Southwest Family Physicians take Advantage of Incentive Program
AUSTIN, TX — eMDs, the provider of the nation’s most highly rated electronic health record (EHR), announced that providers at Southwest Family Physicians, Drs. Mark Woodruff and William Weeks, were among the first physicians in the state of Nebraska to attest for Meaningful Use and receive federal funds from the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for their efforts. The doctors were recently recognized by Nebraska’s Lt. Governor, Rick Sheehy and Wide River Technology Extension Center (TEC), for their leadership in the transition to EHRs. Drs. Woodruff and Weeks have been providing medical care to families in the Omaha area since 1984 and have been eMDs clients since 2009.
The Medicare EHR Incentive Program provides eligible professionals and hospitals with financial incentives when they demonstrate Meaningful Use of a certified EHR. The physicians will each receive an initial $18,000 incentive payment from CMS for demonstrating Meaningful Use with eMDs Solution Series EHR. Provider payments can amount to $44,000 through Medicare or $63,750 through Medicaid over the life of the initiative.
Southwest Family Physicians were connected with eMDs software and support team through Wide River TEC, a designated regional extension center by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Together eMDs and Wide River TEC assisted Southwest Family Physicians by supporting the clinic’s efforts to become meaningful users of EHRs. Through an advisory role, Wide River TEC brings local expertise and support to primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals in Nebraska for successful EHR adoption.
Dr. Weeks and Dr. Woodruff will serve as local leaders and advisors in the nation’s transition toward an electronically‐ enabled health care system as members of the Meaningful Use Vanguard (MUV). MUV is an initiative of ONC and is designed to honor, thank and bring together clinicians who have successfully made the transition to EHRs.
“We have long seen the benefits of EHRs and have been watching the product mature and improve for many years. Over 2 years ago, we drafted some goals for an EHR and began a methodical search for our system. We decided on eMDs from Austin, TX and we went live in October 2009. With careful planning, I thought our conversion went very well. Our staff and providers all bought into the process and we were unified in making it a success. We have seen greater efficiencies in accessing records both in and outside of the office. Our records and patient care has improved dramatically since implementation,” said Dr. Mark Woodruff, Southwest Family Physicians.
“We have been very pleased to see how quickly so many of our providers have successfully achieved MU across the nation,” stated Michael Stearns, MD, President and CEO of eMDs. “To their credit, the majority of our providers were already using their EHRs in ways that often exceeded the Meaningful Use requirements. We are looking forward to Stages 2 and 3 and beyond, as this will allow us to achieve many of the benefits of health information technology that will have the greatest impact on patient care.”
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