MONTGOMERY, Ala., Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc. (ICS) announced today that it has joined Alabama Primary Health Care Association (APHCA) strategic partners program with the intent to support third-party HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) Meaningful Use compliance audits for APHCA members across the great state of Alabama.
Under the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, health systems that employ the use of electronic health records (EHR) in a manner which helps improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care are eligible to receive Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments. APHCA members who are successful in becoming "meaningful users" of certified electronic health record technology would be eligible for such incentives.
The Alabama Primary Health Care Association's membership includes 16 community health centers in Alabama and together operates 130 practice sites; primary care, mental, rural and HIV/AIDs health care providers; primary care networks, hospitals and educations institutions. Dedicated to providing comprehensive, affordable, community based and accessible primary health care to every Alabamian, these health centers provide primary care to almost 300,000 persons, have an overall economic impact of almost $150 million annually, and employ 2,000 individuals statewide.
"In order for our member health systems to ensure they are maintaining regulatory compliance while offering the highest possible levels of quality and efficiency in patient care, it was crucial for the APHCA to partner with an information security partner that is well-versed in the intricacies of the federal meaningful use compliance requirements," said Mary Hayes Finch, JD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of the APHCA." "ICS has the depth of knowledge and experience that we needed; they are well-versed in these requirements and are well-positioned to help our member systems achieve success," Finch said.
"ICS is in its fifteenth year of working amid the complex and dynamic environment associated with health information management," said Chip Schuneman, COO of ICS, Inc. "ICS has a long track record of success that can help APHCA member agencies maximize their compliance and stretch their information technology budgets as they meet the federal government's (HIPAA) Security Standards and Technical Safeguards," Schuneman said.
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