Hackensack Radiology retains HAP as revenue cycle vendor

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Here is Health Data Management’s weekly roundup of new health IT contract wins and go-lives:

* Hackensack Radiology Group in New Jersey has renewed a revenue cycle management contract with Healthcare Administrative Partners to continue using the vendor as its outsourced billing, coding and practice management service provider. Under the new deal, Healthcare Administration Partners also will implement a proprietary MIPS Provider Quality report card to help Hackensack Radiology assess its program performance and take corrective actions. The radiology group has 44 physicians serving three hospitals and two imaging centers in northern New Jersey.

* Jellico (Tenn.) Community Hospital has gone live on the mobile app of Artifact Health to automate physician queries and capture full reimbursements. Physicians can respond to a query in a HIPAA-compliant manner in less than one minute, using as few as three taps on their smartphones. The goal is to improve clinical documentation, quality measurement and hospital and physician reimbursement. “With a mobile app, it is easy for our physicians to respond to queries, which provide more complete documentation on patient treatment,” says Carla Douglas, case manager at 54-bed Jellico Community. “This in turn provides the billing information we need to qualify for full reimbursements while more accurately reflecting the quality of our team’s patient care.”

* The Menninger Clinic in Houston, a mental health care delivery system, will replace its legacy electronic health record with the Integrated Behavioral Health system in Cerner’s Millennium EHR. The vendor will support specialized hospital programs such as step-down care, diagnostic and therapeutic outpatient programs, community reintegration and home-based programs. A web portal will assist patients and families in viewing health data, sharing self-reported information, communicating with providers and scheduling appointments.

* The Puerto Rico Primary Care Association Network will implement the health data exchange platform of Health Gorilla to improve meaningful use of electronic health records, health outcomes and appropriate exchange of health information. More than half of the island’s physicians do not have an electronic health record, says Javier Jimenez, director of the Puerto Rico Primary Care Association Network. “There is no state HIE, and there are two other networks that do not comply with HHS and ONC requirements of an HIE,” he adds. Health Gorilla can exchange records from laboratories, imaging centers, hospitals and physicians and the EHR.

* Florida-based Pediatric Associates, with 34 sites from Jacksonville to South Florida, is replacing its conventional refrigerators and freezers with the AccuVax Vaccine Management System, a platform that automates vaccine storage, monitoring and handling. The system has a door-less design to reduce temperature fluctuations and a built-in battery backup to keep temperatures in their ideal ranges in the event of a power failure. Some sites have been using the AccuVax system but now it being implemented enterprisewide. The system integrates with electronic health records.

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