Download our success story: Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Improves Patient Care With MEDITECH's Depression Screening and Suicide Prevention Toolkit

About: Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (Coffeyville, KS) is a nonprofit, 47-bed hospital that serves over 45,000 patients from southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma and the only hospital in their region to be accredited by The Joint Commission on healthcare — receiving their “Gold Seal of Quality.”

Challenge: Widespread depression screening at CRMC was a fairly new initiative. Although the organization has always been diligent about screening patients for suicide risk, clinicians were often unsure of how to proceed with screening every patient for depression; workflow and processes can vary depending on patients’ needs, and aren’t always clear-cut. 

Execution: CRMC implemented MEDITECH’s Depression Screening and Suicide Prevention Toolkit to improve depression screening and assist clinicians in following the appropriate processes and interventions needed when patients screen positive. 

Results: CRMC experienced dramatic results when the acute care hospital and several outpatient clinics went LIVE as an early adopter of the toolkit: 

  • In the first month using the toolkit, they identified five patients at risk of suicide that they wouldn’t have normally detected
  • The newly implemented widespread screening improved their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) score for the CMS2 measure, increasing from 20 percent to 67 percent attestation in eight months.

Quote: “Since we went LIVE with the toolkit, no one has had to ask me, ‘What do I do next?’ Clinical decision support guides clinicians through the process, and makes sure clinicians ask the required questions. It also tells them how to move forward, depending on the score.”

Amber Beaumont, RN, IT Analyst, Coffeyville Regional Medical Center

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