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Summer 2017 Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable - Webinar Recording Available
2017 will be a year of transition as CMS concludes the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) begins. With new information coming out daily, it can be challenging to keep up. Below are a few noteworthy points of interest.
The Health Information Exchange (HIE) network that CORHIO manages is used every day by thousands of caregivers and other healthcare professionals in Colorado. It’s common that our users seek out CORHIO at new jobs – even asking about it during job interviews – because it’s become so valuable in their daily work.
Launched by Practice Innovation Program Colorado, a new online catalog and interactive self-assessment tool shows what’s available to support and advance primary care in the transformation process.
In a new webinar, Erin Dormaier, CHTS – IM, PCMH CCE, CORHIO Transformation Support Services Manager, breaks down your reporting options for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which is one track of the Quality Payment Program that is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). She provides tips on successful reporting for the following categories (which are likely to include things your organization is already doing).
CORHIO recognizes that Carequality may be a good addition for organizations that require care summaries created outside of CORHIO’s network. However, clinical document exchange alone does not enable fast decision-making and works best when combined with a portal that allows the user to query and retrieve real-time patient data quickly.
Within the recently signed bill, The 21st Century Cures Act, is a powerful set of regulations about interoperability, EHR certification, health information exchange, information blocking, and more.
The Colorado Care Connections Program, a partnership between CORHIO and the Department of Healthcare Financing and Policy (HCPF) has been expanded, making funds available to a large number of organizations to participate in the health information exchange.
CORHIO strives to continually improve the stability and integrity of data in the CORHIO Health Information Exchange. We regularly review the data in our network and our processes to ensure our high quality standards are being met.
Because Community Health Centers (CHCs) focus on all the determinants of health, including physical, mental and social, they have become trusted health partners in their communities. Evidence shows that the integration of physical and behavioral health care improves outcomes and increases patient satisfaction and engagement. While the importance of exchanging data on a patient that includes both physical and behavioral health information is clear, the actual practice of doing so has some complexities.
CORHIO participants have access to the state’s largest patient data repository of its kind. Accessed through CORHIO’s web portal PatientCare 360 or as results delivered right to your electronic health record system, our data is sent from 60 hospitals, 4 major laboratories and 12 imaging centers.
According to Symantec’s 2016 “Internet Security Threat Report,” the healthcare sector had 39% of all data breaches in 2015. The report also shows 429 million identities were exposed in 2015, a 23% increase over 2014, with hundreds of millions more identities possibly exposed in incidents that were not reported.
OCR, the Health and Human Services agency responsible for enforcement of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Regulations, has begun a new phase of HIPAA audits. One of the things you can do to prepare for a potential audit is to document your practice’s HIPAA training.
Eligible Professionals now have until June 30th to attest to Meaningful Use for program year 2015
The Independence Center Supports People With Disabilities, Utilizes HIE for Better Care Coordination
Before having access to CORHIO’s PatientCare 360 secure portal, The Independence Center had to call the hospital (or multiple hospitals if they were unclear which one) and ask for information to be faxed over. Sometimes that could take up to 30 days and wasn’t always useful once it arrived.
Here are a few highlights on upcoming deadlines and requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs, the potential payment adjustments for not participating, and how CORHIO can help.
With the deadline for attesting to the EHR Incentive Programs fast-approaching and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announcing 200 desk audits in 2016, its time to make certain your security risk analysis (Objective 1), and risk management programs are up-to-date and sufficient to meet requirements.
Here are some important upcoming deadlines for Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) to avoid penalties for not submitting 2015 quality data. Depending on which submission method you use, deadlines range from early to late March.
Longmont Community Health Network is a small but determined organization that focuses on helping patients who have “fallen through the cracks” in the healthcare system. Christa Peacock is the sole case manager for the group and helps patients get the right care, as many rely on the emergency department at Longmont United Hospital for their needs.
We live and breathe Meaningful Use every day. Here’s what we think about all the hoopla. Anyone following the Meaningful Use program has heard the latest – Andy Slavitt, acting CMS administrator, made some interesting comments about the program at a conference in mid-January.
Dr. Jeanine Compesi, physician at Kaiser Permanente, practices hospital medicine always outside the “walls” of Kaiser Permanente, as the health plan does not have its own hospital. Patients are often transferred from another care setting to one in which the Kaiser Permanente physician will be taking care of them, so sometimes getting accurate information on the patient can be tricky.
CMS released the final ruling for changes to the EHR Incentive Program and Meaningful Use on October 6, 2015, which included several changes to the Public Health objective. In previous years, the public health measures required “Ongoing Submission” to a public health agency. Starting in 2015, the wording was changed to “Active Engagement” to allow greater flexibility for eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs).
With the end of the 2015 reporting year quickly coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about conducting or reviewing your Security Risk Assessment (SRA). Congratulations and a job well done to those who are on top of their game and have already accomplished this task. For those who haven’t, you must complete an SRA no later than the date of your attestation and it must cover your EHR reporting period.
The physician-owned specialty practice, The Urology Center of Colorado (TUCC), receives pathology test results, radiology reports, and transcription notes from CORHIO to help with patient care coordination. With results pushed into their GE Centricity electronic health record system, TUCC is now able to better able to prepare for new patients and existing patients who’ve had a recent hospital encounter.
Penrose Hospital, located in the heart of Colorado Springs and part of Centura Health, has participated in the CORHIO health information exchange (HIE) since 2011. The hospital has a real-time, electronic connection to the CORHIO network, which allows community healthcare providers to access information on shared patients when coordinated care is delivered in outpatient settings such as physician offices and skilled nursing centers. In March of 2014, Penrose Hospital expanded its participation with CORHIO by implementing HIE patient query access in the Emergency Department (ED).