HITEC-LA Selects athenahealth as a Preferred Vendor for Certified Electronic Health Records

athenahealth’s cloud-based services offered to health care providers in Los Angeles County

WATERTOWN, MA, and LOS ANGELES, CA – May 20, 2011 – athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and patient communication services to medical groups, today announced that Health Information Technology Extension Center for Los Angeles (HITEC-LA) has selected athenahealth as one of its preferred vendors to offer certified EHRs to solo, small group, and clinic health care providers. Certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), athenahealth’s EHR service is capable of meeting the criteria supporting Stage 1 meaningful use requirements under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, and, as a result, allows eligible health care providers to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentives.

“athenahealth offers an attractive value proposition with their EHR system for practices that want to outsource their billing functions,” said Mary Franz, Executive Director for HITEC-LA. “Our main focus is helping our members attain meaningful use and improve the quality of care that they can deliver; athenahealth’s system is well suited to assist providers in achieving these outcomes. athenahealth is a great addition to what will soon be a full range of certified EHR vendors that we will offer our members.”

Health care providers who are working with HITEC-LA can purchase athenahealth’s EHR at a discounted rate with special terms and will be guided and supported by both organizations throughout the implementation process.

“One of the reasons physicians across the country have been reluctant to implement an EHR in their practices isn’t the cost, it’s actually the headache of getting one up and running and, more importantly, actually using the product,” said Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO of athenahealth. “However, great organizations like HITEC-LA are lending a hand, and we are excited to work with them to showcase the merits of our cloud-based service, athenaClinicals®, and, more importantly, demonstrate how easy it is for physicians to work with us and quickly get on the right path to reimbursement.”

Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs) were formed under the HITECH Act, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In addition to developing the RECs, the HITECH Act also created the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, which provide incentive payments to eligible professionals as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Eligible health care providers can receive up to $63,750 under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program or up to $44,000 under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

HITEC-LA was founded in 2010 under the HITECH Act when the federal government awarded L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan, a $15.6 million grant to establish the exclusive REC for Los Angeles County. HITEC-LA’s goal is to help a minimum of 3,000 eligible primary care providers achieve meaningful use of a certified EHR under Stage 1 of the HITECH Act by April 2014. HITEC-LA acts solely in the best interest of Los Angeles County health care providers, helping them select the right certified EHR system for their practices and guiding them through the entire implementation process to achieve meaningful use. Subsidized technical assistance is offered to eligible primary care providers at no cost to them; specialists and other health care providers receive those services at substantial discounts.

“The good news for Los Angeles County doctors is that they’ve got a great organization in HITEC-LA to turn to for support, and we look forward to bringing our deep understanding of the benefits that cloud-based EHR services can bring to a host of new physicians, helping them to receive financial reimbursements for embracing the future of health care,” said Bush.

Providers that choose to work with athenahealth through HITEC-LA have the comfort of knowing they are taking the necessary steps to receive financial reimbursement under the HITECH Act due to athenahealth’s guarantee program. athenahealth offers a federal stimulus-bonus-payment guarantee program that assures its web-based services will help doctors across the nation, including those in Los Angeles County, meet EHR certification requirements for achieving meaningful use and obtain the Year 1 program incentives offered by the HITECH Act. To learn more about athenahealth's EHR and the federal stimulus bonus payment guarantee program, visit www.athenahealth.com/bonus.

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About HITEC-LA

Health Information Technology Extension Center for Los Angeles (HITEC-LA) is the exclusive federally designated Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center for Los Angeles County, charged with helping doctors and primary care providers select, implement, and meaningfully use electronic health records certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). HITEC-LA helps providers assess their technology needs, as well as offers education, training, and on-site technical assistance. For more information, visit www.hitecla.org. HITEC-LA, a project of L.A. Care Health Plan, is funded by the ONC, Department of Health and Human Services, Award Number: 90RC0052/01.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth’s service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and automated and live patient communication services. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call (888) 652-8200.

Contacts:

Len Rosenthal
Director, Marketing and Communications
HITEC-LA
(213) 694-1250 x4712
lrosenthal@lacare.org

John Hallock (Media)
Director, Corporate Communications
athenahealth, Inc.
(617) 402-1428
media@athenahealth.com

Jennifer Heizer (Investors)
Director, Investor Relations
athenahealth, Inc.
(617) 402-1322
investorrelations@athenahealth.com

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the anticipated benefits and potential for meaningful use of athenahealth’s service offerings and the nature of prospective markets for those offerings. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the risk that our service offerings will not operate in the manner that we expect, due to design flaws, security breaches, or otherwise; potential interruptions or delays in our internet-based service offerings; our reliance upon third parties, such as computer hardware, software, data-hosting, and internet infrastructure providers, which reliance may result in failures or disruptions in our service offerings; errors or omissions included in our payer and clinical intelligence rules engine and database; and the evolving and complex government regulatory compliance environment in which we and our clients operate. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. athenahealth undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by athenahealth, please see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available on the Investors section of our website at http://www.athenahealth.com and on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

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