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Winkler Cty Memorial charts course for long-term financial success with Prognosis HIS

Winkler County Memorial Hospital in Kermit, Texas, signed an agreement with Prognosis Health Information Systems (Prognosis HIS) and is implementing its financial solution, including its general accounting and patient accounting and billing solution. Backed by strong county and hospital board support, the 19-bed critical access hospital, managed by Preferred Hospital Leasing Co. in Shawnee, Okla., selected Prognosis HIS to ensure the hospital’s information technology (IT) capabilities for revenue cycle management are “on par” with the health care IT world. Prognosis HIS specializes in electronic health record and financial solutions for community hospitals, including rural and critical access hospitals.

“Health care has been a staple in Kermit since the 1930s. Because of that, it is important that we stay on top of all the changes happening in healthcare care, especially in regard to information technology,” said Winker County Memorial Hospital CEO William Ernst. “That’s why we began looking for the total health care IT package.”

“A financially sound hospital is crucial to a community’s health and well-being,” said Prognosis HIS CEO Ramsey Evans. “Prognosis HIS is a proven partner for rural and community hospitals that understand the value of streamlining financial operations and ensuring reimbursement for all the care delivered. Ultimately, these will translate into greater efficiency and profitability.”

Prognosis HIS’ financial system includes the following features:

• Discharge HIM abstract completion

• Billing

• Claims processing

• Payments and adjustments

• A/R collection

• Early out / collection agency data transfer

• General ledger

• Accounts payable

• Payroll / time and attendance

• Materials management

• Patient registration and scheduling

Ernst identified Prognosis HIS’s communication capabilities between its inpatient, emergency department and financial systems; the ease of billing, easyto- use functionality and user experience; and clearly outlined training program as key factors in Winkler’s selection process.

“We sought the total package, but being a smaller hospital we must proceed slowly and make sure our entire team is on board every step of the way,” Ernst added. “We’re excited to move forward with Prognosis and get caught up with the 21st century.”