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Hillcrest prepares for electronic medical charting

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Staff at Hillcrest Nursing Home are checking out several options before committing to a company for electronic charting.

Electronic charting is mandated to be in place by Dec. 31 and will help record reimbursable activities. Ease of use by staff and the ability to generate accurate reports is crucial in selecting the right company to work with, said Hillcrest Administrator Colinda Nappa at the Board of Trustees regular meeting Tuesday morning.

Three bids are under consideration, Nappa said, and concern whether to lease or buy new euipment. She cited costs from American Health Tech, the current charting software provider, to purchase equipment and software for the new charting system at $52,498 plus $25,000 for software.

Brett Warren and Ciprian Galarneau of 20/20 Technologies, a McCook software business, attended Tuesday's meeting and said Warren said he found that Carevoyant, a Chicago-based company, seems to offer the best "bang for the buck" when leasing equipment and software.

Trustee Randy Dean said the recent on-site demonstration by Carevoyan showed the charting system easy to use and clear, with touch-screen commands.

Instead of buying new equipment, Warren quoted Carevoyant's costs of leasing equipment and software at $5,711 per month for 36-month lease; $4,663 for a 48-month lease and $4,064 for a 60-month lease.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously for another on-site demonstration by Carevoyant before making a final decision.

The board also unanimously voted to switch to Principal Financial Group for the employee retirement fund in hopes participation will increase.

Grant Ericksen, Principal Financial Group investment adviser representative, said participation is now around 28 percent, when 90 percent is desirable. With Principal, there would be more education available on the best way to invest, he said.

Jim Howard, trustee, was hopeful that with more information there might be more participation among staff.

The board also revised how employees choose their health insurance. By unanimous vote, the board allowed employees to enroll for health insurance, dental/vision insurance or both.

Prior to this action, employees had to enroll in both.

The change made common sense to trustee Jim Howard. "If an employee has a husband who has health insurance, why pay for it again?" he commented.

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