Emergency Medicine Physicians Partners with athenahealth to Drive Improved Practice Management and Patient Communications across 60 Hospitals and 14 States

Jan 09, 2013

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More than 800 emergency physicians to benefit from athenahealth’s Best in KLAS cloud-based services

Emergency Medicine Physicians Partners with athenahealth to Drive Improved Practice Management and Patient Communications across 60 Hospitals and 14 States

More than 800 emergency physicians to benefit from athenahealth’s Best in KLAS cloud-based services

WATERTOWN, Mass. & CANTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 9, 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 Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP), a physician-owned medical group comprised of more than 800 emergency medicine physicians, has selected athenaCollector®, athenahealth’s Best in KLAS cloud-based practice management service, and athenaCommunicator®, athenahealth’s cloud-based service for patient communications, to support EMP physicians to deliver top-quality patient care and outcomes.

EMP, an industry leader and innovator in emergency medicine and one of the largest physician-owned emergency department groups in the U.S., has partnered with athenahealth to support its continued national growth and expanding hospital partner network. With athenahealth, EMP will benefit from additional workforce scale and revenue cycle management workflow capabilities, which will allow the group to streamline revenue collection and maximize its focus on patient care. Through its work with athenahealth, EMP will also strengthen its point-of-contact with the approximately three million patients it treats annually by launching a new communication services tool to support and streamline patient-physician interactions outside of the exam room.

“Our nationwide network of emergency physicians has tripled in size over the past decade, making the task of overseeing financial and clinical performance all the more challenging. Partnering with athenahealth helps ensure that we are managing operations to scale,” said Dominic Bagnoli, Chairman and CEO, EMP. “In addition to the clear value that athenahealth’s practice management services will bring to EMP, we were also struck by the ability to use athenahealth’s integrated communications services to more effectively communicate with patients and providers of health care in our partner health systems.”

With athenaCollector, EMP will gain real-time insight into a broad range of business activities, including things like claim status, patient eligibility, and payer monitoring. In addition, because athenaCollector is cloud-based and backed by a highly engaged services team, EMP will benefit from a proprietary rules database that not only monitors billing and practice management activity in real-time, but flags mistakes and fixes them based on best practices and knowledge that is constantly advanced through input from all athenahealth customers.

athenaCommunicator will help EMP more effectively support its patients as they navigate the current medical environment. Using athenaCommunicator, EMP will be able to more effectively communicate with patients without the hassle of traditional methods.

“EMP is a category leader in terms of privately owned, managed medical groups with a rapidly growing network of physicians across the U.S. This is exactly the type of medical environment that benefits from athenahealth’s cloud-based services—we can scale up and down as needed, we get the job done whether you’re a solo practitioner or part of a large practice, and the more doctors and patients added to the network, the smarter and more effective athenaNet becomes,” said Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO, athenahealth. “We can’t wait to continuously learn and improve from the 800-plus EMP physicians that are joining athenahealth, and in turn, share our financial and clinical knowledge with the expanding EMP universe.”

For more information on athenaCollector, athenahealth’s cloud-based practice management services, and athenaCommunicator, athenahealth’s cloud-based patient communications service, please visit our website, www.athenahealth.com, or follow along on our blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

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 www.athenahealth.com or call 888-652-8200.

About Emergency Medicine Physicians

Emergency Medicine Physicians is a leading employer of residency-trained, board-certified emergency physicians across the United States. EMP provides Emergency Department management and staffing solutions to nearly 60 hospitals in 14 states.

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 anticipated benefits and use of, and improvements in, athenahealth’s 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 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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