PORTLAND, Ore., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Mid-Valley Public Health Authority (MVPHA) and OCHIN/O-HITEC announced a partnership that will advance Electronic Health Record adoption in the state of Oregon. MVP Health Authority, previously known as Mid-Valley Independent Physicians Association, is the reason NextGen Healthcare made O-HITEC's preferred vendor list in Oregon. MVPHA has systematically encouraged electronic health record adoption in their membership and continues to be a powerful supporter of their clinicians by providing exceptional installation and ongoing servicing of the NextGen EHR. "Our efforts to improve patient care and lower healthcare costs continue to be the driving force of MVPHA," said Greg Fraser, MVPHA's Chief Medical Information Officer. "Our goal is to continue to support providers currently using the NextGen product, provide the same high level of services to new NextGen users, and assure that each one meets the federal standards for meaningful use of an HER, " said Fraser.
O-HITEC will work with MVPHA practices to help them meet Meaningful Use (MU) as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). O-HITEC will use a menu of consulting services to assist MVPHA providers in meeting the MU measures so they can qualify for EHR incentives of up to $64K per Medicaid-eligible provider or up to $44K per Medicare-eligible provider. Both organizations are committed to informing providers of the value of EHRs as a vehicle to reduce duplicity, improve patient care and reduce costs. "The federal incentives won't be around for long, and we want every provider who plans to purchase an EHR to take advantage of the Federal incentives available to help defray those costs," said Clayton Gillett, O-HITEC's Executive Director. "We believe the MVPHA's expertise related to EHR implementation and usage will be a great help to providers considering the NextGen EHR," said Gillett.
OCHIN is a national non-profit collaborative headquartered in Portland, Oregon that provides integrated HIT software products and services to community health clinics, mental health services and small practices serving the medically underserved. For more information please visit www.ochin.org. Oregon's Health Information Technology Extension Center (O-HITEC) provides education, outreach, and assistance to facilitate successful implementation, and meaningful use of certified electronic health records. O-HITEC strives to transform healthcare, improve quality and deliver value through effective use of information technology. For additional information please visit www.ohitec.org
About MVP Health Authority
MVP Health Authority began as Capitol Health Care Physicians in 1976. The organization first acted as the provider panel for the Capitol Health Care HMO. In 1991 the association changed its name to MVIPA, hired a staff member and began contracting with additional carriers. Today operating under the name MVP Health Authority, the association has approximately 530 members practicing primary and specialty care serving Salem, Santiam, Silverton, and West Valley hospitals. MVP contracts with more than 10 insurance carriers and represents 95,000 covered lives. Product lines include commercial, Medicare, Oregon Health Plan, Employee Benefit Trust, and workers' compensation. For more information please visit www.mvipa.org
Greg Fraser, MD, MBI
Chief Medical Information Officer
MVP Health Authority
Formerly Mid-Valley Independent Physicians Association