Medicare Accountable Care Organization Selects eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Records Solution to Assist with Clinical and Financial Goals
WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—May 7, 2013—eClinicalWorks®, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, today announces that Amarillo Legacy Medical ACO (ALMA), the first Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the Texas Panhandle, has selected eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record™ (CCMR) for advancing its ACO objectives, coordinating care across the continuum as well as evaluating population health and quality improvement activities. ALMA is a partnership of more than 100 providers across multiple independent medical practices who deliver care in primary care and multiple specialty settings. Patients of this group represent approximately 27% of the Medicare population in the Amarillo area.
“We formed an ACO to provide quality care with less hassle and expense,” said William C. Biggs, MD FACE CEO, Medical Director, Amarillo Legacy Medical ACO. “eClinicalWorks CCMR is completely integrated with the EHR and levels the playing-field by giving clinical and financial data to all stakeholders, including administrators, providers and care planners. Its closed loop analytics along with care planning technology will facilitate quality improvement and cost savings. eClinicalWorks gives us the tools needed for our new organizational structure.”
The ACO care delivery model coordinates care between patients and members of the healthcare team with the goal of helping strengthen the physician-patient relationship, leading to better care and reduced avoidable costs over time. ALMA participates in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which has been created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for facilitating coordination between providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries and reduce unnecessary costs. eClinicalWorks CCMR will aid ALMA in meeting its quality measures and performance metrics.
“Amarillo Legacy Medical ACO brings together various practices for the benefit of their providers and patients,” said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “eClinicalWorks CCMR connects the various stakeholders, including practices using different EHR systems, and is the only tool on the market using Six Sigma methodology for closed-loop analytics, which will extend the gains they have achieved through the EHR by enhancing decision-making at the point of care. We are excited to expand our relationship with ALMA on its ACO initiative.”
eClinicalWorks CCMR is designed to provide visibility into a patient’s care across all settings, facilitate smooth transitions of care, engage patients and providers in preventative care, improve outcomes among populations and reduce costs. A vendor-neutral, open network securely connects ambulatory EHRs with hospital in-patient systems and payor claim feeds, including CMS, to provide cost and utilization for services delivered to patients.
Included in CCMR, eClinicalWorks Community Analytics™ uses closed-loop analytics to deliver reporting, alerting and messaging capabilities necessary to manage Population Health. Dashboards can be shown at the community level to determine and monitor clinical process and outcomes, including medication recalls and chronic disease management. Care coordination and analytics work together for a collaborative care framework.
eClinicalWorks® is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With more than 220,000 providers and 410,000 healthcare professionals across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Eight eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past five years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is second largest vendor in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia.