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Texas Health Resources Receives Medicare Incentive Payments for Electronic Health Record|
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has received more than $19.5 million in Medicare incentive payments for meeting first stage “meaningful use” criteria for implementation and use of its electronic health record (EHR). The health system is one of the first nationwide to receive the payments, established by the federal government to encourage health care providers to adopt EHRs to advance quality and patient safety.
Eleven Texas Health hospitals received the payments from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for demonstrating they have met requirements for the incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Texas Health began implementation of its EHR in 2006. The system’s EHR has set the pace for hospitals nationwide in areas such as physician adoption of computerized physician order entry (CPOE), proven to help reduce medication errors. Texas Health’s physician CPOE adoption rate of approximately 90 percent places the system among the national leaders. Texas Health has invested more than $200 million in its EHR, which contains more than 4.7 million patient records.
“We are delighted to be recognized for our work of the past five years to improve quality and patient safety through our electronic health record,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, Texas Health’s chief executive officer. “Patients across North Texas and nationwide have benefitted from this dynamic technology that has the potential to reduce medical errors, enhance quality of patient care and reduce costs.
“We’re also honored to be at the forefront of the federal process for recognition of this vital technology. As early adopters of the EHR, we began implementation long before the incentive payment programs began, but appreciate the opportunity for recognition,” said Hawthorne.
The hospitals that received payments for effective use of EHR technology to enhance patient care and safety are:
To demonstrate “meaningful use” of the EHR under the federal government requirements, Texas Health was required to fulfill five components for certification, ranging from improving quality, safety, and efficiency of care to engaging patients and their families and coordinating care across multiple providers, said Edward Marx, Texas Health’s chief information officer.
In addition to the federal Medicare recognition, Texas Health also expects to receive payments under the Texas Medicaid EHR incentives program.
“Through dedication and teamwork between patients, our staff and physicians, we’ve become a national leader in EHR development and implementation,” said Marx.
For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.