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#1 DrWinn

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 07:51 AM

Is anyone here using AthenaHealth to do their outsourced billing? With the level of rancor that occurs among physicians when an EMR is priced above a few dollars, you would think that Athena would have a hard go of it. I was told by one consultant that one practice was paying 9% of revenue for their billing services. I think their 'introductory rate' is 4.9%. Perhaps once they have you, they slowly add additional services for additional fees without anyone noticing. Anyway, they seem to be doing well. Several EMR companies provide the same service - names like Greenway come to mind, but i do not believe they are experiencing the same level of success.

Anyway, if anyone has experience with Athena, I would love to hear from you.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 06:56 AM

Athenahealth Inc. continues to position itself as a leader in the nationwide push to convert physicians to digital medical records, as the company reported a 42 percent increase in sales and healthy profits during the second quarter.

The Watertown, Mass.-based provider of web-based healthcare software reported a $3 million second-quarter profit on about $47 million in sales, compared to the $2.8 million profit the company reported on $33 million in sales during the same period last year.

For the six-months ended June 30, Athenahealth reported an $8.8 million profit on $84 million in sales, compared to $4.6 million on $59 million in sales during the first six months of 2008.

The company also boosted enrollment by physicians using Athenahealth's suite of EHR products. Athenahealth said about 13,600 physicians and more than 20,000 medical providers use the company's athenaCollector, a web-based physician billing tool.

The company is actively promoting its ability to help physicians comply with the HITECH provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

HITECH provides cash incentives of up to $63,500 to Medicaid healthcare providers that can demonstrate "meaningful use" of electronic healthcare records.

Athenahealth is aggressively seeking partnerships to help physicians take advantage of this provision, as evidenced by the devotion of an entire section of its website to the issue.


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Posted 17 September 2009 - 06:38 AM

WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of Internet-based business services to physician practices, today announced it has launched a program guaranteeing that physicians who use its EHR service, athenaClinicalsSM, will receive a HITECH Act bonus payment under the 2011 program year. To learn more about athenahealth’s EHR and the new federal bonus guarantee program please visit: www.athenahealth.com/bonus.

“While traditional software vendors make promises that their functionality will ‘evolve’ to ‘meet standards for meaningful use,’ the rapid pace of change in health care means that physicians can’t afford to wait and are expecting a lot more,” said Jonathan Bush, athenahealth’s Chairman and CEO. “As a result, athenahealth is making a no-excuses guarantee of HITECH Act bonus money with our service-based EHR for two core reasons: first, we are uniquely positioned to do so given our web-based, shared risk service model, and second, the reform environment has driven physicians to look beyond licensed software for partners who take an active interest in improving their financial and clinical outcomes in an ongoing manner. Health reform is happening at a revolutionary speed, and licensed software, whether it’s hosted or client server-based, is moving at an evolutionary pace – we want people to know there is a better way.”

The HITECH Act was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009, as part of the larger stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Act includes up to $44,000 total in Medicare payment incentives per eligible provider who demonstrates “meaningful use” of an EHR starting in 2011. For additional information on the HITECH Act please visit: www.athenahealth.com/HITECHAct.

“athenahealth’s launch of this industry-unique HITECH Act bonus guarantee program further demonstrates its differentiated business model as being truly aligned with clients’ financial and clinical outcomes. This model is the primary reason our care delivery network uses its EHR service,” said Bo Kopynec, M.D., a family physician with FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, non-governmental, not-for-profit health care network serving 15 counties in the Mid-Carolinas. “To qualify for the HITECH stimulus dollars, medical practices will have to find and build new ways of monitoring all of the program’s various eligibility requirements, change and map clinical workflows against those, and then make sure they are practicing and reporting properly to comply over time. Software vendors do not assume risk in helping their clients successfully participate and collect payment. Guaranteeing that their software will work or offering loans is simply not going far enough.”

The Company’s new Clinical Intelligence Team (CIT) will support athenahealth’s Federal Stimulus Bonus Payment Guarantee Program, working to deliver the maximum allowable stimulus benefit to physicians by ensuring that both athenaCollectorSM and athenaClinicals services are continuously updated and compliant with all HITECH Act reporting requirements.

