St. Claire Regional Family Medicine Receives Award for Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Record
Award presented by Andrew Bledsoe, NeKy RHIO (pictured) and Kayla Rose, Executive Director NeKy RHIO (not shown) to SCR Family Medicine staff, Linda Griggs, Informatics Analyst, Mary Jane Humkey, Medical Director, Janet Stewart, Clinic Coordinator/RN and Charlotte Walker, Clinic Operations Director (not shown)
The Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization (NeKY RHIO) nominated St. Claire Regional (SCR) Family Medicine to receive an award at the 2012 Kentucky eHealth Summit in Lexington. SCR Family Medicine was recognized for being a leader in achieving “Meaningful Use” of electronic health records (EHR) and a valued member of NeKy RHIO. Seven medical practices were nominated from the NeKy RHIO region.
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) established incentives for hospitals and medical practices to become early adopters of an EHR system. This legislation linked the use of electronic health record systems to Medicaid/Medicare payments, with compensation reductions beginning in 2015 for practices that have not implemented an EHR. As part of ARRA, practices and hospitals who prove meaningful use by meeting a strict set of requirements will receive reimbursement payments to offset the software and hardware expense of moving to an EHR.
SCR Family Medicine began implementing an EHR in 2007, even before federal mandates required it. To date, SCR Family Medicine has received $552,500 for meeting Meaningful Use Stage I and is on target to meet Stage II by 2014.
For patients, the integrated EHR used by the SCR Family Medicine network has improved the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare by having each patient’s full medical record available at all five locations and at the hospital.
St. Claire Regional Family Medicine has clinic locations in Bath, Carter, Elliott, Menifee and Rowan counties. To schedule an appointment with a location near you please contact (606) 783-6814.