JCHC Board OKs Electronic Records

Johnson County Healthcare Center Board
Johnson County Healthcare Center Board

The Johnson County Healthcare Center Board had their monthly meeting Wednesday evening, and Administrator Sandy Ward presented a proposal to the board pertaining to the hospital's implementation of Electronic Healthcare Records, or EHRs.

Ward told the board that management was proposing to contract with Health Technology Services to implement the EHR system and help both the hospital and clinic obtain “Meaningful Use” status.

According to information handed out at the meeting, all hospitals and clinics in the US must reach “Meaningful Use” status by 2015 or face reduced payments from Medicare.

Ward told the board since this was something that needed to be done anyway, they should look into this opportunity, and he explained why.

Ward said the Federal Government's financial incentive to the hospital would potentially be somewhere between $800,000 and $1,000,000 based on calculations that have yet to be figured out.

According to the handout, the information that will go into the calculation will be based on Medicare utilization, the amount of charity care provided by the hospital/clinic, and other factors not named.

The fees for Health Technology Services to implement the EHR program will be $1,300 for the hospital and $50 per month per physician for 12 months at the clinic.

The board voted to approve the implementation of the EHR program.

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