Congratulations to Orchard Medical Group on meeting M3 Attestation

Top Quote The Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center's (IL-HITREC) Northeast Satellite Office managed by the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) is pleased to announce that six physicians from Orchard Medical Group have reached Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 28, 2012 - Orchard Medical Group, located in Skokie, IL, has been specializing in internal medicine since 1985, focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. This achievement will help Orchard Medical Group continue in its mission to provide accessible, safe and high-quality care to its communities through the leveraging of health information technology.

    The six providers who successfully achieved meaningful use in May are Greg Denenberg MD, Matthew J. Fischer MD, Cliff Ireland DO, Gregory Kaczmarek MD, Stephen Kashian MD, and Joseph P. Wyse MD. Kathy Fisher, MD and Vandana Jain MD are scheduled to attest to Stage 1 Meaningful Use by June. Each physician will be eligible to receive up to $44,000 over five years in Medicare incentives for adopting electronic medical records in their practice.

    Consulting firm Technical Doctor Inc. assisted the physicians in adopting an electronic health records (EHR) system. It provided project management for implementation of the EHR, on-site coaching, vendor coordination, consultation and other activities to assure that the physicians were able to use the EHR system in a manner that meets meaningful use standards.

    "We couldn't have done it without IL- HITREC and their consulting team Technical Doctor!" said Joanne Schroeter, office manager, Orchard Medical Group.

    "The success achieved by Orchard Medical Group is exactly what the Regional Extension Center is supporting across the state," said Susan O'Keefe, manager, IL-HITREC Northeast Satellite Office at MCHC. "We work with physicians every step of the way to help them implement EHRs with the goal of improving the quality and value of the care they provide to their communities."

    Roger Holloway, Co-Director of IL-HITREC, said "This is a significant achievement and IL-HITREC congratulates Orchard Medical Group."

    IL-HITREC is one of 64 Regional Extension Centers in the U.S designated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The Regional Extension Centers were established as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act that was signed into law by President Obama in 2009. The HITECH Act authorizes the CMS to provide reimbursement incentives for physician and hospital providers who demonstrate the meaningful use of an EHR.

    To attest to meaningful use, eligible physicians must demonstrate adaptation, implementation, upgrading, or meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology for the meaningful use objectives and attest that they have successfully met the requirements of the program. Once eligible physicians have successfully completed an online submission through the CMS attestation system, they can qualify for either Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive payments.
    Statewide, IL-HITREC is helping 1,300 priority primary care providers meet Meaningful Use criteria. For more information, contact Roger Holloway, Co-Director of IL-HITREC, at (815) 753-5900 or rholloway ( @ ) niu dot edu dot

    About IL-HITREC
    IL-HITREC is a collaboration of several healthcare and educational organizations focused on providing education, outreach and technical assistance to priority primary care providers within Illinois, outside the City of Chicago. It is working to improve the quality and value of care physicians provide by attaining meaningful use of electronic health records. IL-HITREC is headquartered at Northern Illinois University and has satellite delivery offices in DeKalb, Chicago, Peoria and Sauget. For more information, visit

    About MCHC
    The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council is a membership and service association comprising more than 150 hospitals and health care organizations working together, since 1935, to improve the delivery of health care services in the greater metropolitan Chicago area. More information is available on the MCHC Web site at
    About Orchard Medical Group Orchard Medical Group has been specializing in internal medicine in the Skokie, IL area. Since 1985, their doctors have been focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Orchard Medical Group accepts patients 16 years and older. For more information, visit

    About Technical Doctor Inc. Founded in 2007 to meet growing healthcare IT needs, the Technical Doctor concept has flourished and now supports an ever-growing number of practices. The corporate team has over 60 years of combined medical practice and IT experience, including managing a physician practice, leading medical information technology teams, streamlining medical insurance billing processes, and implementing and supporting a broad array of IT systems and technologies for the health care industry. For more information, visit

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