Bush continued, “The overarching benefit of our unique software-enabled service (SeS) model is that we take on the work of getting physicians enrolled and qualified for new programs like the HITECH Act, and at no additional charge, we update our national network daily with new rules and requirements for physicians, whether from the government or commercial payers. This virtual back-office service means that providers avoid the distraction and cost of maintaining and updating traditional software, the failure of which has prompted the need for the HITECH Act itself.”

athenahealth expects to incur a related expense when physicians sign up under the guarantee program. This expense would be reversed when physicians receive their bonus payments.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth’s service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and automated and live patient communication services. For more information visit www.athenahealth.com or call (888) 652-8200.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the benefits of athenahealth's service offerings and the ability of those offerings to meet the requirements of the HITECH Act bonus payment program. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the risk that our services offerings will not operate in the manner that we expect, due to design flaws, security breaches or otherwise; potential interruptions or delays in our internet-based services offerings; our reliance upon third parties, such as computer hardware, software, data-hosting and internet infrastructure providers, which reliance may result in failures or disruptions in our service offerings; errors or omissions included in our payer and clinical intelligence rules engine and database; and the evolving and complex government regulatory compliance environment in which we and our clients operate. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. athenahealth undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by athenahealth, please see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available on the Investors section of our website at http://www.athenahealth.com and on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:15 AM

ST. CHARLES, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 11/10/09 -- Monolith Software, a software provider with the industry's most flexible and versatile infrastructure management solution, today announced that athenahealth, Inc., (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of Internet-based business services to physician practices, has deployed Monolith Software to provide transparency and to ensure the highest levels of performance of its healthcare applications and IT infrastructure that support thousands of daily users nationwide. Over 20,000 medical providers rely on athenahealth's centrally-hosted practice management and electronic medical records (EMR) platform, athenaNet®, in addition to payer and clinical intelligence, to radically improve control over their billing and clinical operations.

athenahealth chose Monolith Software for its comprehensive availability, fault and performance management solution, which is ideal for fast growing, service-focused businesses. Offering a single view for IT managers, Monolith Software's integrated design minimizes time spent identifying and resolving system performance degradations. The Monolith portal uses the latest Web-based technology, which offers customers new levels of data security and transparency of service health with real-time data and analysis available from any browser from any location.

"athenahealth prides itself on offering high levels of service performance to our physician practices, which must be able to access their patient records and medical applications at a moment's notice," said Ed Park, CTO of athenahealth. "Monolith Software offers us advanced performance trend analysis and robust correlation capabilities to help us with the end-to-end visibility and control we need as we continue to expand our hosted service offering nationwide."

Previously, athenahealth used a combination of open source solutions that provided specialized functionality. While open source solutions have a good reputation in enterprise settings, they cannot offer a single, integrated view of the entire infrastructure. Monolith Software builds monitoring environments that allow the collection of events from many disparate sources through a single window. IT customers can effectively configure and manage all of these events using the Monolith solution's advanced event correlation capabilities. Along with this event management, Monolith Software provides the configuring of performance metrics polling, which can be used for setting service level thresholds and calculating predictive trend analysis. Monolith Software offers the industry's most secure, Web-based technology to help ensure the integrity of customer data and information. "In a highly competitive business environment, we need an IT staff and system that can respond to our business with quick deployments and configurations, and little hands-on administration," added Park. "The Monolith solution proactively monitors our environment and increases our operational efficiency so we can respond to service degradations before our medical group clients are even aware there is a problem."

"With Monolith Software, organizations can holistically monitor their entire IT infrastructure to ensure they are operating at the highest levels of service to support the needs of the business. Monolith provides software that was purpose built to address the needs of IT operations professionals with highly advanced capabilities for intelligent escalation, notification, run book automation and service desk integration," stated Jeff Parker, president of Monolith Software. "Monolith helps organizations like athenahealth to comprehensively manage infrastructure performance to deliver business results."

About athenahealth, Inc.

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth's service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and automated and live patient communication services. For more information, visit www.athenahealth.com or call (888) 652-8200.

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Monolith Software offers the industry's most flexible IT management software designed to increase the operational efficiencies of network operations centers (NOCs). Delivering a fully integrated, open architecture platform for managing fault, availability and performance management, Monolith Software offers service providers and IT organizations real-time control and insight into the health, performance and availability of mission critical systems and applications with a reduced total cost of ownership.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 02:02 PM

DENVER & WATERTOWN, Mass., Mar 03, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- athenahealth, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!athn/quotes/nls/athn (ATHN 38.35, +1.16, +3.12%) , a leading provider of internet-based business services to physician practices, and DaVita Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!dva/quotes/nls/dva (DVA 63.18, -0.36, -0.56%) , a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), announced a partnership to deliver an integrated, web-based electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management service to nephrologists across the country.

