CHICAGO and OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts announced today that INTEGRIS Health will extend their deployment of Allscripts Care Management from two hospitals to all 13 of their Oklahoma facilities, helping to streamline patient movement through the hospital, improve reimbursement, and enhance continuity of care across the INTEGRIS network.
INTEGRIS Health is Oklahoma's largest locally-owned health care corporation and one of the state's largest private employers with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, fitness centers, and home health agencies throughout much of the state. In 2006, INTEGRIS implemented Allscripts Care Management in its two largest hospitals, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, both in the Oklahoma City area. Two years earlier, INTEGRIS Physician Services implemented Allscripts Enterprise Electronic Health Record for their 74 physicians.
"Allscripts has proven to be an exceptional partner for INTEGRIS, delivering significant savings in the form of reduced claims denials and helping us to better manage our patients' length of stays with a care management application that's virtually trouble free," said Greg Meyers, INTEGRIS System Vice President. "Now we're expanding the Allscripts deployment to all our hospitals and adding discharge planning to allow our case managers to connect electronically with nursing homes and home care agencies so they can find the best match for discharged patients who need further care."
Allscripts Discharge Planning and Utilization Management are key elements of the company's Care Management solution, which is used by more than 700 hospitals nationwide. Allscripts Care Management is a Web-based "software as a service" (SaaS) solution that can be deployed quickly and efficiently with minimal IT support. It automates and streamlines the entire care management process in hospitals, from admission through discharge. The result: increased productivity, improved patient throughput, lower claims denials and better health outcomes.
INTEGRIS plans to share patient information from Allscripts Utilization Management with its numerous home care agencies to ensure providers have all the information they need to deliver appropriate care," said Denise Caram, MS, CPUM, CPUR, Director of Support Services for INTEGRIS Rural Health. INTEGRIS Samaritan Home Care Services, one of INTEGRIS's largest home care agencies, uses Allscripts Homecare (formerly Misys Homecare(R)) to improve clinical quality of care, financial performance, and operational control in its facilities.
"INTEGRIS is committed to ensuring continuity of care for all of our patients, no matter what care setting they're in, and Allscripts is uniquely able to help us deliver on that promise thanks to their presence in a wide range of care settings," said Caram. "Automating the care management process across all our facilities will also help us standardize and better manage our denials and appeals process, discharge planning, and prepare for the upcoming Medicare RAC audits."
The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was created to identify and correct overpayments to healthcare providers. The RAC audits will become a permanent fixture in all 50 states on Jan. 1, 2010. Allscripts Care Management provides real-time alerts, retrospective reports, analytics and other tools that help hospitals identify current or past patient encounters at risk for a RAC audit, track them through the audit and appeals process, and prevent unnecessary dollar losses.
"The implementation of healthcare information technology within hospital care management departments holds great promise for improving care while delivering cost savings for hospitals in these difficult economic times," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "We're delighted that INTEGRIS has decided to expand our partnership across their network to not only improve care management processes but also create a seamless transition to their post-acute care facilities, which provide the next level of care for so many patients."
Allscripts Utilization Management streamlines the utilization management process by electronically capturing critical patient data and guiding case managers in securing authorization and payment of care from insurers. The solution also creates an effective denial management program to track claim denials and improve an organization's success rate with appeals.
Allscripts Discharge Planning automates the process of referring discharged patients to post-acute facilities, eliminating the time-consuming and costly process of case managers manually phoning and faxing to secure post-acute care services, one provider at a time. Case managers send a detailed electronic referral to selected locations across the Allscripts network of 90,000 post-acute providers, and interested facilities reply, often within minutes.
About INTEGRIS Health
INTEGRIS Health owns, manages or leases hospitals, primary care clinics, mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers, fitness centers, hospice services, home health agencies and independent living centers throughout the state of Oklahoma. INTEGRIS Health is an Oklahoma-owned, not-for-profit corporation. Our mission is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. More information about INTEGRIS Health facilities and services is available at integrisOK.com or by calling the INTEGRIS HeathLine at (405) 951-2277 or toll free at 1-888-951-2277.
Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) uses innovation technology to bring health to healthcare. More than 150,000 physicians, 700 hospitals and nearly 7,000 post- acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the health of their patients and their bottom line. The company's award-winning solutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenue cycle management, practice management, document management, medication services, hospital care management, emergency department information systems and homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit http://www.allscripts.com.
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