The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2013 Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program (Announcement number: HRSA-13-251). The purpose of this one-time funding opportunity is to support formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists. This program will provide support to rural health networks that can leverage and enhance existing HIT training materials to develop formal training programs, which will provide instructional opportunities to current health care staff, local displaced workers, rural residents, veterans, and other potential students. Funded projects will have rural health networks partner with an accredited rural or rural-serving educational institution, such as a community, technical, or vocational college. The educational institution must either have an established HIT curriculum or be in the process of developing one at the time of submission. They must also demonstrate how the curriculum aligns with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) modules. These formal training programs will result in the development of a cadre of HIT workers who can help rural hospitals and clinics implement and maintain systems and meet EHR meaningful use standards.
MO HIT Assistance Center Advanced Webinar April 11th
NEW TIME! 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Columbia, MO—Last month, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Stage 2 meaningful use was posted to the Office of the Federal Register for public inspection. The proposed rule outlines the next stage of meaningful use for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, which are administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). On Wednesday, April 11th, you can find out what changes will be required of your current documentation methods in order to continue your successful participation in the EHR Incentive program at our monthly MO HIT Assistance Center advanced Webinar presentation.
Columbia, MO—Health data aggregation is one of the greatest benefits of electronic health records. These data provide new insight on health to fuel innovation. On February 24, you are invited to discuss ways to improve the use of health data at the Missouri Health Data Summit in St. Louis. The event will be held at the Danforth Plant Science Center located at 975 North Warson Road.
Attendees will get an update on the Health Data Initiative and will discuss ways to improve the use of health data in Missouri. Health care providers, technology companies, researchers, health and consumer advocates, employers, and media are all invited to talk about ways to improve health care delivery, improve community health, and lower health costs. The focus will be on innovative use of data in public, private, and academic settings, such as:
December 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Missouri Health Connection Webinar & Audio Conference:
Update & 2012 Preview of Missouri’s Health Information Exchange
Columbia, MO—A growing number of Missouri providers across the state are successfully attesting to stage one meaningful use. Now, providers are looking at what lies ahead for stage two when health records will be exchanged. While you’ve been busily working on meaningful use of EHRs, the Missouri Health Connection has been forging a pathway for the rapid and secure exchange of electronic health records. We thought the New Year was a perfect time to check in on their progress and get a sneak preview of what’s ahead for 2012.
At 11:30 am on Wednesday, January 11, Melissa Johnsen, Missouri Health Connection (MHC) interim president, will lead the Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center’s first webinar and audio conference of 2012. Johnsen will give participants a review of MHC’s organization and objectives as the state-designated entity to create the statewide health information network. She will then discuss progress made over the past few months, and plans for the coming days.
Columbia, MO—Several quality measures for meaningful use, including six preventative measures, are the same for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS-formerly known as PQRI.) Some EHRs are even capable of submitting data for both programs.
At 11:30 am, on Wednesday, November 9, Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center will present “Meaningful Use and PQRS” a Webinar and audio conference to help providers learn how they can use the meaningful use quality measures data to take advantage of the PQRS Incentive Program that offers payments of 1.0 percent of allowable Medicare Part B Professional Fee Schedule charges in 2011 and 0.5 percent during 2012-2014. Sandy Pogones, program manager for Primaris, will give the presentation which will describe how providers get more out their data collection effort by participating in the PQRS Incentive Program and how Primaris, a collaborative partner of the MO HIT Assistance Center, is able to help providers do just that. Primaris is offering onsite, individualized assistance with PQRS reporting at no charge to 74 Missouri providers, as part of an initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. The FAQs provide some detail on the allowable costs that CAHs can report, how costs incurred by home offices and collaborative networks should be handled, as well as the process for submitting cost data after they successfully attest to meeting EHR meaningful use requirements. The full list of CMS EHR FAQs can be found at questions.cms.hhs.gov/app/answers/list/p/21,26,1139,1147.