CORHIO e-Newsletter

CORHIO’s EHR and Meaningful Use Program Reaches Goals, Expands Services

(December 10, 2014)

The Colorado Regional Extension Center program completed its goal of helping 2,295 primary care providers and 33 rural and critical access hospitals adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records (EHR) technology. CORHIO will continue with expanded services that will help practices with Medical Home recognition and quality reporting.   MORE +

Avoid the 2% Medicare Quality Reporting Penalty: Get the Facts and Some Tips for Success

(December 10, 2014)

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a voluntary pay-for-reporting program where Medicare gives eligible professionals an incentive to report clinical quality measures. Andrew Bienstock, CORHIO’s Transformation Services Manager, demystifies the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program and offers advice on selecting measures that make the most sense for your practice.  MORE +

Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) – What Are They and How Are They Useful?

(November 12, 2014)

With the rise of electronic health record usage, the need for a standardized way to exchange comprehensive clinical documents between providers -- beyond individual results and reports -- became clear. Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) were developed to meet this need and their usage is being bolstered by Meaningful Use. Here are some frequently asked questions on CCDs, and the C-CDA framework those documents are a part of, to help you understand them better.  MORE +

New Study Reveals Most Accurate Sources for Medication Reconciliation

(November 12, 2014)

Trying to get an accurate medication list, particularly for patients with complex conditions or who are unable to provide reliable information can be a puzzle for health care providers. Managing patient medications during transitions of care can be tricky but doing so accurately is crucial in preventing adverse events. A recent study funded found that when combined with an electronic health record and commercial prescription database, medication data from health information exchange improves patient medication safety.   MORE +

Are We Close to Having Bidirectional Behavioral Health Data Exchange in Colorado?

(October 15, 2014)

Exchanging behavioral health data is imperative to improving care coordination for these vulnerable patients – but doing so carefully within current boundaries of the regulations will take some time and a concerted effort. Here’s an update on progress so far. Since early 2014, CORHIO has been convening a Behavioral Health Information Exchange Work Group with participations from state health officials, behavioral health centers, private physician practices, and other relevant membership organizations.   MORE +