Three critical access hospitals in Texas have crossed the meaningful use finish line, qualifying for their share of the government’s $27 billion incentive fund. Parkview Hospital, Stonewall Memorial Hospital and Throckmorton County Memorial Hospital successfully broke the tape ahead of the pack using an electronic health records system (EHR) from Prognosis Health Information Systems.
“We originally started exploring electronic health records and implemented the solution because it was the right thing to do for our patients and for our hospital from a clinical and operational standpoint,” said Ann Fagan-Cook, CEO at Parkview, a 16-bed hospital in Wheeler, Texas. “But I was so happy to be one of the first hospitals to get that official notification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services saying that we ‘won.’ The fact that we have now qualified for incentive funds is simply the icing on the cake.”
To qualify under the Medicare program, the hospitals demonstrated 90 consecutive days of meaningful use of certified EHR technology through the submission of data for 14 mandatory core set objectives and five out of 10 menu set objectives as well as required clinical quality measures via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Attestation System.
A meaningful use dashboard in the ChartAccess® Comprehensive EHR enabled the hospitals to continually monitor their progress in relation to the various measures that they had to meet to verify meaningful use. The tool made it possible to move through the qualification process efficiently. [Read more…]