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1 Meaningful Use: ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Incentives The United States government thrust healthcare into the national spotlight with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in its landmark legislation, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The HITECH Act creates sweeping programs that aim to improve the health of Americans along five healthcare priorities: Improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care while reducing disparities Engage patients and families in their care Promote public and population health Improve care coordination Promote the privacy and security of electronic health records The act uses the existing payment structures of Medicare and Medicaid to incent and penalize participating providers based upon their attainment of key objectives for the Meaningful Use of a certified EHR. How can LWSI help? Departments such as Accounting, Human Services, Payroll, Scheduling and Clinical, working seamlessly together, information shared instantly, putting your entire client delivery system on the same digital page. This is what we do. This is what LWSI s been doing for over 25 years in community behavioral health agencies. With LWSI s EMR you can focus on quality client care. Certified as a Complete EHR, our system is the most comprehensive and advanced available. It utilizes a single SQL-compliant database that works cohesively throughout the healthcare environment, providing timely, accurate clinical and financial information anywhere, anytime. The open system architecture and sophisticated system design guarantees flexibility while continually incorporating the latest advancements. But it's not just about innovative technology. It's about bringing personal attention and end user workflow expertise to ensure the EMR is easily and successfully incorporated into your agencies daily processes. And, most importantly, it's about better outcomes, safety and experiences for your clients. No longer will you endure the inefficient world of incompatible systems and proprietary restrictions. Say goodbye to limited functionality, incomplete data, wasted time and the confusion of systems not designed or inspired by you the behavioral health providers. LWSI s Essentia solution was inspired by you, for your unique healthcare agency. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

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4 ARRA CERTIFIED EHR SYSTEM Both incentive programs require that an EP use an ARRA certified EHR or EHR(s). ARRA certified means the EHR product has successfully completed independent testing for up to 33 key functionality areas. These products carry a seal issued by one of the federally selected testing bodies. For example:

5 PROGRAM COMPARISON Medicaid Medicare Maximum amount $63, 750 $44,000 Amount calculation Flat amount 75% of allowed charges HPSA 10% bonus available No Yes Number of years 6 5 (consecutive) Last yr to begin for full amt erx incentive in same year Yes No Demonstrate MU 1 st yr not needed 2 nd yr 90 days then calendar year 1 st yr 90 days then calendar year

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