Jul 28, 2014
Integration of athenaNet® and Dentrix® Enterprise for Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Centers to Streamline Reporting and Reduce Costs; Companies to Initiate Pilot Program to Ensure Seamless Integration
WATERTOWN, Mass. and MELVILLE, N.Y., July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination, and Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, today announced an expansion of their strategic agreement announced on May 21, 2014. Under the expanded agreement, athenahealth's athenaNet® platform and Henry Schein's Dentrix® Enterprise, the leading Electronic Dental Record (EDR) solution installed in Community Health Centers (CHCs) across the United States, will integrate to facilitate Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting, which is a requirement for CHCs, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
The collaboration is expected to strengthen athenahealth's and Henry Schein's efforts to serve CHCs and FQHCs by bringing the two companies' best-of-breed products and services together with increased integration, creating new value and efficiencies. The advanced integration of the athenaNet and Dentrix Enterprise platforms will automate the UDS reporting process, ensuring accurate, complete UDS reports, without the need for manual and time-consuming reconciliation between separate systems.
"Value-based care models, like the FQHC model, require substantial documentation and reporting; our goal is to automate these processes wherever possible to save valuable time and reduce cost for our clients," said Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO, athenahealth. "By teaming up with Dentrix Enterprise, we are enabling our CHC and FQHC clients to work smarter and more efficiently as they pursue quality care, better health, and lower costs for their patients."
"Staff time is a limited, critical resource in CHCs and FQHCs, and finding ways to increase efficiency through system integration are essential," said Kevin Bunker, President, Henry Schein North America Dental Practice Solutions. "Dentrix Enterprise already integrates with many medical EHR vendors through HL7 Interface. Our integration with athenahealth will provide CHC and FQHC customers with significant value through a more seamless exchange of information for customers that use both systems."
Family First Health of Pennsylvania and Three Lower Counties Community Services, Inc. of Maryland will participate in a pilot program to create standard documentation and efficient processes. The companies plan to roll out the integrated offering to their broader client bases in 2015.
"Managing the reporting demands as an FQHC can be a complex and time-consuming process, so we are thrilled that athenahealth and Henry Schein have partnered to simplify UDS reporting," said Jenni Black, chief information officer, Family First Health. "This effort is not only going to result in a substantial cost savings for our practice, but also will enable us to put more of our valuable resources toward patient care, where we can truly make a difference in our community."
"The pairing of athenaNet and Dentrix Enterprise is a positive step for FQHCs like ours, that are looking to find ways to streamline processes and reduce unnecessary work," said Susanne Gray, RN, MSN, CEO and chief operations officer, Three Lower Countries Community Services. "We are pleased that athenahealth and Henry Schein have identified this important opportunity to deliver value to their clients, and we look forward to working alongside their talented teams to make this integration a success."
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Earlier this year, I blogged about quarterback Jim Kelly and his battle against oral cancer.
I'm very passionate about fighting this disease because it frequently is a debilitating and disfiguring disease.
The secret to beating it is to catch it in its earliest phases, but that is often difficult.
If your dental office is not routinely doing oral cancer screenings/exams at every cleaning, request that they do so. We also use a variety of high tech devices to hat help us locate areas of concern at the earliest stages. I highly recommend that doctors acquire and use at least one of these.
CNN had a chance to talk with Jim Kelly recently about his checkup where doctors declared him "cancer free". It's a powerful video and I highly recommend you give it a look.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
At RDH Under One Roof: Charles Whitney MD Launching New Company and Program for Oral-Systemic Specialists
Here is some interesting info from Dr. Charles Whitney. It's about time we see our medical colleagues helping us by understanding that the mouth & the rest of the body are connected. A brief history lesson…
In the Middle Ages, barbers were the healthcare specialists of their day. The traditional barber pole of red, white, & blue was done to represent the colors of fluids in the human body. Sometime in the Middle Ages, there was a split. Physicians & surgeons (at this time, surgeons were lower on the totem pole. Physicians would stand near & tell the surgeons what to do but the physician did not get their hands dirty) split away from barbers & became their own group. Barbers were no longer doing things like blood letting, leeches, etc.
However, barbers continued to "draw teeth" meaning they performed extractions. So, as the medical profession split from barbers, dentistry did not.