The new service will be available to nephrologists interested in making the investment in a streamlined alternative to the multiple services and software programs they currently use to manage their clinical and business operations.

"The seamless integration of Falcon EHR™ and athenaCollector(SM) offers a dynamic turnkey solution that enables nephrologists to focus their time, expense, and resources on the most important matters - delivering superior patient care and clinical outcomes," said Anthony Gabriel, Chief Information Officer of DaVita.

"We are excited to join with DaVita and Falcon as we feel this new integrated solution will enable nephrologists to have access to a completely web-based platform that is unique in its ability to address the needs of the nephrology physician market," said Derek Hedges, athenahealth Senior Vice President of Product Development.

Unique to the athenaCollector service is a patented knowledge-base of payer reimbursement process rules known as athenaRules--which acts as a proactive utility that is continually updated based on the interactions and experiences of the more than 22,000 medical providers using the system. When new claim denial trends are encountered, the rules are refreshed and the intelligence made available to all clients on the network. This enables the system to produce cleaner and more accurate claims with every instance of use. For providers who elect to take advantage of this partnership offering, athenaCollector will help reduce billing inefficiencies that impact operational performance and the overall patient experience.

Falcon EHR provides nephrologists with a one-stop destination for the information and capabilities needed to seamlessly follow kidney patients across the spectrum of kidney care. It promotes efficiency in nephrology practices by streamlining the workflow of the entire office staff, helping to prevent gaps in communication and response times, and supporting individual physician preferences for documentation.

About DaVita

DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of December 31, 2009, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,530 outpatient dialysis facilities and acute units in approximately 720 hospitals located in 43 states and the District of Columbia, serving approximately 118,000 patients. DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. The company's leadership development initiatives and corporate social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu, among others. For more information, please visit www.davita.com.

About Falcon, LLC

The Falcon™ suite manages kidney patients' health records from CKD through ESRD and can be accessed wherever there is Internet access. Developed, tested and endorsed by kidney professionals in the doctor's office and the dialysis center, Falcon™ is powered by DaVita® and supported by a dedicated Falcon team. For more information, visit www.falconehr.com or call (877) 99-FALCON.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth's service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and automated and live patient communication services. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call (888) 652-8200.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the integration and benefits of athenahealth's, Falcon's, and their combined service offerings. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the risk that our service offerings will not operate in the manner that we expect, due to design flaws, security breaches, or otherwise; potential interruptions or delays in our Internet-based service offerings; our reliance upon third parties, such as computer hardware, software, data-hosting, and Internet infrastructure providers, which reliance may result in failures or disruptions in our service offerings; errors or omissions included in our payer and clinical intelligence rules engine and database; and the evolving and complex government regulatory compliance environment in which we and our clients operate. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. athenahealth, Inc., DaVita Inc., and Falcon, LLC undertake no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by athenahealth, Inc., please see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available on the Investors section of our websites at www.athenahealth.com and www.davita.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 05:54 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. & WATERTOWN, Mass., Aug 09, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Provides financial support to doctors to assist adoption of electronic health record technology

--Groundbreaking clinical data integration between health insurer and web-based electronic health record provider

Humana Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!hum/quotes/nls/hum (HUM 50.71, +0.10, +0.20%) and athenahealth, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!athn/quotes/nls/athn (ATHN 26.90, +1.11, +4.30%) , today announced an alliance that connects Humana's Primary Care Rewards Program with athenahealth's electronic health record (EHR) service. The innovative alliance further demonstrates Humana's commitment to primary care and physician engagement, as well as the company's ability to align incentives that encourage and reward quality and better outcomes for its health-plan members, while advancing the overall efficiency of the health care delivery system.

The Humana-athenahealth Medical Home EHR Rewards Program marks the first time a national health plan is collaborating with a practice-management and EHR solution to jointly provide useful, actionable information to physicians in support of patient-centered care.

