Children’s Clinic of Muskogee, Okla. has qualified for maximum 2011 meaningful use funds within the Medicaid incentive pathway. Administered through the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Children’s Clinic is scheduled to receive $21,250 per its four eligible providers (EPs) Feb. 23 during day four of this year’s HIMSS11 conference. Children’s Clinic has secured meaningful use funding through its utilization of Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.’s integrated electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solution PrimeSUITE®.
Children’s Clinic, the nation’s first pediatrics practice to qualify for meaningful use funds, is set to receive one of the country’s largest meaningful use incentives thus far in 2011. Children’s Clinic EPs have been utilizing PrimeSUITE’s custom templating and integrated clinical, financial and administrative functions since July 2010 through an implementation facilitated by Greenway’s Oklahoma-based business alliance partner R&D MedTech.
Children’s Clinic provider Michael Stratton, DO, said the practice anticipated the successful receipt of incentive funds upon PrimeSUITE implementation and the understanding of the eligibility provisions of the separate Medicaid and Medicare meaningful use incentives pathways.
“We expect PrimeSUITE to qualify for ongoing stimulus funds, and we do plan to continue reporting in the future. This funding will pay for our system and maintenance, and I think this is a good use of stimulus funds,” said Stratton. “PrimeSUITE has benefited our practice in many ways. Our patient records are more clear and precise, and I know the patients like it because their experience here also flows better. Our lab orders come back faster and patients don’t have to wait for immunizations to be drawn up as before. Much of what they need is done before the patient leaves the room. For the providers, our coding aspect is much improved. It’s really been a user-friendly solution.”
Nearly a dozen states have opened individual registration programs for eligible professionals (EPs) simply adopting, implementing or upgrading certified EHRs to receive $21,250 per provider in year-one meaningful use funds. Registration for remaining states participating in the Medicaid incentives program will continue throughout 2011.
“We are very pleased at Greenway that providers within our physician practice customer base across the nation are communicating to us the receipt of incentive funds. We have been confident that our ONC-ATCB certified functionality befitting Medicaid and Medicare pathways would meet meaningful use registration, reporting and attestation requirements,” said Greenway® President and CEO Tee Green.
“As our providers increasingly receive incentive funds throughout 2011 and beyond, it’s important to understand that the meaningful use program is a foundational approach to the establishment of a truly sustainable, truly advanced healthcare system that can improve patient outcomes through greater data analysis, clinical decision support and information sharing that bridges clinical, financial and administrative tasks,” Green added. “That is what we signed up for.”
Individual EPs in the Medicaid pathway can receive up to $63,750 in incentive funds over six years. Following the declaration criteria for year-one incentives, Medicaid EPs with applicable patient volumes are only required to report meaningful use patient care criteria for 90 days in 2012 to receive maximum year-two incentives during the Stage 1 requirements of the program.
“This incentive program is imperative to building up a quality healthcare service system for the future,” said Oklahoma Health Information Technology Coordinator John Calabro. “Giving EPs the necessary capital to get electronic health records up and going has been a long time coming.”
“We congratulate Children’s Clinic in this accomplishment,” said Jonathan Kolarik, director for health information technology with the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality. “As the Regional Extension Center providing technical support to help the clinic meet the incentive requirements, we recognize their enthusiasm and commitment to moving health information technology forward and improving health care in Oklahoma.”
National registration for the separate Medicare incentive pathway for all EPs began Jan. 3, which in this pathway requires only the 90-day reporting period within the 2011 calendar year to receive maximum year-one incentive funds, which over five years can total $44,000 per provider within any size practice.