Lake Norman Oncology Among First Nationally to Successfully Attest to Meaningful Use of Electronic Medical Records

Lake Norman Proves Meaningful Use with OncoEMR™ in First Week Attestation Available

LOS ALTOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Altos Solutions, Inc. today announced that Lake Norman Oncology of Mooresville, NC, became one of the first oncology practices in the US to successfully attest to meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) in the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program. Using OncoEMR™, Altos Solutions’ flagship oncology electronic medical record, Lake Norman began adapting its practice in January 2011 to prove that it met or exceeded the Medicare requirements and attested to meaningful use in the first week of the Medicare program. With a maximum of $44,000 in incentive payments available over the next five years to eligible providers who meet attestation requirements, the implications are significant for oncologists and other physicians.

To attest to meaningful use, eligible professionals must report numerator, denominator, and exclusion results, if applicable, for the meaningful use objectives and attest that they have successfully met the requirements of the program. Once eligible professionals have successfully completed an online submission through the Attestation System, they qualify for a Medicare EHR incentive payment.

“Proving meaningful use of our electronic medical record is a major accomplishment for our practice,” said David Eagle, MD of Lake Norman Oncology. “We had a tremendous advantage in partnering with Altos Solutions, using OncoEMR, the first oncology EMR to be certified for meaningful use measurements. OncoEMR was well designed to support us gathering the data and presenting it to prove attestation. We worked as a close team and the results show this—we successfully proved meaningful use the first time and within the first week that the attestation process was available.”

“Lake Norman Oncology has been great partners in this historic process. Being among the very first practices in the country is a real tribute to how far sighted they have been in preparing and planning. The attestation process is challenging but they understood the importance and were well organized in their preparations,” commented Warren M. Dodge, president of Altos Solutions, Inc. “We had a great collaborative process in which we refined OncoEMR while helping Lake Norman prepare. OncoEMR is web based and the beauty of this is that the upgrades identified in working with Lake Norman are already available to all 700+ of our other customers because we make these upgrades on a regular basis after hours.”

About Lake Norman Oncology

For more than a decade, Lake Norman Oncology has served the greater Lake Norman area with comprehensive cancer care. The practice’s board certified physicians, Dr. Richard Krumdieck, Dr. David Eagle and Dr. Timothy Kuo, provide personalized, state-of-the-art cancer care with a multidisciplinary approach. Patients’ treatment plans are coordinated with other cancer specialists, including cancer surgeons and radiation oncologists, to deliver the best combination of therapies. Lake Norman provides full service cancer support including chemotherapy administration, access to clinical trials, genetic counseling, preventive therapy and palliative care, in addition to treating patients with blood-related disorders in addition to our cancer care.

About Altos Solutions

Altos Solutions is the pioneer in web-based software applications for community-based oncology practices, focusing on intuitive applications that provide high-quality oncology-specific solutions with low-cost implementation. Altos has innovative product solutions in Electronic Medical Records, Practice Management, and Patient and Provider Portals. Altos Solutions is the first company in the US to offer oncology practices an oncology-specific EMR application combined with services to collect, benchmark, and analyze the data contained in these records. Altos also was the first oncology-specific EMR to be certified for supporting Meaningful Use measurements1. Altos Solutions has an installed base of 700+ oncology clinicians and thousands of daily users. Oncology practices maintain sole control and ownership of their proprietary information entered or converted into OncoEMR. Oncology Metrics, a division of Altos Solutions, fosters a network of independent community-based oncology practices to provide a platform of knowledge-based products and services. Altos Solutions is headquartered in Los Altos, California.

1 OncoEMR™, a Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT(R), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for Eligible Providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the US Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. OncoEMR Version 2.6 was certified on 11/11/2010. The certification number is 30000001SXPBEAS. The clinical quality measures to which OncoEMR Version 2.6 has been certified include NQF 0421, NQF 0013, NQF 0028, NQF 0041, NQF 0024, and NQF 0038.



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