Country Villa and HealthMEDX Partner to Deliver the First EMR Version of the AHRQ On-Time Avoidable Nursing Home Transfer Module

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Country Villa Health Services and HealthMEDX are joining forces to automate the AHRQ On-Time Avoidable Nursing Home (NH) Transfer Module. This new AHRQ Module, which incorporates principles of INTERACTII™, is designed to decrease avoidable transfers and readmissions in long-term, post-acute care settings (LTPAC).

Country Villa Health Services and HealthMEDX are joining forces to automate the AHRQ On-Time Avoidable Nursing Home (NH) Transfer Module. This new AHRQ Module, which incorporates principles of INTERACTII™, is designed to decrease avoidable transfers and readmissions in long-term, post-acute care settings (LTPAC).

The On-Time Avoidable Nursing Home (NH) Transfer Module provides clinical decision support tools and implementation strategies that integrate clinical evidence into workflow processes and proactively identify residents who are at potential risk for readmission. The complete module streamlines and standardizes transfer and admission documentation incorporating clinical best practices to deliver timely decision-support tools, in the form of reports, to caregivers. The HealthMEDX Vision EMR automates the workflow and sharing of information and alerts between LTPAC providers, physicians and health systems.

Country Villa, a 45 facility long-term and post-acute care provider in California, will be the first organization to implement the AHRQ module enabled through HealthMEDX. The HealthMEDX Vision EMR will provide the AHRQ module’s clinical decision support tools and real-time integrated access to all clinical information and recommendations. Also, the HealthMEDX Vision EMR will allow physicians to sign orders, review resident charts, and communicate electronically with members of the care team via their iPad® or iPhone®.

Michael Torgan, President of Country Villa stated, “We are extremely excited about our partnerships with AHRQ and HealthMEDX. The AHRQ module will drive quality for residents while providing our physicians and clinical providers with timely clinical decision-making tools that drive effective care delivery. Embedding the AHRQ module in the Vision product will facilitate a rapid rollout of the program and deliver sustained change.’’

“HealthMEDX is honored to work with Country Villa in the automation of the AHRQ On-Time Avoidable NH Transfer Module. HealthMEDX is committed to delivering a comprehensive LTPAC technology platform that allows providers to access the AHRQ On-Time module’s evidence-based clinical content and analytics. Our goal is to partner with Country Villa to provide the technology required to impact the quality and cost of the care delivered and embedding the AHRQ module is one example of our commitment. HealthMEDX will continue to be at the fore front of industry quality initiatives,” stated Pamela Pure, CEO of HealthMEDX.

The AHRQ On-Time Avoidable NH Transfer Module is one of four On-Time modules developed by AHRQ under contract to Health Management Strategies, Inc. and the Institute of Clinical Outcomes Research with additional support from California HealthCare Foundation. The design of the program, implementation process, and the facilitation of facility teams are provided by Siobhan Sharkey, MBA, and Sandy Hudak, MS, RN, Principals at Health Management Strategies, Inc.

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