athenahealth Delivers 96 Percent Meaningful Use Attestation Rate Among Participating Providers

  athenahealth Delivers 96 Percent Meaningful Use Attestation Rate Among
  Participating Providers

       Company Marries the Power of Real-Time Cloud-Based Network and a
Differentiated Service Approach to Provide Immediate, Flexible, and Efficient
             Updates and to Coach Customers Over the Finish Line

  Builds on Company’s Meaningful Use Stage 1 Attestation Rate of 85 Percent,
 More than Double the Industry Average; Sympathizes with CMS Around Inability
  of Competitors to Deliver Similar Success Against Meaningful Use Criteria

Business Wire

WATERTOWN, Mass. -- March 18, 2013

athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based
electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination
services to medical groups and health systems, today announced that 96 percent
of the company’s participating providers successfully attested for 2012
Medicare Meaningful Use Stage 1, Year 1. The company’s 96 percent attestation
builds on the 85 percent rate delivered against 2011 Medicare Meaningful Use
Stage 1, Year 1 and more than doubles the industry average (low 40 percent).

Jonathan Bush, CEO and Chairman of athenahealth, said, “Our Medicare
Meaningful Use attestation rate is the proof in the pudding for cloud-based
HIT services. This isn’t just a statistic: successful attestation represents
real improvement in our client caregivers’ patient workflows, not to mention
receipt of government MU incentive funds. It makes a tangible difference for
our clients, which is what we work to do every day.”

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently reported 12 percent of
eligible Medicare providers nationwide have successfully attested to
Meaningful Use.

Bush continued, “Ironically, this latest evidence of the superiority of the
cloud model comes just on the heels of CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services] issuing yet another in a series of Meaningful Use program delays.
While our software-based competition insists that the MU program sets the bar
too high and moves too fast, our results prove otherwise. While we sympathize
with CMS having to reconcile athenahealth’s average 90 percent success rate
across MU Stage 1 with the persistent failures of our competitors, we are
disappointed that CMS continues to prop up health information technology’s
laggards. If health information technology is ever to catch up with the rest
of the information economy, we cannot afford to keep hitting the brakes.”

athenahealth’s participating providers’ Meaningful Use success stems from the
cloud-based service model that provides real-time, on-demand performance data,
free performance coaching, and full registration and attestation support. The
company also offers the industry's only federal incentive EHR guarantee, a
Meaningful Use Resource Center, and a cross-functional team of experts to help
clients manage—and even benefit from—Meaningful Use.

“A major advantage of a cloud-based EHR is that it uses real-time data from
across the entire user network to continually learn and improve; with
athenaClinicals, we benefit from lessons learned at other practices and by
providers across the network,” said Dr. Amy Shoptaugh, pediatrician at All
About Kids Pediatrics in Tempe, AZ. “While Meaningful Use is confusing in
nature, athenahealth simplified the whole process by making the data easy to
track and understand, as well as helping us to manage our performance against
Meaningful Use measures. It’s not surprising that the majority of my
athenahealth colleagues have attested to MU Stage 1 as they benefit from the
same version of the cloud-based EHR that I do.”

“athenahealth made attesting for Meaningful Use easy. Tracking and reporting
clinical data against Meaningful Use measures is streamlined and built into
our EHR documentation workflow; even with additional reporting requirements,
we’ve been able to reduce care coordination and administrative work by nearly
80 percent,” said Dr. Jaswant Chaddha of Atlanta West Women’s Center. “The
athenaClinicals EHR gave me time back to focus on patients and not on
reporting. Ultimately, I believe athenahealth provides more than a certified
EMR, they’re Meaningful Use experts who coached me through the process and
made sure I attested. Because of them, I was able to collect incentive dollars
without distracting from the delivery of care.”

Since the introduction of the HITECH Act, athenahealth has been working
closely with its clients to help ensure their full compliance with the
requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid incentive program. Through its
cloud-based EHR, with providers sharing a single instance of software,
athenahealth has a real-time view into how its providers are performing. This
enables the company to identify client pain points and focus its array of
client services on addressing these challenges for all clients on the network.

Visitors to can explore all 20 Meaningful Use
measures, view the up-to-date performance of athenahealth’s physicians on each
measure, and learn what steps athenahealth is taking, measure by measure, to
help its clients achieve success.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based Best in KLAS
electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination
services to medical groups and health systems. athenahealth’s mission is to be
the most trusted service to medical care givers, helping them do well by doing
the right thing. For more information, please visit or
call 888-652-8200.


athenahealth, Inc.
Holly Spring, 617-402-1631
Govt. Relations:
Dan Haley, 617-402-8746
Dana Quattrochi, 617-402-1329
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