NCMS Director of Practice Improvement Praised for Meaningful Use Services

Over the past few months, the NCMS has featured several practices that have received assistance from Terri Gonzalez, NCMS Director of Practice Improvement, with practice management needs, including but not limited to Meaningful Use implementation and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. Terri recently helped Urology Associates of Southeastern North Carolina, PA, in meeting Stage 1 of Meaningful Use.

Sue Pasquarell, administrator for Urology Associates of SENC, PA, stated the following about the services Terri provided:

“I could write a book on how much I appreciate Terri Gonzalez!  After the resignation of the person who was instrumental in getting Meaningful Use Stage 1 up and running in my office, I became concerned that we would not meet the requirements. We were just 30 days from completing all the reports and we were moving toward attestation. With so little time, I called Terri and set up an appointment for her to look at my reports. She discovered three out of the five physicians in our practice were ready to attest to Meaningful Use. Terri took an incredible amount of time to help me with all the paperwork needed to attest for Meaningful Use. She displayed nothing but patience and direction in the process. By helping attest one of our physicians, I was able to do the rest with Terri graciously offering to be there for me should I need her. We are grateful to the NCMS for providing the knowledge and professionalism during what could have been a very trying time for our practice!”

Physicians who need assistance attesting to Meaningful Use may contact Terri at 800-722-1350 or [email protected]. The NCMS offers consulting services through PractEssentials to assist physicians with practice management needs. Assisting with Meaningful Use and PCMH are just a few services available to medical practices. Other services include assistance with health information technology (HIT) and ICD-10 implementation, revenue cycle management, patient satisfactory strategy development, and group purchasing. PractEssentials also offers regular interactive educational webinars. PractEssentials helps with opening or closing a practice and anything in between. NCMS members can receive these services at a discounted rate.

For a sneak peek at PractEssentials services, join us for an overview of Meaningful Use requirements as they pertain to specialists. The webinar will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 12 noon – 1:00 pm. Register today.


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  • Dr John J Lund

    Terri-I have been retired since 2008 – I attended your presentation to the Wilson Med Society at the Wilson Country Club last night ( I asked you about privacy security). I have heard from some of my professional friends in practice now about the EHR system and their experience when in an examining room communicating with a patient that they are most of the time not looking at the patient but at the computer screen. This seems to me a phenomenon that interferes with a meaningful doctor-patient relationship. I’m looking forward to your comments.
    John J Lund