Medicaid providers in Michigan were lagging behind other states in adopting electronic health record systems, so the state enlisted Altarum to accelerate their progress through our Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption (M-CEITA) initiative, a CMS and privately-funded program that helps providers comply with Meaningful Use and increase operational quality, efficiency, and security.
Through this program, Altarum gives direct support to providers adopting and upgrading their certified electronic health record technology. We help practices leverage technology to actively manage patient populations, support effective care delivery, enhance business operations, facilitate interoperability and information exchange, and improve health outcomes. We also help providers apply for Medicaid incentive payments, which are available through 2021.
Our services have helped more than 6,000 providers in more than 500 practices successfully adopt certified electronic health record technology. These services have been used by providers representing 65 different specialties working on more than 60 different technology systems.
Project Manager, Quality ImprovementAreas of Expertise
- Project Management
- Federal Clinical Regulations and Compliance
- Health IT Adoption
Bruce is Altarum’s project manager on the Healthy Hearts for Michigan program, a 3-year project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality targeting cardiovascular disease improvement in rural Michigan primary care offices, as well as the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Office of Minority Health (OMH) jointly funded National Hypertension Control Initiative which aims to address disparities amongst racial and ethnic minority populations. Bruce also manages another project funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services tasked with assisting HIV clinics in southeast Michigan with the identification and care of HIV patients who have also been diagnosed with type II diabetes or chronic kidney disease. Previous projects include two separate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded initiatives focused on leveraging and optimizing health information technology to aid Michigan clinics with identifying and managing patients with hypertension and diabetes. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.