Hello, and welcome to the official blog for Briarpatch Pediatrics! We couldn't be more excited to have you here with us, and we're so grateful that you've entrusted Briarpatch Pediatrics with the healthcare of your family. As we move into the new year – February already!? – we at Briarpatch Pediatrics are gearing up to welcome some big changes. Like anything new, some of these policies or programs may take some getting used to, but we're optimistic about the future and look forward to another great year! With that being said, let us introduce some of these changes, and detail how they many affect you as our patients, and our practice.
Moving to Epic
On March 14, 2018, Briarpatch Pediatrics is officially switching from our preferred EMR software, athenaHealth, to Epic, the chosen EMR of Boston Children's Hospital, and the Preferred Physicians of Children's (PPOC). As members of athenaHealth since 2005, this will be no small change for Briarpatch Pediatrics, but we are excited to meet the challenge head on, and to continue our journey toward becoming the most advanced pediatric practice we can be.
One of the many benefits of switching to Epic, patients will now be able to login to MyChart, a new patient portal where you will be able to send and receive messages to and from your providers, view and pay bills online, and get copies of immunization records, and camp and sports forms, as well as fill out screening forms which will download automatically into your child's chart.
We want to make this change as positive as possible for all members of our practice, and ask that our patients help us in our transitional period by signing or filling out necessary paperwork (much of which will be electronic and easier to complete!), and bearing with us as we assimilate to Epic. We thank you for your patience!
Medicaid Plans Moving to Accountable Care Organization (ACO)
Separate of our switch to Epic but taking effect at the same time, health insurance plans through Medicaid will also be changing. As of March 1, 2018, all Medicaid policy holders are officially being directed to an ACO plan, or an Accountable Care Organization. Depending on the practice you or your child is associated with, the selected ACO will differ, but the plan chosen for patients at Briarpatch will be Tufts with Boston Children's ACO.
If your child was registered as our patient before November 1, 2017, then Medicaid will automatically switch your plan to Tufts ACO, but if your child, including newborns, was registered after this date, then you will need to contact Medicaid to select the proper plan.
If you have questions about changes to your Medicaid health insurance, please contact MassHealth.
We at Briarpatch Pediatrics are here for our patients through this time of transition, and are excited for another great year at the practice. Thank you for reading, and for choosing us as your child's primary health care provider! Have a wonderful day!
- Briarpatch Pedi