Implementing an EMR Compatible with ARRA

Health care today is more sophisticated, with greater cost pressures and operational complexity than ever before. Health care providers need secure access to reliable, real-time and easy-to-use information technology that enables them to obtain and manage patient histories and other clinical resources to improve productivity and patient care while reducing costs.

INHS provides solutions that address these needs while simplifying and reducing the cost of EMR adoption so health care providers can more easily achieve "meaningful use" for EMR Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). We listen to our customers and deliver innovative technology and services you will trust and value. Our complete EMR solution includes licenses, training and implementation, hosting and continued support of Centricity EMR along with the ancillary products such as scanning and imaging, forms(many specialty templates are built), faxing, secure email, ePrescribe, patient portal, etc.

  • A hosted and secure EMR alternative to dedicated, on-premise EMR solutions
  • Make EMR adoption easier by eliminating the need to purchase, deploy, and maintain hardware and software onsite
  • Reduce up-front capital requirements, reduces the burden of systems management for IT staff, and will assist in the challenge of achieving "meaningful use" as being defined in the ARRA
  • Simplify data management by storing patient records, images and other information in a secure private environment
  • Reduce capital outlay and total cost of ownership with a professional highly trained experienced staff

INHS simplifies the provisioning and scaling of health information systems, including servers and storage, by using standardized private virtual computing environments reducing expenses by aligning technology to business needs. The INHS physician team provides fully-integrated IT solutions with the best-in-class IBM technology and services solutions to provide desktop, storage, and server solutions for hospitals, health systems and physician practices - hosted in a secure state of the art data center.

Under the ARRA, physicians will be reimbursed for up to $44,000 for "demonstrating use of a qualified EHR in a meaningful manner" over five years.  To capture the full amount, install by 2011:

 

 

 
2011 


2012

 
2013 

 
2014 


2015 


Total 

 2011 

 $18,000 

 $12,000 

 $8,000 

 $4,000 

 $2,000 

 $44,000

 2012 

 $         - 

 $18,000 

 $12,000 

 $8,000 

 $4,000 

 $42,000

 2013 

 $         - 

 $          - 

 $15,000 

 $12,000 

 $8,000 

 $35,000

 2014 

 $         - 

 $          - 

 $          - 

 $15,000 

 $12,000 

 $27,000

2015

$         - 

$          - 

 $          - 

 $          -  

 $          - 

 $          -

 

Penalties for not adopting begin in 2015 so implementing soon is key:

 

 Penalties for Not Adopting
(based on Medicare reimburesement) 

 Year   Penalty 
 2015  99%
 2016  98%
 2017  97%
 Beyond  95 to 96%

 

Note: Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for significant hardships (e.g., rural practices without sufficient internet access) 

INHS Provides a ARRA-Qualified EHR
The INHS EMR system meets the requirements of the ARRA and can start implementation for your office right away.

  • Includes patient demographics and clinical information
  • Has the capability to:
    • Provide clinical decision support
    • Support physician order entry
    • Capture and query information relevant to health care quality
    • Exchange , and integrate, electronic health information with other sources
  • Meets the requirements of "meaningful use"
    • Uses electronic prescribing
    • Connects to electronically exchanges health information
    • Submits information on selected clinical quality measures

For more information:

 

Joe Gellatly
Assistant Director
(509) 462-3441
 

 

 

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