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Sage Healthcare clients achieve meaningful use – receive EHR incentive payments

May 26, 2011

Several medical practices that use Sage’s electronic health record system are included in the first group to attest to meaningful use and receive payment under the federal government’s health IT incentive program.

Multi-specialty practice Old Hook Medical Associates in Emerson, New Jersey, attested that its implementation of the Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition of EHRs met the government’s criteria on April 19, a day after the option was opened.

“Old Hook Medical Associates has been using technology to enhance the satisfaction of our patients and providers and to assist us in delivering quality care for several years,” said Dr. Edward Gold, a physician at OHMA and the group’s president. Gold added that the meaningful use program built on the practice’s efforts, helped providers see improved outcomes across the healthcare system and raised the bar for the early adopters of EHR systems. “That’s the goal and it’s very positive to see progress being made toward reaching it.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the incentive program as part of the national push to increase health IT use under healthcare reform. The meaningful use program – which aims to encourage adoption and increase quality and coordination of care – is currently in the first stage of the three-stage process.

The EHR version used by OHMA, the Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition, is on the government’s list of certified products, and offers all the required functions neccessary for meeting Stage One under meaningful use: electronic health records, reporting capabilities, practice management and a web-based patient portal that enables patients to securely communicate with their doctors and access health information and lab results, schedule appointments and request prescription refills.

Dr. Donald E. Moore, a physician running a primary care practice in Brooklyn, New York, also recently received an incentive payment, after attesting on May 4.

Moore said that meaningful use gave direction for providers and software vendors alike as they try to improve system functions and achieve interoperability. “As a physician that meaningfully uses an electronic medical record, I have become a more knowledgeable clinician and communicate more effectively. As a result, I can better serve my patients,” he added.

Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition
The Meaningful Use Edition is a comprehensive suite of technology, services, and support delivers everything needed to make your transition to EHR successful. Learn more about it by:

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