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Universal American to utilize NextGen Healthcare’s ambulatory EHR

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HORSHAM, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today that Universal American Corp. (NYSE: UAM) will leverage NextGen Ambulatory EHR to facilitate better care collaboration across its network of participating physicians.

Through its family of healthcare companies, Universal American provides healthcare products and programs such as Medicare Advantage to approximately 173,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Under this partnership, Universal American will offer participating physicians access to NextGen Healthcare’s award-winning EHR to help assess patient health risk and manage chronic disease. The agreement includes licenses, implementation and technical support for the deployment of NextGen Ambulatory EHR in multiple healthcare markets throughout the U.S.

Recently, Universal American created an accountable care organization (ACO) strategy with the goal of bringing further consistency and collaboration to the care process. Clinical technology was identified as a critical component of Universal American’s ACO strategy, and NextGen Ambulatory EHR was selected as the supporting platform based on its depth of clinical content and comprehensive reporting capabilities.

“Many healthcare organizations seek to identify care gaps after the patient visit,” said Kirk Clove, executive vice president for Universal American. “We see a real opportunity to identify these gaps early on and allow our providers – regardless of setting – to access the real-time information needed to assess patient risk and better manage chronic disease.”

Physicians at Southeast Texas Medical Associates (SETMA), a group practice within the Universal American multi-state network, had successfully built an innovative disease and electronic patient management program leveraging NextGen Ambulatory EHR, helping to solidify Universal American’s decision to partner with NextGen Healthcare.

“For the past 14 years, SETMA has worked with us to provide care to Medicare Advantage patients in the Beaumont, Texas, area,” said Theodore M. Carpenter, Jr., president of Universal American's Medicare Advantage Division. “This partnership enabled us to see first-hand how the innovative use of technology can significantly improve the quality and coordination of patient care. It also clearly demonstrated that NextGen EHR was the platform needed to realize a similar vision for our organization. We believe NextGen Healthcare’s EHR will assist providers in our network in further enhancing the care they provide every day.”

“Universal American is recognized for providing high levels of patient care but emerging healthcare reform initiatives such as ACOs are affording forward-thinking organizations the opportunity to further enhance the patient experience,” said Scott Decker, president of NextGen Healthcare. “Partnering with Universal American will allow us to play a key role in formulating these care management initiatives today, as well as in shaping them for the future.”

 


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