Nashville, Tenn. —Qualifacts Systems Inc., announced that six Eligible Professionals with LifeCare Family Services received their 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 Nashville-based community mental health organization received the reassigned incentive payments totaling $127,500 for its six Eligible Professionals. LifeCare selected Qualifacts’ certified Complete EHR CareLogic Enterprise in February, and the agency successfully completed the four-month implementation of their enterprise EHR in July.
“We had pursued an EHR in the past, but the technology was cost-prohibitive,” says Sean McPherson, operations administrator for LifeCare. “The Meaningful Use funds eliminated that barrier to adoption.
“Now that we have implemented, we’re concentrating on meaningfully using the technology and ensuring we qualify for maximum incentives throughout the life of the program,” says McPherson. “Because the goals and measures of the program are well aligned with our own goals, our agency’s continued participation just makes sense.”
Behavioral health providers (like LifeCare) who engage in the EHR incentive programs early on in the implementation process can take advantage of the opportunity to integrate the measures of Meaningful Use into their day to day workflows right from the beginning.
“It’s so much easier for the providers if the workflows needed to meet the measures of meaningful use are seamlessly woven into their day to day processes starting from the first day of using an electronic health record.” says Mary Givens, meaningful use program manager for Qualifacts. “Including participation in the EHR incentive programs as part of the implementation of your EHR is just more efficient and effective.”
“With six EPs, LifeCare’s first year Medicaid incentive payment covered more than 100 percent of their out-of-pocket implementation costs,” says David Klements, president and CEO of Qualifacts. “This is a straightforward example of a behavioral health provider that knew they needed an EHR to participate in the broader healthcare system and used the current incentives to overcome the ‘cost’ barrier, which is often cited as the number one reason for not implementing enterprise EHR technology.”
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