Crittenden Regional Hospital, a 152-bed facility located in West Memphis, Ark., has met Stage 1 meaningful use criteria for Medicare and Medicaid with the certified electronic health record (EHR) from Healthcare Management Systems Inc. (HMS). Crittenden Regional also engaged HMS' EHR Initiatives Group for meaningful use consulting services to help accelerate the attestation process.
The hospital successfully attested with the certified HMS EHR, which is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Crittenden Regional's team initially met with consultants from HMS' EHR Initiatives Group in May 2011; together, they set a goal of beginning the hospital's reporting period on June 15 with the 90-day attestation period ending on Sept. 12. Crittenden Regional hit all of its milestones and successfully attested for Stage 1 meaningful use with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Sept. 13, the first day after concluding the 90-day attestation period.