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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).
Long summer days and vacations can easily make your forget about MU, but big changes are on the horizon. At the time of publishing, the final rule for the 2015-2017 Modifications to Meaningful Use has not yet been released but it is the perfect time to reacquaint yourselves with it.
Due to the anticipated changes to Meaningful Use and the EHR Incentive Programs and to the numerous advances in the Health IT field including HIE and quality reporting, CORHIO is organizing a 2015 Health IT Boot Camp.
For more than 30 years, Colorado Springs Pulmonary Consultants (CSPC) has been serving patients across southern Colorado. Located on the Penrose Hospital campus, the practice is comprised of six board-certified pulmonary physicians and a certified nurse practitioner. The practice provides state-of-art care, which includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE). CSPC connected to the CORHIO HIE in early 2012 and receives their patients' clinical results directly into their Greenway EHR system.
South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA) is a big operation. They’re the emergency and prevention service provider in south Denver for close to 200,000 residents. With 17 stations, 65 vehicles and more than 300 firefighters, there are a lot of moving parts. The leadership at SMFRA are always looking for ways to improve processes, like staff training, and ways to take the best care of people during emergency calls. Late last year, they joined the CORHIO network so they could receive real-time hospital and lab information via the secure web portal.
Just this summer, Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC) celebrated 40 years of serving the community. They’ve survived the area’s worst flooding in decades, weathered endless regulatory changes, and remained a beacon of care for the rural community near Rocky Mountain National Park. PMC is a critical access hospital with 25 beds, 24-hour emergency care, and a variety of inpatient and outpatient services.
It’s not easy to survive in today’s healthcare economy as an independent physician practice. But Hilltop Family Physicians in Parker, Colorado has found ways to make it work. This three-doctor primary care practice finds time to stay ahead of the curve by transforming their care team structure into a patient-centered medical home, embracing technology and tackling new healthcare regulations – all while offering top-quality patient care.
Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics (RMYC) provides healthcare to more than 22,000 children in schools, hospitals, clinics and mobile units across Colorado. RMYC's commitment to high-quality care is demonstrated through a variety of initiatives, including the use of electronic medical records and health information exchange, which help enhance clinical decision-making and care coordination. The providers and staff at RMYC go above and beyond for the children and families they serve. For example, they give food bags to thousands of families in need every year and hand out about 9,000 books each year through the Reach Out and Read program.
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” – Robert J. McCloskey
With the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) repeal passing earlier this year there was a collective sigh of relief. The 21% cut to Medicare payments was permanently taken off the table. With the passage of the SGR fix CMS has also put a plan in place to simplify the Quality Reporting program.