“MUM’s functionality, the vision and insights of C3 Partners, combined with the on-site talented analyses of MHK&A’s experienced staff enabled us to quickly and effectively understand what we have to do to be eligible for HITECH’s stimulus funds for both the Hospital and our physicians. We look forward to completing our MUM training, which will enable us to use it on our own. Not only is the MUM Dashboard an excellent visualization tool for our executives, but after training is completed, MUM functionality will enable our physicians and clinical support staff to ‘drill down’ by requirement by physician so they can manage their own mitigation plan.” –Dennis L’’Heureux, RHS CIO
ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS — Rockford Health System (RHS) has implemented C3 Partners’ Meaningful Use Monitor©, “MUM” subscription service to guide its journey to HITECH Meaningful Use compliance for the entire compliance life cycle. With the professional services of a team led by Michael H. Kreitzer & Associates, Ltd. (MHK&A), RHS has completed its gap assessment and mitigation plan for both the Hospital and its employed Eligible Professionals.
Dennis L’’Heureux, RHS CIO selected C3 Partners and MHK&A in December 2010 over two other offerings. The work began in January and was completed in early March 2011. Dennis said that “MUM’s functionality, the vision and insights of C3 Partners, combined with the on-site talented analyses of MHK&A’s experienced staff enabled us to quickly and effectively understand what we have to do to be eligible for HITECH’s stimulus funds for both the Hospital and our physicians. We look forward to completing our MUM training, which will enable us to use it on our own. Not only is the MUM Dashboard an excellent visualization tool for our executives, but after training is completed, MUM functionality will enable our physicians and clinical support staff to ‘drill down’ by requirement by physician so they can manage their own mitigation plan. I am very pleased and highly recommend MUM and MHK&A’s services.”
Jay Fisher, Partner with C3 Partners, and Michael Kreitzer said they “are proud to welcome RHS to our 23 hospital and 900 physician customer list. C3 Partners will continue to support RHS along with its other customers through the full HITECH life cycle via special and regularly scheduled educational webinars.”
Jay described MUM as “a robust and comprehensive tool that enables eligible hospitals and professionals to complete a Compliance Roadmap. “Backed by the MUM Hotline and our certified Business Partners such as MHK&A, a hospital or group of Eligible Providers receives the ongoing expertise and support needed to identify their compliance gaps and take corrective action.”
MHK&A’s professional services consisted of leading RHS’s IT and clinical staff through a pragmatic assessment of clinical workflows to determine which have to be modified to facilitate capturing core and menu items and the quality measures, as well as analyzing the data capture and storage capabilities of RHS’s current and future information systems. Michael said, “MUM guides our process and is the foundation for documenting our findings, conclusions, and recommendations. MUM’s dashboard is our consultant’s report; eliminating the static document that is outdated as soon as it is issued. We encourage our clients to become fully trained on MUM so they can use it as their own tool through the remainder of the HITECH life cycle.”
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ABOUT ROCKFORD HEALTH SYSTEM:
Rockford Health System, located in Rockford, Illinois, is the largest health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. It has a long tradition of care, built on a commitment to clinical excellence, cutting-edge technology, and meeting the health care needs of the region. It includes Rockford Memorial Hospital, a 396-bed tertiary care hospital, Rockford Health Physicians, outpatient clinics with locations throughout the region, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, a 40-bed inpatient hospital offering a full range of rehabilitation services and the Visiting Nurses Association, providing a variety of home health care services to people of all ages
Rockford Memorial Hospital was a recipient of the 2011 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. The top five percent of all hospitals in the U.S. were recognized with this award in a report by the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.
ABOUT C3 PARTNERS:
C3 Partners is a 3rd generation IT management consulting firm that focuses on mission-critical projects. Accordingly, we were the first to develop a solution to help hospitals and physicians formulate their response to ARRA HITECH EHR requirements. The MUM tool consists of a content-rich subscription software service, the Meaningful Use Monitor© (MUM) with an embedded, focused methodology that helps hospitals or physicians throughout the HITECH program’s life-cycle from assessment, project planning, quality reporting, attestation, and CMS audit.
ABOUT MICHAEL H. KREITZER & ASSOCIATES, LTD.:
Mr. Kreitzer founded Michael H. Kreitzer & Associates, Ltd. (MHK&A) in August 2000 to continue his 30-year history of serving the healthcare industry. MHK&A is the leader of a close network of individuals and niche organizations with broad and deep skills in healthcare operations and technologies that focus on (1) improving patient revenue and patient care processes, and (2) the full range of information systems challenges of healthcare providers. Recognizing that MUM filled an important role, MHK&A became one of the earliest C3 business partners and has grown to become the largest, most experienced strategic, tactical and execution meaningful use consulting teams in the C3 business partner network.