Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR customers:
Jon Zimmerman,VP & GM of Clinical Business Solutions,and Peter Kinhan,VP& GM of Ambulatory Practice Solutions,invite you to attend our next Customer State of the Union webinar on Thursday, October 2,2014. This replaces the webinar that was previously scheduled for September 29.
We’ll provide an update on Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR service packs and releases, share important information about new offerings,and provide an update on Clinical Quality Reporting. Our panel of experts wil lalso be available to address your questions.
Customer State of the Union Address
DATE: October 2,2014
TIME: 10-11AM PDT | 1-2PM EDT
WebEx Registration Link
Registration will be required to join the event.We will record the meeting and post it to the service portal for those who cannot attend live.
We hope you will join us.
Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions
GE Healthcare IT
GE Healthcare has shared the attached document announcing the details of the Quality Submission Services (QSS) program for PQRS 2014 submission, a service available to members of the Medical Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC). The program submits your providers’ performance data directly to sponsoring agencies, allowing individual providers to apply for incentive payment and possibly avoid significant negative payment adjustments for 2016 when participation in the program meets key thresholds.
With providers specializing in neurosurgery, pain management, physical medicine & rehabilitation, and physical therapy, Spine Team Texas required a practice management system as comprehensive as the care they offer to patients. They selected CentricityTM Practice Management before opening in 2004, added EMR in 2007 and have been using both ever since. When it came time to choose an EMR solution, Centricity was again a natural choice. The practice wanted more efficient, legible charts without the high costs of transcription.
Based on the large number of providers and clinical support staff members, it made sense to use a tag-team approach to implementation. The Quatris Health implementation team trained a small group of staff, who in turn trained the rest of the staff. The practice carefully selected an inhouse implementation team that included the doctors. With the doctors supporting the efforts, the practice knew they would have a successful outcome.
Most of the doctors maintained their patient load during the entire implementation process. Before the EMR, Spine Team averaged 145 patients per day, and they were able to maintain the same visit count during and after the implementation.
Spine Team also utilizes the Quatris Health secure cloud services. This enables them to focus on the practice and enjoy the benefits of Centricity, instead of having to install, configure or maintain an internal server.
Spine Team has been incredibly satisfied with Centricity Practice Solution. They have automated 100% of the charts, saving valuable time. All clinical workflows have been improved, which has allowed Spine Team to run its practice more efficiently. They have continued to grow their busy practice and maintain current staffing levels. In 2017, nine of Spine Team’s physicians were named to Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s annual “Top Doctors” list.
With the combination of integrated PM and EMR software, carefully coordinated implementation and a team-driven approach, Quatris Health helped Spine Team Texas become a better practice.
Central Texas Allergy & Asthma Center (CTAAC) is a single-provider clinic managed by Dr. Robert Cook and his wife, practice administrator Cheryl Cook. The Cooks have been using Centricity™ Practice Management since 2001, but didn’t start to explore EMR until several years later. By 2007, they were eager to implement more efficient charting methods, and to get a head start on the Affordable Care Act’s Meaningful Use requirements. CTAAC’s prior experience with Centricity, in addition to Quatris Health’s experience with supporting practices through Meaningful Use attestation, helped make Centricity EMR a clear choice.
The Cooks understood that the transition to electronic medical records (EMR) would require careful planning, but they were up to the challenge. The Quatris Health team introduced Cheryl to the EMR software through a demo database before the system was implemented, which allowed her to develop customized forms ahead of time. A trainer from Quatris helped the rest of the staff learn Centricity basics as well as how to use the customized forms developed just for CTAAC.
Once the staff had adjusted to electronic charting, they began scanning in existing patient charts using Ideal Image, a document management system that seamlessly integrates with Centricity. Dr. Cook decided to reduce his patient schedule for the first two weeks of implementation, but quickly got back to seeing a full patient load.
Within six months, Cheryl noticed the piles of physical charts dwindling, along with the costs associated with pulling, organizing and storing patient charts. Thanks to Centricity, ePrescribing and Ideal Image, CTAAC eliminated down-coding and saved between $30,000 and $40,000 in payroll. Communication within the staff improved now that all of the information was synchronized. After three years, CTAAC is proud to say it’s a truly paperless practice. “Even the patients are impressed by how efficient we are,” says Cheryl.
With the combination of integrated software, carefully planned implementation and training, and responsive support, Quatris Health helped Central Texas Allergy & Asthma Center become a better practice.