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Rural CO Hospital to Use MEDHOST EHR for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

Mt. San Rafael Hospital will use MEDHOST EHR to meet Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements in 2017.

Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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By Kate Monica

- A critical access hospital (CAH) in Colorado recently met the requirements to successfully attest for Stage 3 meaningful use in 2017 using MEDHOST EHR.

Mt. San Rafael Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in the country to attest for Stage 3 meaningful use when CMS begins accepting attestations in January of 2018.

The rural hospital uses MEDHOST’s 2015 edition ONC certified EHR technology (CEHRT) as well as its business intelligence solution, patient portal, and patient engagement module.

While attesting for stage 3 meaningful use is not set to become a mandatory requirement for hospitals until January 2019, Mt. San Raphael has chosen to meet stage 3 requirements in 2017 as part of an effort to encourage other hospitals to implement new technology and workflows.

"The state of the digital transformation of Mt. San Rafael Hospital over the past few years has been truly humbling and amazing, Mt. San Rafael has worked hard to be ready to attest in January 2018 for Meaningful Use Stage 3, and I am very proud of our continued commitment to meeting regulatory requirements early," said Mt. San Raphael Hospital Director of Information Technology Services and HIPAA & Information Security Officer Michael Archuleta.

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Historically, preparing to meet meaningful use requirements has been especially challenging for rural hospitals, specialty practices, and CAHs. The administrative burden that accompanies meaningful use requirements often puts a strain on already-overworked physicians and staff members at smaller healthcare organizations.

"Meeting meaningful use is challenging and takes overwhelming commitment from the entire organization,” said Archuleta. “Workflow redesign, clinical documentation improvement, and training are just the beginning, and using the system in a meaningful way throughout the organization is the key to success in providing exceptional quality and safety of patient care.”

Mt. San Rafael is a 25-bed CAH offering medical and surgical services to residents in the town of Trinidad as well as patients in surrounding areas.

“Commitment from the Mt. San Rafael Board of Directors and Administration combined with the strong collaboration with physicians, nurses, clinical staff, Information Technology Services, and our business partnership with MEDHOST have made Mt. San Rafael Hospital a leader in utilizing technology to improve care in our community,” Archuleta concluded.

PA Skilled Nursing Facility Selects CPSI-Owned EHR System

Barnes-Kasson County Hospital recently selected CPSI-owned American HealthTech (AHT) EHR to provide a cloud-based, comprehensive health records system for its skilled nursing facility.

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The Pennsylvania-based hospital already utilizes CPSI’s Evident EHR solution Thrive in the hospital and clinic setting. With the implementation of AHT EHR, Barnes-Kasson will further extend its partnership with the health IT company.

“With the looming government requirements of participation, we needed an EHR that was developed specifically to meet our skilled nursing needs,” said Barnes-Kasson Administrator Michelle Taylor. “The fact that we will have integration between our acute, ambulatory and post-acute care settings will help ensure a smoother transition, but most importantly, a positive experience for our patients.”

According to Taylor, Barnes-Kasson healthcare providers played an active role in the EHR selection process and viewed product demonstrations before ultimately opting for the CPSI AHT solution.

“Working with one partner across all of our care settings is a real advantage to us,” Taylor stated. “The breadth and depth of the EHR solutions, along with the hosting services, allows us to focus on what we do best — serving our rural community with quality care in a friendly, caring atmosphere.”

In addition to its skilled nursing facility, Barnes-Kasson also provides inpatient, clinic, 24-hour emergency, and rehabilitation services.

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“Partnering with communities like Barnes-Kasson County is very rewarding for all of us at CPSI,” said CPSI President and CEO Boyd Douglas. “We understand that rural healthcare providers and leaders wear many hats in order to deliver quality healthcare to their friends, family and neighbors.”  

ModuleMD EHR Earns 2015 Edition health IT certification

Drummond Group recently awarded ModuleMD’s EHR solution with 2015 edition ONC health IT certification to help users meet federal reporting requirements.

By earning 2015 edition health IT certification, ModuleMD can assist users with attesting for the advancing care information (ACI) category of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA. Additionally, the certification will help eligible professionals and clinicians attest for stage 3 meaningful use.

“The certification awarded to ModuleMD today marks the successful completion of testing of all our modules under the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification and includes the features and support needed for ACI under MIPS and MACRA,” said ModuleMD Chief Operating Officer Lloyd Williams.

ModuleMD’s EHR solution — ModuleMD WISE — is an integrated suite of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications including practice management, EHR, revenue management, and patient engagement solutions.

As an ONC Authorized Certification Body (ACB), Drummond Group has also awarded 2015 edition ONC certifications to Greenway Health and GE Healthcare. 

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