As part of the alliance, Humana will subsidize the implementation cost of athenahealth's EHR service, athenaClinicals(SM), for physicians who are interested in and eligible for participation. Humana and athenahealth will jointly promote the program to approximately 20,000 family and internal medicine physicians who are part of Humana's national provider network, with Humana subsidizing the implementation cost for 100 physician practices projected to represent 1,000 physicians, ranging from small practices to large multi-specialty groups that include primary-care physicians.

"Seamless, integrated electronic medical records are a critical necessity in patient care today, greatly reducing the chance of medical errors and duplicative treatment, facilitating a more holistic view of the patient's care profile and improving outcomes," said Bruce Perkins, senior vice president of Humana's Healthcare Delivery Systems and Clinical Processes organization.

"This partnership not only makes it possible, but makes it easy and affordable for providers to capture patient-care activity into an integrated EHR," Perkins said. "This will facilitate enhanced care coordination; serve as a patient-centric repository for specific gaps-in-care alerts; and be the centerpiece for multi-provider communication -- all of which must exist to improve outcomes and reduce cost."

To achieve EHR integration, the program will leverage Humana's relationship with Availity, one of the industry's leading health-information networks, to deliver information captured in the Availity® CareProfile® to athenahealth. Humana currently delivers health information and clinical messaging regarding its members through the Availity CareProfile; Availity will empower athenaClinicals with this information.

Via the Humana-athenahealth program, physician encounters will be measured in conjunction with nationally recognized HEDIS quality measures -- administrative opportunities and measures designed to improve the overall efficiency of the health care delivery system, such as readmission rate, generic-drug dispensing rate, mail-order usage and health-risk-assessment completion.

Further evidence of Humana's commitment to quality care is demonstrated by care-coordination payments made to practices in recognition of their transformation to a more patient-centered approach to care delivery. Physician practices will be provided with individualized goals and measured regularly to provide performance feedback. Physician practices may also be eligible to receive additional financial benefits through a shared-savings program, but only after the practices meet or exceed certain quality benchmarks.

In total, participating physicians could realize additional revenue of 20 percent beyond their current fee-for-service base collections from Humana. Also, athenahealth will be offering a service package to participants that will include the Company's full, integrated suite of services. This package is specially designed to make Medical Home compliance easier on physician practices while enabling them to optimize their performance in the Program.

"Humana is committed to alleviating the burden felt by doctors as they balance patient care and the administration of their practices. This balance can be achieved by bringing more transactions online and through meaningful use of EHRs," said Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO of athenahealth. "Parallel to the government's efforts to drive 'meaningful use' of EHRs, athenahealth and Humana are leaping ahead through the introduction of the first true private- sector solution between a payer and service provider to deliver meaningful outcomes."

Bush continued, "We are eager to partner with Humana on one of the industry's early efforts to close some of the gaps that exist in the health supply chain and hope other insurers will follow the collaboration's lead."

Based on the success of the partnership, Humana and athenahealth will explore other opportunities to drive new communications and collaborative options between Humana, its health care provider network and health-plan members.

Physicians or practices interested in participating in this program may contact Humana at nationalnetworkoperations@humana.com or visit www.athenahealth.com/Humana

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth's service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and automated and live patient communication services. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call (888) 652-8200.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members and approximately 7.3 million specialty-benefit members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 49-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company's Web site at http://www.humana.com, including copies of:

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the benefits of the contemplated offerings, the terms of those offerings, and the number of physicians who might participate. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the risk that our service offerings will not operate in the manner that we expect, due to design flaws, security breaches, or otherwise; potential interruptions or delays in our internet-based service offerings; our reliance upon third parties, such as computer hardware, software, data-hosting, and internet infrastructure providers, which reliance may result in failures or disruptions in our service offerings; errors or omissions included in our payer and clinical intelligence rules engine and database; and the evolving and complex government regulatory compliance environment in which we and our clients operate. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. athenahealth undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by athenahealth, please see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available on the Investors section of our website at http://www.athenahealth.com and on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 08:56 PM

Interesting video about athenahealth :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 02:58 PM

Interesting video about athenahealth :thumbsup:


I hear they'll be announcing some interesting news at the next HIMSS. Anyone have any idea what that might be?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:39 AM

Well, in response to some of the issues brought up here:

Obviously some people are using athena, since their stock seems to keep going up.

And, everybody makes announcements at HIMSS. So I didn't hold my breath!




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