taconic IPA and supported by technical expertise from Geisinger Health System, seeks to bring a model of embedded care management within NCQA Level 3 patient-centered medical homes to achieve gains in efficiency and quality. Geisinger’s ProvenHealth Navigator program will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the Hudson Valley. The program will start with a small pilot at several sites with the ultimate goal of rolling out to medical home recognized primary care providers across the community. THINC believes this program will generate significant improvements in cost and quality of care for high-risk patients and will carry with it national importance in testing the applicability of such a model outside of an integrated health system.

Along with the promise of incentive payment once NCQA recognition was achieved, the health plans provided data which will be used to evaluate the project’s outcomes, part of a five-year commitment from the plans to help practices delivery enhanced care.

“The project evaluation will go beyond what the national demonstration project was able to measure, giving us information about physician satisfaction, patient satisfaction, and improvements in quality of care, which we can report in 2011,” Stuard said. “For the first time, the data set will allow us to benchmark this quality data and then look at those issues over time.” THINC partners with researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College to evaluate the outcomes of its programs.

About the Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC)THINC is dedicated to improving the quality, safety and efficiency of health care for the benefit of the people of the Hudson Valley region of New York. The primary purpose of THINC is to advance the use of health IT through the sponsorship of a secure health information exchange network, the adoption and use of interoperable EHRs and the implementation of population health improvement activities, including public health surveillance and reporting, pay for performance, patient centered medical home practice transformation, care coordination activities, public reporting and other quality improvement initiatives. For more information, go to www.THINC.org. THINC is part of the Hudson Valley Initiative, an effort to revolutionize health care delivery through a shared vision to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care in the community. To learn more, go to http://www.hudsonvalleyinitiative.com.

 

March 10, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Six health plans pay $1.5M in incentives to create medical homes for nearly half a million Hudson Valley residents

Taconic Health Information Network and Community convenes payers, providers and community to manage groundbreaking medical home transformation project

Fishkill, N.Y. March 9, 2011 — Nearly half a million patients in New York’s Hudson Valley can now call their primary care physician offices patient-centered medical homes, thanks to a Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC) project that garnered participation from six health plans to improve the quality of care in the region.

The health plans–Aetna, CDPHP, Hudson Health Plan, MVP Health Care, UnitedHealthcare and Empire BlueCross Blue Shield–represent some 65 percent of the commercial insurance market in the Hudson Valley and 43% percent of Medicaid managed care. Setting aside competition in favor of cooperation with THINC, the health plans paid $1.5 million this year to 236 primary care physicians in 11 practices that achieved patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which served as an objective measure of medical home-ness. The incentives were paid to providers for transformation to a PCMH and for the enhanced, more robust services patients receive in a medical home.

The PCMH transformation project was managed over a one-year period by THINC, the not-for-profit organization that convenes providers, payers, employers, public health agencies, quality organizations, consumers and local leaders to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care for the community. The work was managed in collaboration with Taconic IPA.

“This success of this project means we’ve reached critical mass for the medical home in the Hudson Valley,” said Susan Stuard, THINC’s executive director. “A majority of the commercial and public program insurance plans serving the Hudson Valley worked together to support the foundation of primary care–bring better preventive care, improved chronic condition care, and better access to coordinated care. Ultimately, this project shows that those caring for the people of the Hudson Valley can move beyond competition to enhance quality.”

The PCMH is an emerging model of care in which patients select a primary care practice to be their “medical home.” Work flow at practices is redesigned to emphasize a team-based approach to care. Core components include better access to care through open scheduling and use of electronic health communication tools, care coordination among providers, a focus on preventive care and the use of health information technology tools such as electronic health records and electronic prescribing.

The Joint Principles of the Medical Home, adopted in 2007 by the nation’s leading primary care physician organizations, assert that payment to physicians should recognize the added value provided to patients in a medical home. THINC’s PCMH transformation project ideally brought together physician practices committed to practice transformation and the payers interested in seeing the promise of the medical home fulfilled–improved quality, better patient satisfaction and controlled cost.

The large-scale, multi-payer participation in the project means the benefits of the medical home extend to patients in a PCMH-recognized practice regardless of whether they have a certain type of insurance. PCMH practice transformation positively benefits all the patients served by a practice. Adoption of the medical home model was shown in a national demonstration project to improve measures of quality of care by 8.3 to 9.1 percent and measures of clinical preventive and chronic care services by 5 percent. Outcomes from independent demonstration projects across the country have produced reductions in emergency room visits of as high as 39 percent because of better care for chronic conditions, and significant cost savings.

“The process of becoming a medical home transforms the practice so it can fully utilize the tools of an electronic medical record and align the goals of the practice with the patients to improve the quality of care that the patient receives,” said Mark Foster, MD, chairman of THINC’s board and lead physician of Hudson Valley Primary Care, a participating PCMH practice. “Some of this is obtained by improved care coordination, access and more complete care. This enhanced value for patients and insurers will allow for lower medical costs in the long term as patients are receiving more preventative services on time. This project would not have been successful without the participation of multiple health plans and the assistance from THINC and Taconic IPA.”

