CalHIPSO Marks Significant Milestone, Helping Over 1,200 Providers Achieve EHR Meaningful Use

CalHIPSO Marks Significant Milestone, Helping Over 1,200 Providers Achieve EHR Meaningful Use

MU attestation enables these providers to receive over $29.6 Million in CMS incentive payments. Oakland, CA – Jan. 8, 2013 – The California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO), has achieved an important milestone in its mission to help providers demonstrate Meaningful Use (MU) of their electronic health records (EHR). As of this month, 1,231 providers have attested to MU. The announcement was made today by CalHIPSO’s Chief Quality Officer Dorian Seamster, MPH, who noted that, as a result of attesting to MU, these providers have received, or are entitled to receive, approximately $29.6 million in incentive payments. “This is a significant milestone for our organization, our many partners who deliver practice level services and the providers they serve,” notes Seamster. “It’s challenging work to achieve meaningful use for any provider. But for the small and solo practices and safety net providers that comprise CalHIPSO’s membership the accomplishment is especially noteworthy.” While appreciating the significance of this milestone, CalHIPSO CEO Speranza Avram, MPA, acknowledges there’s still a lot of work to do. “We’re a quarter of the way to our goal of 6,187 providers to meaningful use,” says Avram, who also noted that of the 8,559 total providers who are members of CalHIPSO, 4,978 providers are now live on an EHR. “Fortunately, we’ve seen the momentum shift in recent months as providers who may have been on the sidelines cautiously observing the progress of their colleagues, are now jumping in and attesting to meaningful use in greater numbers. We’re optimistic that this trend will accelerate CalHIPSO beyond its goal by 2014.” About CalHIPSO CalHIPSO was founded by the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), the California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH). As the largest of 62 federally designated Regional Extension Centers (REC), serving 56 of California’s 58 counties, CalHIPSO helps providers in California navigate the complicated world of electronic health record adoption. For more information visit  www.CalHIPSO.org

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For more information: Dawniel Hightower Marketing& Communications Manager (510) 302-3325 dawniela@calhipso.org
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