RCHI check presentation to TAMP for electronic health records

Texas A&M Physicians (TAMP), part of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC), recently was awarded a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive check of $127,500 from the CentrEast Regional Extension Center (REC) for its efforts toward adoption, implementation and progress toward meaningful use of electronic health records.

As part of the TAMHSC Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI), the CentrEast REC provides physicians and health care professionals in 47 Central and East Texas counties technical assistance, guidance and information on best practices so they can become more meaningful users of electronic health records. Texas A&M Physicians is working with e-MDs of Austin – a physician-led provider of electronic health records – and through the CentrEast REC for practice assessment, workflows and preparation towards its meaningful use attestation to Medicaid.

“Texas A&M Physicians has invested a considerable amount of money in its electronic medical records,” said David McClellan, M.D., TAMP physician.  “This incentive check helps us offset that cost and ultimately improve patient care.”

“By meeting specific criteria for meaningful use, we can measure how effectively electronic medical records are being used in an organization,” said Amarnath Banerjee, Ph.D., CentrEast co-principal investigator and associate professor.

Texas A&M Physicians began working with the CentrEast REC in December 2010, and as they reach more goals and satisfy more metrics toward their meaningful use attestation, they will receive more incentive money through 2016.

Pictured from left are Kim Clay, TAMHSC CentrEast outreach representative; Ben Blackwell, e-MDs REC liaison; Dr. Amarnath Banerjee, CentrEast co-principal investigator and associate professor; Tammy Wilemon, TAMHSC-RCHI director of quality assurance/patient safety; Dr. David McClellan, TAMP physician; Dr. Chris Cargile, TAMP physician; Melissa Fisher, TAMP health information management programmer/developer; and Kristin Vierus, TAMP health information specialist.

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