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What FQHCs are looking for in an EHR

A strong electronic health record (EHR) core is important in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. It’s especially critical for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which provide “safety net” health care in underserved communities. The United States has more than 1,000 FQHCs operating in 6,000 locations. These are community health centers and programs serving uninsured or underinsured populations such as migrant workers, public housing residents and the homeless. They helped an estimated 20 million patients in 2010. FQHCs must make the most of every investment – including health IT – to serve their communities. We recently interviewed team members from Delaware Health Net (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.), a network of 11 FQHCs, about the network’s healthy EHR core. Using Allscripts solutions, member FQHCs have improved clinical results, met Meaningful Use and earned an estimated $6.3 million in incentive funding. You can see highlights […]

We have a great client community at Allscripts. People are often willing to share best practices and outcomes. Because when we exchange ideas and experiences, we help each other deliver the highest quality care, as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. We recently sat down with Family Medical Center (Seymour, Indiana, USA) to learn more about how it is using several of our solutions, including Allscripts Professional EHRTM, Allscripts Practice ManagementTM, Allscripts PayerPathTM and FollowMyHealth® patient engagement portal. They’ve achieved great results. You can learn more about Family Medical Center’s success in a recent case study. Editor’s Note: On June 3, 2015 we removed outdated supplemental material.

Craig Dreher, chief information officer at Mercy Health System (Portland, ME, U.S.A.), recently observed, “In the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) environment, you have to do everything exactly right. You get paid only if you meet certain measurements. Can you imagine applying those standards in other places, like the airline industry?” That’s an interesting thought. Instead of a set price in advance for each flight, what if airlines could only receive payment upon meeting certain measurements? The flight must take off and land on time. Gauges must prove that the plane used correct amounts of fuel and oil. The pilot reports in a timely and precise manner to air traffic control. This is what is being asked of medicine. What if consumer behavior also contributed to whether or not airlines receive payment? All passengers must stow their carry-on baggage safely and […]

Virdee Medical (Hornell, NY, U.S.A), a busy private pediatric practice, left paper charts behind when it implemented a hosted Allscripts solution in 2010. After migrating to hosted Allscripts Professional EHR and Allscripts Practice Management in 2013, the practice improved performance in many ways, as shared in a recent case study. 1)      No hassling with servers “We live in a physician community and saw the challenges many of our colleagues had with servers,” said Maninder Virdee, practice manager at Virdee Medical. “They constantly had to upgrade. We just did not want that responsibility.” 2)      Helps meet regulatory requirements “In the first year of having the solution, we have attested for Meaningful Use Stage 1,” said Virdee. “The hosted solution played a big part in that, especially the security risk analysis. It was much simpler than if I would have had my own […]

A pilot program to improve primary care is showing signs of success at SAMA Healthcare, a family practice serving southern Arkansas. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) selected SAMA as one of 497 practices to participate in its Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI). Funding from the program enabled SAMA to make several improvements, including new color-coordinated care teams.   What the CMS is doing to improve primary care CPCI is a four-year pilot project. It is a collaboration among public and private payers to strengthen primary care. By investing more in primary care practices, the partners hope to achieve better health, better care and lower healthcare costs. The CPCI aims to improve primary care in two ways: 1)      Practice redesign. These providers must comprehensively address five primary care functions: risk-stratified care, access and continuity, population health management, patient engagement, […]