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Echo customer first in Ohio to receive Meaningful Use payment

August 2, 2011
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D & E Counseling Center in Youngstown, Ohio, has received $21,500 by attesting to first year meaningful use regulations under the ARRA HITECH Act EHR incentive program.
They are thought to be the second behavioral health organization in the United States and the first behavioral health organization in Ohio to qualify for these funds designed to promote the use of electronic health records (EHR).

D & E offers services focused on children at three locations including a recreational therapeutic camp. Their work with children and adults includes general outpatient counseling, psychiatry, community support, crisis intervention, early childhood services, school-based services and intensive outpatient programming.

D & E Counseling has worked with The Echo Group’s Clinician’s Desktop and Revenue Manager Software for a number of years and was able to utilize data from Echo’s completely certified electronic health record and billing system to address reporting requirements for funding.

Joe Shorokey, D & E’s Clinical Services Director stated he attended several web seminars hosted by Echo in preparing to apply for funding and that the process was relatively easy for his organization.

“It was approximately an eight-week process from the initial application to receiving payment. We reported encounter data collected through Echo’s software for several 90 day periods to demonstrate that we qualified by delivering an adequate level of Medicaid funded services”, stated Shorokey, “The State requested additional details several times and we were able to provide them with the necessary data from our Echo database.”

He went on to say that his organization was already collecting many of the data elements required by meaningful use regulations, such as vital signs, and saw a smooth transition to adopting the meaningful use requirements.

“We utilize Echo’s product through the cloud and look forward to using incentive funding to upgrade technology for community based staff including new laptops and licenses of a new Echo product called travelEHR to provide mobile EHR functionality.”

“Here at Echo we believe our customers represent the leading behavioral health organizations in America,” said Joe Viger, Vice President of Business Development at The Echo Group. “This is validated by now having two customers receive EHR incentive funding.

D & E is certainly one of those organizations leading the way with not only progressive management, but also innovative programming for children. This is a great example and inspiration for Echo’s 100+ customers in the Ohio and other customers nationwide.”

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