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Healthcare technology, care delivery processes, and payment reforms are advancing at a rapid pace. Keeping up with all of the developments can be a challenge. We inform Colorado providers about important issues and help them achieve success with technology adoption, quality reporting, and the Triple Aim.

 

Expertise & Insights...

 
  • EHR Implementation
  • Meaningful Use
  • Interoperability
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Behavioral Health Information
  • Physician Quality Reporting
  • Medical Home Model

EHR Implementation

Whether you are adopting an electronic health record (EHR) for the first time, or replacing an existing system, choosing a product that will meet your clinic's long-term needs can be difficult. After working with hundreds of provider practices across the state, we have gained valuable insight on which EHRs are performing well with usability, interoperability, and Meaningful Use reporting. We also know which vendors have surprised providers with hidden fees for add-on functionality and can provide guidance for how to avoid those.

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  • Get help selecting an EHR for your long-term needs
  • Learn best practices for EHR adoption
  • Avoid unexpected or unbudgeted EHR costs

Meaningful Use

Understanding and achieving Meaningful Use objectives is challenging for most providers. As the lead organization for the Regional Extension Center in Colorado, we amassed deep expertise helping providers with Meaningful Use. Our team of Transformation Support Services experts can help you better understand objectives and keep you informed of changes to the EHR Incentive programs.

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  • Earn incentive payments for effectively using an EHR
  • Get help and guidance on Meaningful Use reporting
  • Learn how Meaningful Use can help with other reporting programs

Interoperability

Interoperability is defined as the extent to which healthcare technology systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and present that data in a way that can be understood by a user. Our technical team has integration experience with more than 40 unique electronic health record (EHR) products. We have learned that not all EHR products are capable of complete interoperability. We share our experiences and insight with providers in Colorado.

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  • Learn how EHR interoperability can improve clinical workflow
  • Keep up-to-date with advancements in interoperability
  • Find out which EHRs have demonstrated interoperability with the CORHIO HIE

Healthcare Policy & Advocacy

At both the federal and state levels, healthcare policies are changing to address issues with access to care, provider payments, new technology and patient rights. We monitor and report to stakeholders on policy developments related to the EHR Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use), behavioral health data exchange, Congressional hearings concerning interoperability, data security, HIPAA, and payment reforms. We also advocate on behalf of our HIE participants and stakeholders on issues affecting data echange and Meaningful Use.

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  • Learn about new and proposed laws affecting health IT
  • Contribute your feedback to CMS about Meaningful Use
  • Be prepared for changes to quality reporting as a result of MACRA legislation

Behavioral Health Information

Since 2010, one of our focus areas is leveraging health IT to improve care coordination for individuals with behavioral health conditions. In 2012, we released a groundbreaking report on the topic. Today we convene a workgroup that is striving to overcome barriers to behavioral health information exchange so that patients with co-occurring physical and behavioral health issues are treated more holistically, resulting in better outcomes because their providers have access to their full health record at the point of care.

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  • Improve care for individuals with behavioral health conditions
  • Learn about the myths and facts of sharing behavioral health information
  • Contribute ideas to our behavioral HIE workgroup

Physician Quality Reporting

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a CMS reporting program that uses a combination of incentive payments and negative payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by eligible professionals (EPs) or groups. Beginning in 2015, the PQRS program began applying a negative payment adjustment to EPs or groups who do not satisfactorily report data on quality measures. In 2019, PQRS will be rolled into the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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  • Learn how CMS quality reporting works
  • Avoid negative payment adjustments
  • Be prepared for changes to quality reporting and MIPS

Medical Home Model

Patient-Centered Medical Homes™ (PCMHs) are at the forefront of change in our healthcare system. Focused on a team culture that supports patients in all aspects of their care, medical homes can make significant changes in lowering overall healthcare costs and improving patient care and satisfaction. PCMH recognition brings more than bragging rights to successful organizations. As payers get serious about value-based reimbursement, providers may be in line for some financial success as well.

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  • Learn how to get PCMH recognition from NCQA
  • Find out how PCMH can benefit your practice
  • Discover which PCMH criteria you are already meeting