Nashville, Tenn. — Qualifacts Systems Inc., has announced that Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio received $170,000 in 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 Newark, Ohio-based community mental health organization received the reassigned incentive payments for its eight Eligible Professionals.
Behavioral Healthcare Partners went live on Qualifacts’ certified Complete EHR CareLogic Enterprise last year. The promise of incentive payments initially prompted the agency’s EHR project, but they see the integration of the full spectrum of patient care as the real benefit.
“With our EHR we’re already performing better than we ever have, and we have an internal process in place to make sure our EPs are ready to meet the measures,” says Teresa Heim, billing supervisor for Behavioral Healthcare Partners. “But implementing the meaningful use measures is just one step in our organization’s participation in the changes occurring in healthcare.”
Behavioral Healthcare Partners has long been an advocate of person-centered services. As evidence of their commitment to this standard, the organization has been voluntarily accredited by CARF under its Behavioral Health Standards since January 2005. Through some analysis by their Continuous Quality Improvement Director Jennifer Turnes, who is also a certified and active CARF Surveyor, they were able to quickly assess that the objectives of Meaningful Use closely aligned with the standards of CARF as well as their own commitment to person-centered services for the people they serve.
“To get to a fully integrated healthcare system that positively impacts patient care, behavioral health has to be involved,” says Turnes. “Behavioral health affects physical health—it’s the whole picture, and working toward meaningful use of EHRs and beyond is the best move for our clients.”
Behavioral Healthcare Partners doesn’t see their participation in Meaningful Use as an inconvenience but rather as further extension of their organization’s core values and mission.
“They not only talk the talk but as evidenced by both their CARF accreditation and early participation in the EHR incentive programs, they walk the walk,” says Mary Givens, meaningful use program manager for Qualifacts.
The CareLogic Enterprise EHR, certification number CC-1112-984260-3, is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified as a Complete EHR on March 22, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. The additional software CareLogic Enterprise relied upon to demonstrate compliance includes: Emdeon Clinician v7.
Qualifacts is the largest Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of EHR and billing systems for behavioral health and human services providers. The company’s web-based, CareLogic Enterprise service includes comprehensive, integrated clinical, financial, reporting and administrative information management capabilities, which improve clinical workflow, revenue cycle management and operational transparency. For additional information visit www.qualifacts.com or call (615) 386-6755.
About Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio
Behavioral Healthcare Partners is a private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization that provides integrated mental health and addiction treatment services for youth, adults and families. In July of 2010, Moundbuilders Guidance Center and Kraner Behavioral Health merged to become the leading and most comprehensive provider of behavioral healthcare services in the community. For more information visit www.bhcpartners.org or call (877) 593-6330.