Southwest Community Health Center and NextGen Healthcare Partner for Integrated Platform
FQHC Clinic to Leverage Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health Solution to Achieve Meaningful Use and Patient-Centered Medical Home Criteria
HORSHAM, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today it has entered into an agreement with Southwest Community Health Center, Inc. for deployment of NextGen® Ambulatory EHR, NextGen® Practice Management and NextGen® Electronic Dental Record (EDR) across its 12 locations throughout Southwest Connecticut.
Southwest Community Health Center (SWCHC), Inc. is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with more than 20,000 patients averaging more than 115,000 visits per year. Its 220 employees address various social determinants of health by providing comprehensive, culturally competent healthcare and social services. Primary and preventive care services such as medical, dental, and behavioral health are provided to individuals of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay.
Support for meaningful use and PCMH
As a Federally Qualified community health center with multiple grant awards, SWCHC requires more than standard clinical and financial systems to meet its robust reporting requirements. Utilizing NextGen® solutions, SWCHC will have the integrated reporting utilities to support the variety of documentation needed to satisfy federal and state regulations and funding requirements, as well as disease collaboratives, auditors, and private payers.
The Center will leverage NextGen Practice Management to increase revenue through enhanced charge capture capabilities, elimination of document storage fees and improved operational efficiencies. NextGen Ambulatory EHR and NextGen EDR will integrate SWCHC's clinical, scheduling, pharmacy and dental services to create a comprehensive medical management platform. This in turn, supports the centers' Meaningful Use efforts and its plans to meet Level 3 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) criteria.
SWCHC is near completion of its new 22,000-square-foot multiple-use health center and supportive housing residence in Bridgeport, CT. This building project is in conjunction with the Bridgeport Housing Authority and will create 30-40 units of new affordable housing and a health center that will allow SWCHC to house medical, dental, behavioral health and administrative functions in one state-of-the-art facility.
Seamless integration of all medical components of care
"The latest changes to the state Medicaid program require us to transform our healthcare delivery by adopting quality care models such as PCMH," said Katherine Yacavone, president and chief executive officer of SWCHC. "We're adapting to these new models by incorporating NextGen Healthcare's product suite into our platform to provide seamless integration of all medical components of care onto a single system developed specifically to meet our community health center needs. Our partnership with NextGen provides us with all the tools we need to meet Meaningful Use requirements and achieve NCQA accreditation."
Addressing Healthcare Reform, Pay for Performance, and Accountable Care
"In this era of healthcare reform and constant change, those who understand where they are, how they are performing and where they need to improve are better equipped to qualify for programs such as Pay for Performance, PCMH or an ACO," said Scott Decker, president of NextGen Healthcare. "Leveraging our customizable technology and services will help SWCHC address their distinct clinical and business challenges and aid in advancing their objective to deliver quality care and provide a sought-after medical home for the patient populations they serve. This is an exciting time in healthcare and we tailor our software to help clients meet specific goals, objectives, and care plans."
For more details on how NextGen Healthcare supports health centers, visit http://www.nextgen.com/Specialties/CHC/.
About Southwest Community Health Center, Inc.
Founded in 1976, Southwest Community Health Center, Inc. is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing high quality, accessible medical, dental and behavioral health services to individuals and families, in the Greater Bridgeport area, especially the uninsured, who reside in the medically underserved Southwest Bridgeport community. Southwest delivers care from eighteen sites including six School-Based Health Centers and eight homeless shelter medical clinics. For more information, please visit www.swch.org. Follow Southwest Community Health Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swchc or on YouTube and search "Southwest Community Health Center."
About NextGen Healthcare
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, financial and connectivity solutions for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit www.nextgen.com and www.qsii.com. Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nextgen or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NextGenHealthcare.
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