athenahealth Expands Guarantee Program to Include MU Stage 3 for Hospitals | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

athenahealth Expands Guarantee Program to Include MU Stage 3 for Hospitals

May 17, 2017
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

athenahealth, the Watertown, Mass.-based health IT vendor, has expanded its guarantee program to include a meaningful use (MU) Stage 3 guarantee for hospitals.

The MU Stage 3 guarantee for hospitals is the newest addition to the athenahealth portfolio of programs for government-mandated quality reporting, including a meaningful use guarantee for ambulatory clients, with 96.7 percent of clients successfully attesting in 2016, and a Value Modifier (VM) program, in which 96.3 percent of athenahealth providers successfully avoided VM 2017 penalties, according to company officials. Meanwhile, last summer, the vendor announced that if clients using athenaOne services get hit with Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment penalties, it will cover the financial consequences for those unsuccessful practices.

Officials attested that hospitals using athenahealth’s full-suite offering of electronic health record (EHR), revenue cycle management, and patient engagement services (athenaOne), are guaranteed to perform at or above the national performance threshold set by the government, and avoid negative adjustments to their Medicare reimbursements. athenahealth will indeed cover penalties for those hospitals that are not successful subject to certain limitations.

What’s more, athenaClinicals will be certified EHR technology in the ONC Health IT Certification program for Stage 3 ahead of the reporting period in 2018. In 2018, all eligible providers will be required to participate in Stage 3 regardless of their prior participation in the program.

Since entering the hospital market in 2015, athenahealth has contracted with more than 100 community, rural, and critical access hospitals across 35 states, and according to the company’s 2016 fiscal data, clients achieved an average of over 106 percent of cash flow above baseline and cut days in accounts receivable by 16 percent.

“Every hospital or health system —no matter the size— wants a partner who can tackle the complex work of getting reimbursed,” Jonathan Bush, CEO at athenahealth, said in a statement. “As government-mandated programs reinvent themselves year after year, we’ve taken on the reporting administration so our clients can remain focused. By leveraging our national network, our payer and quality measure rules engine, and years of expertise around cracking the code of the complicated, we aim to free providers and care staff to spend more time delivering care.”

Get the latest information on Meaningful Use and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Senate Republicans Release Draft of Health Care Bill

On Thursday, Senate Republican leaders, who have promised to repeal former President Barack Obama’s healthcare legislation for seven years, moved forward on that goal with the release of a draft of their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which they expect to vote on next week.

Vermont HIE Implements IT Solution for Improved Data Quality

Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), the operator of the Vermont Health Information Exchange, has announced the implementation of a data managing and synthesizing platform in an effort to expand its IT capabilities.

Survey: 75 Percent of CIOs Concerned About Incomplete, Inaccurate Medication Data

Despite multidisciplinary efforts to improve medication reconciliation, hospital CIOs still report unsatisfactory results, with three out of four concerned that their organization’s medication history data is incomplete or inaccurate, according to a new survey conducted by the CHIME Foundation.

Michigan Plans to Link State PDMP with Provider EHRs

The State of Michigan is directly adding the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) into the electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy management systems of hospitals, physician groups and pharmacies across the state.

Teladoc to Acquire Medical Consultation Company in $440M Deal

Telehealth company Teladoc has announced that it has acquired medical consultation firm Best Doctors for a deal totaling $440 million in cash and stock.

Study: Digital Health Coaching App Improves Weight Loss, Blood Pressure Management

A digital health app and 1-to-1 coaching platform can help patients lose weight and reduce blood pressure, according to a new study published in the June issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.