SOURCE: CalOptima Regional Extension Center

CalOptima Regional Extension Center

May 31, 2012 21:00 ET

COREC Announces 13 Orange County Primary Care Providers Among State's First to Receive EHR Incentive Payments

ORANGE, CA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) - Thirteen Orange County primary care providers are among the first in California to earn incentive payments from the Medi-Cal Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, according to the CalOptima Regional Extension Center (COREC). To qualify, the providers had to confirm completion of the "AIU" process, which means they either "adopted" or "implemented" a certified EHR technology or "upgraded" a previous system.

COREC helps providers through all phases of the process involved in qualifying for state and federal incentive payments. Beyond the state-based Medi-Cal payments already earned, these providers can continue to qualify for incentives by proving they are "meaningful users" of EHRs, which includes demonstrating specific uses of the technology, such as recording patients' basic information and sending prescriptions electronically.

Providers are finding that rewards for switching to EHRs go far beyond the financial support offered by Medi-Cal incentive program. For Anaheim pediatrician Jason Khamly, M.D., and his office staff, EHRs simplify tasks such as writing prescriptions, looking up lab results and following up with patients. "We don't have to look for the paper anymore," said Suriya Khamly, Dr. Khamly's wife and office manager. "We get electronic reminders to contact patients, and that makes it easier to keep track of their health."

Suriya Khamly said it was confusing at first to determine which EHR system best suit their office and to verify which systems were certified. COREC answered her questions and connected her with a technical support partner for more detailed help. By November 2011, Dr. Khamly's system was online, and now all patients are followed electronically.

Si Nam Dong, M.D., a Westminster pediatrician, also made the change to EHRs with the help of COREC and the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program. His office began the conversion in early 2012 and office staff are getting used to documenting patient visits via desktop computers in exam rooms. Dr. Dong and staff are looking forward to easily updating immunization records and sending electronic referrals to other doctors.

According to Office Manager Kristy Dong, having electronic records has already come in handy when an emergency call came in late at night. "The doctor looked up the chart at home and had a better assessment of the patient's needs," she said.

"Providers and their staff have put a lot of time and effort into meeting the requirements for state incentive payments," said Karynsue Rose-Thomas, director of COREC. "We are pleased to be able to help them accomplish their goals. They and their patients will see continued benefits for years to come."

About COREC
CalOptima Regional Extension Center (COREC) is a nonprofit, public venture of the CalOptima Foundation established to serve and support the community of clinical providers in Orange County in becoming adept and meaningful users of electronic health record systems. COREC has fostered the collaboration of health information technology specialists to develop strategies and practices that streamline adoption of electronic health records. COREC is a federally designated Regional Extension Center funded by the Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, Award Number: 90RC0066. Visit www.corecoc.org.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Karynsue Rose-Thomas
    COREC Director
    Phone: 714-347-5786
    Email: Email Contact