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Providence Medical Center Attests to Meaningful Use

Posted: 07 November, 2012

     Providence Medical Center (PMC) in Wayne is being counted among the initial wave of hospitals to attest to meaningful use of their certified EHR technology under the government’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program.
     On October 16th, PMC successfully attested to its meaningful use, meeting the criteria the Center for Medicare
Services (CMS) set out in its EHR Incentive Programfor Stage I, putting the hospital in a position to qualify for its share of the $27 billion in funds coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
     PMC’s attestation process started with registering PMC in the CMS program in April of this year, and included a 90 day reporting period which began July 3rd and ended September 30th.  “On October 16th, we went online and attested that we indeed met the criteria for passing Stage I of Meaningful Use,” says Kathy Jasa, Business Officeand Medical Records Supervisor. “Our next steps involve submitting a cost report with CMS, specific to costs related to implementing the EHR, and continuing with yearly attestations.  In 2014, we will be required to attestto Stage 2 of meaningful use,” said Jasa. “Each year we have the opportunity to be reimbursed by CMS for costsrelated to the EHR, provided we continue to meet the ongoing requirements for EHR implementation and useage,” she said.
      “Successful attestation positions Providence Medical Center as a leader, when compared to progress being made by other providers,” said Thomas J. Lee, FACHE, Administrator.  “Our staff has worked diligently for the past few years developing and implementing an extensive work plan with the goal of meeting Federal requirements specific to electronic health record technology, connectivity and clinical quality measure reporting.  I am extremely proud of their dedication and collaboration efforts,” he said. 

l. to r. Thom Johnson and Jane Stotts, Wide River Technology Extension Center, Lincoln; Brittany Peters, PMC Project Manager; Kathy Jasa, PMC Business Office and Medical Records Supervisor; Wendi Dwinell, PMC Project Manager; and Thomas J. Lee, FACHE, hospital Administrator.


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