Later, dentistry, like medicine, did indeed split from barbers. However, because of physicians & surgeons leaving first, the 2 professions continued to operate as different entities. This has always struck me as a weird part of history. Here are 2 groups, both dealing with problems, diseases, and healing of the human body, but neither wanted to combine with the other. Because of that, to this day we have physicians treating almost the entire body and dentists dealing with the head & neck. If there were truly any logic in the world, dentistry would be a sub-speciality of medicine just like dermatology, endocrinology, etc.
However, because of the Middle Ages split, dentistry became a totally different profession. This means that frequently patients can get caught in a merry-go-round of trying to run down problems from the 2 sides not communicating as well as they would if we were all one big happy family.
It's nice to see a MD colleague that "gets it" and wants to work with the DDS's & DMD's to help patients. I mean, helping patients is what we are all responsible for.
Doylestown, PA – August 12, 2014 – Charles Whitney, MD who has become well known in the dental industry as a physician who understands the oral-systemic connection, and for being a strong advocate for improved collaboration between dentistry and medicine, will be launching a new company, 3rd Era Dentistry and The Oral-Systemic Specialist Empowerment Program for Dental Hygienists at exhibit #1 at Under One Roof 2014.
3rd Era Dentistry is a division of Dr. Whitney’s newly-formed parent company, 3rd Era Health Inc., which was formed to be a catalyst for integrating patient care across all healthcare disciplines in an effort to create health and prevent illness.
The long-term plan is to form additional divisions for forward-thinking professionals in other healthcare specialties, but according to Dr. Whitney, “The integration of medicine and dentistry is sadly lacking. That’s why 3rd Era Dentistry was where we needed to start - especially among hygienists who are on the front lines of periodontal therapy and patient education.”
At RDH Under One Roof, Dr. Whitney and his director of operations, hygiene thought leader Lisa Wadsworth, RDH will be unveiling The Oral-Systemic Specialist Empowerment Program for Dental Hygienists, a comprehensive package of tools designed to empower dental hygienists to achieve the following goals:
- •Become Oral-Systemic Specialists
- •Evolve into Integrated Care Managers
- •Enhance Patient Education Skills Regarding Oral-Systemic Links
- •Improve Case Acceptance for Perio Treatment
- •Learn Approaches to Collaborate with Physicians
- •Maximize the Professional Value of the RDH
“The hygiene community is very fortunate to have a physician advocate like Dr. Whitney who truly appreciates what they do every day to contribute to the overall health of a patient,” explained Wadsworth. “The collaboration between a physician and a hygienist has resulted in a unique and powerful program”.
The Oral-Systemic Specialist Empowerment Program for Dental Hygienists consists of the following components:
- •Copy of the best-selling book “Beat the Heart Attack Gene” by Dr. Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen ARNP
- •8x a year oral-systemic newsletter
- •Quarterly CE webinars presented or hosted by Dr. Whitney and Lisa
- •Discounted products from strategic partners
- •8x a year, interactive conference calls hosted by Lisa Wadsworth RDH with industry experts, including Dr. Whitney
- •50% discount on from INeedCE.com
- •Copy of the mini-book by RDH thought leader Patti DiGangi, RDH “DentalCodeology: JumpStart Diagnostic Coding”
- •Guidelines on how to build MNR (medical necessity rationale) to increase treatment acceptance and insurance reimbursement
The cost to join 3rd Era Dentistry’s Empowerment Program for Dental Hygienists is only $399.00 for the first year and $199.00 for annual renewal to benefit from continued access to
the phone consultations, CE webinars, discounted CE and newsletters. Hygienists who sign up during RDH Under One Roof 2014 will receive the first year membership for $299.00 and save $100.00! For more information, visit www.3rdEraDentistry.com , call 215-359-6627, or email info@3rdEraDentistry.com.
About Third Era Dentistry
Based in Doylestown, PA,3rd Era Dentistry is a division of 3rd Era Health, which was founded by practicing physician and healthcare industry thought leader Charles Whitney MD, to be a catalyst for integrating patient care across all healthcare disciplines in an effort to create health and prevent illness. 3rd Era Dentistry is specifically-focused on the links between oral disease and overall health as well encouraging increased collaboration between dentistry and medicine. The ultimate goal of 3rd Era Dentistry is to create optimal health and prevent systemic diseases that originate from or are exacerbated by periodontal or endodontic infections. These preventable or manageable diseases include heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications, arthritis, diabetes and dementia. For more information, visit www.3rdEraDentistry.com , call 215-359-6627 or email info@3rdEraDentistry.com.