For healthcare facilities with multiple participating medical practices, sharing patient information with paperwork can be inefficient. Physicians don’t have quick or easy access to most updated patient records, which can result in duplicated services or redundancies. Eliminating this risk would save patients from paying additional healthcare expenses, and improve patient safety and care quality. This was the case for Amarillo Legacy Medical ACO, the first Accountable Care Organization in the Texas Panhandle.
Amarillo Legacy Medical is a partnership between multiple, independent, medical practices and consists of 330 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants across 16 participating practices. The goal of the organization is to improve care for individual Medicare Fee-for-Service patients and the community while keeping health costs in mind. By working together, Amarillo Legacy Medical doctors are able to coordinate care with the hope that medical problems will be addressed more efficiently, with less hassle and expense. Amarillo Legacy Medical found that sharing patient information between physicians across multiple participating medical practices with paperwork was a challenge. Amarillo Legacy Medical turned to eClinicalWorks, a leader in healthcare IT solutions, to find a solution while keeping in line with the organization’s mission.