EHR @ NAHC
Part of a National Movement
As you all know, NAHC recently launched a new electronic Practice Management (PM) system on March 27, 2012. Now patient registration, appointment scheduling, and billing are all done electronically using NextGen. Going into a paperless system allows all of our departments to work together in one system. We have changed the way we do business, and our central registration, front desk and billing staff have done a terrific job handling this transition. NAHC is now preparing for the next phase of the project –the transition to Electronic Health Records (EHR). This will be a huge change for providers, as they will no longer use paper charts.
All of these changes at NAHC are part of a nationwide movement to improve healthcare. When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the business of healthcare across the country began to shift. There are three major types of improvements taking place:
1. New protections for patients
2. Improvements to the quality of care and a reduction of costs
3. Increased access to care
NextGen is the tool that NAHC (together with seven other clinics in our area) is using make these improvements to health care. The information that we get out of NextGen will show us whether we are on target with nationwide goals to improve health, increase access to and reduce the cost of care.
Every single piece of information you enter into NextGen is important and helps us improve health care for people who need it. Please take the time to get familiar with the system and if you are unsure about something, ask for help!
Questions? Contact Meriah Gille, PM/EHR Project Manager
(510) 329-6040 or MeriahG@nativehealth.org