Digital health!

Published 10:51 am Thursday, September 22, 2016

JACKSON – The Northampton County Board of Commissioners approved a contract Monday that establishes an electronic health records system for the county Health Department.

The Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.

The Board of Health approved the contract at its May 12 meeting.

‘The Northampton County Health Department is now eligible to receive up to $63,750 over six years for participating in the NC Medicaid EHR Incentive Program,” said Northampton County Health Department Director Andy Smith.

The board also approved Aging Director Joslyn Debraux-Reagor’s proposal for a grant application for Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP)

Reagor said, “Northampton County has been allocated $58,961 for the elderly and disabled transportation assistance program, $7,323 for the employment program, and $57,606 for the rural general public transportation program through the NC Department of Transportation. This year’s amount is $12,737 more than last year.”

The ROAP grant puts all three allocations into a single grant request.

Choanoke Public Transportation Authority would work with the county to provide transportation services.

The board approved Reagor’s annual request, as it has now done for several years running.