HCQS FAQs

What is the Regional Extension Center?
The Regional Extension Center (REC) services at Southern Regional AHEC help primary care providers implement new electronic health records (EHR) and optimize existing EHRs. If you have an EHR, Southern Regional AHEC's REC services can help you meet federal standards for "meaningful use." If you use paper charts, our services can help you prepare for, select and adopt a certified EHR so you can meet "meaningful use" standards.

How can I get started?
Complete our online application (hyperlink to www.ncahecrec.net).Our team of consultants will contact you to schedule your initial appointment and discuss the next steps.

How do you access services?
All services are accessed through our website, www.ahecqualitysource.com.

What is Meaningful Use?
According to CMS, "meaningful use" simply means providers need to show they are using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity.
Meaningful use includes both a core set and a menu set of objectives that are specific to eligible professionals or eligible hospitals and CAHs. For eligible professionals, there are a total of 25 meaningful use objectives. To qualify for an incentive payment, 20 of these 25 objectives must be met.
• There are 15 required core objectives.
• The remaining five objectives may be chosen from the list of 10 menu set objectives.

For more information on Meaningful Use, visit our Meaningful Use page.

What is PCMH?
The primary care medical home (PCMH), also referred to as the patient centered medical home, advanced primary care, and the healthcare home, is a model for providing care that comprehensive, patient centered, coordinated, accessible and committed to quality and safety.
For more information on PCMH, visit our PCMH page. (hyperlink to PCMH page)

What type of practices are eligible for our services?
We provide services to any primary care practice in the following counties: Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Sampson.

How can you help me with Quality Improvement?
Our consultants can provide you with tools, resources, and support to redesign systems in your practice that enhance care and improve patient and care team satisfaction. Our quality improvement activities may include adopting tools and methods to help you drive improvement and system change, assisting you with preparing for programs such as NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition, pursuing credit toward Maintenance of Certification Part IV and earning AMA PRA Category 1TM CME credit; and opportunities to collaborate with and learn from other participating practices.