Qualifacts Systems has announced that Sound Community Services received $106,250 in reassigned Medicaid incentive dollars for attesting to the Adoption/Implementation/or Upgrade to a certified electronic health record as part of the Meaningful Use program. The New London, Conn.-based community mental health organization received the incentive payments on behalf of its five eligible professionals.
When Qualifacts’ CareLogic Enterprise received certification as a Complete EHR earlier this year, Sound Community Services’ EHR was automatically upgraded to the certified version, and they were eager to begin pursuing the incentive payments for their eligible professionals.
“In the first stage of the Medicaid incentive program, all we had to do is attest to our adoption of certified electronic health record technology, which was automatic with our CareLogic Enterprise system,” says Cindy Kirchhoff, EMBA, CFO of Sound Community Services. “We were able to get all of the data we needed to determine the Medicaid threshold for our Eligible Professionals out of the system, and we know based on that data that we’re well set up for being ready for the next stage.”
Sound Community Services is just one customer of Qualifacts that has already received their Meaningful Use incentive dollars.
“Sound is a great example of how our customer agencies are well-positioned to participate in the EHR meaningful use incentive programs – to the tune of over $600,000 total received so far,” says Mary Givens, meaningful use program manager for Qualifacts.
“Because Sound has used our SaaS-based system for years, they were able to easily calculate the Medicaid patient volume of the encounters captured in CareLogic Enterprise to determine eligibility for each of their eligible professionals.”
Sound Community Services is already preparing to attest to the upcoming stages of Meaningful Use to take advantage of all possible incentives.
“This additional funding source is more than worth the time investment in the process,” says Kirchhoff. “We’re already looking toward functionality required in the future – electronic sharing of information with other facilities and patient access to information, in particular – and how it aligns with our goals of patient-centered care.”
Givens concurs: “As we have said before, the incentive payments are great but the real point is the clients served by Sound are already benefitting from the meaningful use of a certified EHR."