Following on the success of its medical home incentive program, THINC, in partnership with Taconic IPA and supported by technical expertise from Geisinger Health System, seeks to bring a model of embedded care management within NCQA Level 3 patient-centered medical homes to achieve gains in efficiency and quality. Geisinger’s ProvenHealth Navigator program will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the Hudson Valley. The program will start with a small pilot at several sites with the ultimate goal of rolling out to medical home recognized primary care providers across the community. THINC believes this program will generate significant improvements in cost and quality of care for high-risk patients and will carry with it national importance in testing the applicability of such a model outside of an integrated health system.

Along with the promise of incentive payment once NCQA recognition was achieved, the health plans provided data which will be used to evaluate the project’s outcomes, part of a five-year commitment from the plans to help practices delivery enhanced care.

“The project evaluation will go beyond what the national demonstration project was able to measure, giving us information about physician satisfaction, patient satisfaction, and improvements in quality of care, which we can report in 2011,” Stuard said. “For the first time, the data set will allow us to benchmark this quality data and then look at those issues over time.” THINC partners with researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College to evaluate the outcomes of its programs.

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About the Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC)

THINC is dedicated to improving the quality, safety and efficiency of health care for the benefit of the people of the Hudson Valley region of New York. The primary purpose of THINC is to advance the use of health IT through the sponsorship of a secure health information exchange network, the adoption and use of interoperable EHRs and the implementation of population health improvement activities, including public health surveillance and reporting, pay for performance, patient centered medical home practice transformation, care coordination activities, public reporting and other quality improvement initiatives. For more information, go to www.THINC.org. THINC is part of the Hudson Valley Initiative, an effort to revolutionize health care delivery through a shared vision to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care in the community. To learn more, go to http://www.hudsonvalleyinitiative.com.

 

March 9, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

MEDecision to Release Mobile Application for Access to Clinically Validated EHR

InFrame Mobile App Enables Users to View Clinically Validated Electronic Health Records on Smartphones, Tablets and Other Devices

WAYNE, Pa. — February 15, 2011 — MEDecision, Inc., a leading provider of collaborative health management solutions, today announced that it is launching a mobile application that will enable physicians and other clinical users to access MEDecision Clinical Summaries—clinically validated electronic health records—through smartphones, electronic tablets and similar portable devices.

MEDecision offers tools to facilitate the health management and performance process for physicians and accountable care organizations (ACOs) through its InFrame™ portfolio. The latest milestone in MEDecision’s mission to increase the ubiquity of electronic medical information, the new InFrame mobile application will deliver richer, more accurate and actionable data to the point of care. It is designed to help physicians, ACOs and patient-centered medical homes manage the healthcare process for patients as they transition to different settings throughout the care continuum. The application will be available through the Apple iTunes store beginning March 30.

According to Manhattan Research Company’s 2010 “Taking the Pulse” survey, some 72 percent of U.S. physicians currently use smartphones. That figure is expected to rise to 81 percent by 2012. Additionally, many clinicians believe that mobile applications will become a major platform for healthcare users.

“Mobile applications and the devices that deliver them are the future of technology in general and health IT in particular,” said Eric Demers, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at MEDecision. “With the InFrame app, we’re putting critical health information at the fingertips of those who need it virtually anywhere at any time. It’s the perfect representation of our longstanding commitment to innovation that fosters collaboration and health information exchange, and another reason for health plans and providers to turn to MEDecision for the innovations they need to ensure better outcomes for their members and patients.”

With the MEDecision Clinical Summary, care providers have access to a summarized overview of an individual’s medical history, including: a medication list, conditions list, admissions history, an emergency room visit history, gaps in care and a list of recently-received services. MEDecision’s Nexalign® service compiles a member’s current and historical medical data from multiple sources. Analytics built on evidence-based medicine and best practices are applied to this information to create care plans and highlight treatment opportunities. This actionable insight is then delivered to care providers as a secure mobile application through InFrame.

The actionable insight within MEDecision Clinical Summaries can help reduce duplicative testing, facilitate more appropriate medication therapies, reduce admissions, and lower costs. Most importantly, MEDecision Clinical Summaries help care providers to make vital decisions based on more complete and consistent patient information.

MEDecision will demonstrate the InFrame mobile application in its booth (#2563) at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HiMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition February 20-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

For more information about MEDecision, please visit www.MEDecision.com. Follow the company on Twitter at @MEDecision and on Facebook at www.MEDecision.com/Facebook.

About MEDecision

MEDecision offers collaborative health management solutions that provide a way for payers and providers to harness the power of knowledge to enable the best clinical decisions, engage patients and improve health outcomes. Designed around a patient-aware health management philosophy, MEDecision’s solutions include Alineo®, a health management platform for delivering outcome-driven case, disease, utilization and behavioral health management; InFrame™, a set of tools to facilitate the health and performance management processes for physicians and accountable care organizations; and Nexalign®, MEDecision’s health decision support service that applies analytics to information gathered from multiple sources to foster better business and clinical decisions on a patient’s behalf. For more information, visit www.MEDecision.com.

February 15, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.