Office Ally’s EHR 24/7 Offers Simple and Affordable Options for Orange County Providers to Convert to EHRs and Receive Incentive Payments
VANCOUVER, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CalOptima, the regional extension center (COREC) for Orange County, California, has selected Office Ally as one of its preferred electronic health record (EHR) vendors, it was announced today. Certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Office Ally’s EHR 24/7 product helps providers meet meaningful use requirements and as a result qualify for incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“Office Ally will be a great partner in delivering support and assistance to Orange County physicians and other providers interested in taking advantage of this federally funded opportunity,” said COREC Director Karynsue Frank. “The Office Ally product will not only help physicians easily adopt EHRs, but in doing so it will enhance quality of care and office efficiencies while keeping provider costs as low as possible.”
Office Ally President and CEO Brian O’Neill called the new affiliation with CalOptima a “natural complement to the agreement we’ve had since February with HITEC-LA, the regional extension center for Los Angeles County. We are honored to be selected and are confident that Orange County physicians will find our product and customer-focused service to be extremely valuable in helping them implement our software and achieve meaningful use.”
Office Ally has integrated with COREC’s use of SpectraMD’s Interactive Content Delivery and Analytics Platform to streamline the tracking for 1,000 priority primary care providers to achieve meaningful use of their EHRs. The platform is an analytic tool that tracks compliance, recommends remediation actions and displays progression reports of the meaningful-use measures.
The Meaningful Use Assessment and Gap Analysis report effectively presents the physician with their current practice status in reaching meaningful use. These reports help ready set the physician practice to make the necessary workflow adjustments for meeting the required percentages for each measure and clinical quality objectives to qualify for the Medicare and Medi-Cal incentive payments. COREC also provides post-implementation guidance side by side with the provider and staff for the entire 90-day qualifying period to ensure the transition to electronic health record and attestation to meaningful use is achieved.
Orange County providers who are enrolled with COREC have access to analytic tools as well as other on-site technical services and practice workflow integration support. “Access to an integrated analytic tool to measure progress in achieving specific care and quality improvement milestones could make the ultimate difference as providers prepare to qualify for federal EHR incentive payments,” said Frank.
Office Ally’s EHR 24/7, which costs providers just $29.95 a month, is the base of what will be offered to CalOptima members. In addition, CalOptima members will receive additional interfaces and technical support, all for a low fixed monthly fee. Set-up and unlimited free trainings are included, along with a free clearinghouse, practice management, and patient health registry services all integrated with the EHR. Office Ally is able to extend this exceptional value to providers because it is the only organization in the country to offer them a full suite of revenue-cycle management services.
The federal government is encouraging all providers to adopt EHRs as a way to improve quality, safety, efficiency and access. Part of the economic stimulus package passed by Congress in 2009 provides incentive payments for Medicaid and Medicare providers that adopt and use certified EHRs. There are also consequences for Medicare providers who do not adopt a certified EHR by 2015 – they will be penalized 1 percent of Medicare payments, increasing to 3 percent over three years.
The CalOptima Regional Extension Center (COREC) is a nonprofit, public venture of the CalOptima Foundation established to serve and support the community of clinical providers in Orange County to become adept and meaningful users of electronic health record systems. COREC is a federally designated Regional Extension Center funded by the Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, Award Number: 90RC0066.
About Office Ally
Office Ally is the only organization in the country offering healthcare providers a full complement of revenue-cycle management services including a patient portal, electronic health records, a practice management system, a clearinghouse and a billing service. Founded in 2000, the company currently works with more than 164,000 providers and 4,400 insurance carriers in all 50 states. It also houses eligibility for nearly 400 IPAs and small health plans. Its complete suite of interactive asp, Internet-based solutions include a patient health registry – Patient Ally™, electronic health records – EHR 24/7™, practice management – Practice Mate™, clearinghouse, and case management – Case Mate™. All of Office Ally’s products and services are offered at minimal or no cost to providers, with customer and technical support available 24/7. Further information may be obtained at www.officeally.com.
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