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MatrixCare Partners With AMDA to Automate Clinical Practice Guidelines and Know-It-All Series

MatrixCare Clinical Decision Support Can Reduce Costs and Increase the Quality of Care

BLOOMINGTON, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/27/14 -- MatrixCare™, the industry leading EHR for long-term care and senior living providers, has entered into an agreement with AMDA -- The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) to incorporate AMDA's Clinical Practice Guidelines and Know-It-All series into MatrixCare Clinical Coach™ and Clinical Guardian™ clinical decision support products. AMDA's Clinical Practice Guidelines have set the standard for clinical care processes in post-acute and long-term care settings. MatrixCare is the first EHR for post-acute and long-term care with embedded clinical decision support features using AMDA's evidence-based and expert-endorsed resources.

John Damgaard, MatrixCare President and CEO, commented, "Clinical decision support embedded in the EHR will be critical for long-term care providers to leverage clinical resources to provide quality care for the growing population of seniors. Running 'parallel systems' with overlapping clinical workflows is not a viable solution as it introduces the potential for errors in data entry, decreases staff efficiency, and adds unnecessary costs. We are honored to partner with AMDA, the standard bearer of clinical protocols in post-acute and long-term care settings. MatrixCare Clinical Coach and Clinical Guardian are the first and only AMDA-enhanced clinical decision support tools built into an LTPAC EHR to reduce costs and re-hospitalizations, mitigate risks, and, more importantly, provide superior care and better outcomes."

AMDA Executive Director Christopher Laxton, CAE, said, "AMDA's mission is to improve the quality of post-acute and long-term care. Our expert clinical support resources -- the Clinical Practice Guidelines and Know-It-All system -- is one significant way we advance that mission. We're proud to partner with MatrixCare to extend the reach of these important resources to more facilities and settings of care."

AMDA Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) emphasize key care processes and help to guide staff and practitioner practices and performance. They are widely used and referenced throughout post-acute and long-term care and are referenced in the CMS MDS and State Operations manuals. AMDA's Know-It-All system is designed to maximize quality care and avoid unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations. These tools enable practitioners and nursing staff to communicate in a way that ensures a seamless continuum of care.

"Healthcare today requires that providers demonstrate the use of evidence-based practices," said Denise Wassennar, RN and MatrixCare Chief Clinical Officer. "As the breadth and depth of health related research continues to grow it becomes more challenging for clinicians to remain current on best practices. AMDA's Clinical Practice Guidelines have set the standard for post-acute and long-term care and MatrixCare Clinical Coach and Clinical Guardian bring clinical decision support to long-term care providers in a way that increases efficiency and results in better resident outcomes."

About MatrixCare
MatrixCare solutions have powered the long-term care continuum for over 30 years. Used in more than 5,500 care settings, MatrixCare is the industry leading, cloud-based EHR with care setting specific solutions across the continuum of care. It helps long-term care and senior living communities deliver superior care, resulting in better clinical and financial outcomes. The MatrixCare Architecture for Long-Term Care includes product suites to help providers deliver person-centered care while maintaining high occupancy rates, maximizing revenues, reducing readmissions, and integrating with partners and physicians across the continuum of care. Visit www.matrixcare.com for more information.

MatrixCare is a trademark of MDI Achieve, Inc.

About AMDA
AMDA -- The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is the national professional association of medical directors, attending physicians, and other professionals practicing post-acute and long-term care medicine and committed to the continuous improvement of patient care. AMDA provides education, advocacy, information, and professional development to enable its members to deliver quality post-acute and long-term care. Find out more at www.amda.com.

Media Contact:
Kim Ross
Senior Director of Marketing
MatrixCare
952-995-9904

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