Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, a provider of diagnostic testing, information, and services, announced that, beginning January 23rd and throughout 2012, it is offering to eligible physician practices subsidies 85% off the retail price of its Care360 EHR solution.
Through the Quest Diagnostics Grant program, physicians can receive a full, certified EHR solution, including EHR and Practice Management System licenses, training, hosting, maintenance and 24/7 support and training for less than $100 per month. New York and Missouri physicians are not eligible for the program and eligibility in New Jersey is limited in accordance with state law requirements.
Specifically, the Quest Diagnostics Grant offer includes the following:
• Care360 EHR and PMS (Practice Management System) licensing, hosting, maintenance, and support—The grant program will donate 85% of the retail price of the EHR and PMS subscription price for eligible recipients during the grant period.
• Training and implementation—The grant program will cover 85% of the retail price of standard training and implementation.
“Physicians are feeling economic pressure like never before,” said Richard Mahoney, vice president of healthcare information solutions for Quest Diagnostics and president of its HIT subsidiary MedPlus. “EHRs are one of the most top-of-mind challenges for physicians today.”
“As a longtime partner to independent physicians, we continue to look for opportunities to help them tackle EHR adoption challenges and achieve meaningful use of patient information,” Mahoney continued. “When thousands of physicians responded to our 2011 grant program, we knew we’d found a way to encourage physicians to adopt an easy-to-implement, easy-to-use EHR—which can benefit their practices and their patients.”
Based on positive physician experiences with Care360 EHR resulting from the 2011 regional grant program, Quest Diagnostics is now expanding the grant program to be available to eligible physician practices in most states nationally.
“Our national grant program means that for only 15% of the retail cost, eligible physicians can have a certified EHR that is up and running in approximately 45 days,” Mahoney said. “Not only can they save thousands of dollars, but they can earn tens of thousands more in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentives.”
This offer represents a potential value of up to $9,400. Eligible grantees include any non-hospital-owned physician practice and any independent nurse practitioner practice that has not had an EHR in place. Other restrictions may apply.
Care360 EHR allows physicians to adopt an EHR quickly—on average, within 45 days after contract completion. Care360 EHR is a certified complete EHR solution*, meaning it can be used to help qualify each physician for up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives or $63,750 in Medicaid incentives through an EHR adoption program offered by CMS. As a Web-based solution, Care360 gives physicians complete, secure EHR capabilities via the Internet and mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and most other smartphones. As the first certified EHR to leverage the Direct Project specifications, physicians are able to easily and securely share information with other physicians, patients, and hospitals—both those on the Care360 platform and with other technology solutions.
*This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Quality measures certified are all 44 Eligible Provider measures.
Source: Quest Diagnostics