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Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

December 11, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy.  View the RAC Online newsletter.

Webinar: EMRs: Improving Access Requires Managing Key Risks

December 19, 2013

Thursday, January 16
12:00-1:00 pm CST

Technology has transformed the world of health information through the electronic medical record. Although organizations can benefit from electronic medical records (EMRs) because they are more efficient and easy to share, this improved method of information exchange means data can be manipulated, mined, passed and shared, all of which impact data integrity. While the paper medium was easier to control, data ownership is where we need to focus our attention today.

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Challenges Facing Rural Hospitals Today

Monday, August 12, 2013
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Join Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wayne Guerra, MBA, as he speaks about the challenges rural hospitals face today. He will be discussing trends in the healthcare industry and showing how simple technology can save cost, increase revenue and educate communities on how to manage their health.

With more than 20 years of experience practicing in academic, tertiary care and community emergency departments ranging from 12,000 to 120,000 annual visits, Dr. Guerra has a rich passion for the challenges rural providers face.
During this 45-minute, complimentary webinar, you will learn:

    • How to improve communication between you and your patients
    • How to bring healthcare literacy to your community
    • Ways to make your hospital a resource for your community
    • Ways to educate your patients on how to better manage their healthcare
    • Why rural hospitals need to embrace technology

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HRSA Introduces New Quality Improvement Website

In late June, HRSA’s Office of Health IT and Quality and Office of Communications launched the redesigned HRSA’s Quality Improvement (QI) website. This new website aggregates HRSA’s Bureau and Office’s QI resources, as well as QI information from HRSA’s Federal and non-Federal partners.

Some of the site features include:

HRSA Quality Improvement Grantee Spotlight
This month, HRSA’s Quality Improvement Program is highlighting the Primary Care Systems of West Virginia’s (PCSWV) quality improvement work and the success of their health center’s pain management program. PCSWV has instituted a strategic and effective approach for reducing prescription drug abuse among their patient population. This quality improvement initiative allowed PCSWV to create a safe and accountable environment for clinical staff to legitimately identify and treat patients with both acute and chronic pain.

HRSA Health IT Grantee Spotlight
This month HRSA highlights the William F. Ryan Community Health Network on their use of health information technology for integrated HIV testing. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidelines for all healthcare providers on integrated HIV/AIDS testing. The Ryan Network uses workflow analysis to streamline and evaluate the new changes in how clinical and non-clinical staff provides patient care, and while meeting the CDC’s new guidelines. In addition, The Ryan Network’s workflow analysis has allowed them to create a HIV Lab Template for electronically entering information into the patient’s electronic health record, which provides the staff a multitude of clinical and administrative benefits.

Meaningful Use Roundup
 This webpage provides safety net providers a technical assistance resource for helping them understand how to qualify for CMS’s EHR Incentive Program in this area.

HRSA Quality Improvement News Items

HRSA Health IT News Items
Turning the Patient-Centered Medical Home From Concept to Reality
HHS: HHS Announces Initiative to Stimulate Adoption of EHRs in Minority Communities 
CMS: CMS Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Issues New FAQs for Tribal Clinics and FQHCs

The Power of Clinic EHR Leaders

Lee’s Summit Physicians Group turned to one of their Pediatricians, Jennifer Sauer, MD, to lead their clinic through their EHR implementation after their EHR software arrived in the mail, but their EHR vendor couldn’t be reached for months. As the group’s appointed EHR leader, Sauer’s determination, willingness to learn, along with her supportive and encouraging interaction with clinic personnel, enabled the group to successfully make the transition.

The Lee’s Summit Physicians Group’s story is the latest video featured on the Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center Web site’s “On the Road to EHR Success.” The video illustrates the power and effectiveness of a clinic’s own EHR leader and why experts believe every clinic should have their own EHR leader to guide and rally the troops during the EHR transition.

Sauer jokingly discloses her very limited computer background made her hesitate when she was approached to take on this formidable task. Despite her lack of technical expertise, Sauer designed a realistic implementation plan and goals, and the EHR templates she created with the input of her colleagues worked exceptionally well for the group. Sauer temporarily decreased her patient visits during implementation to focus her time and effort on the group’s EHR needs so that problems could be quickly resolved and the transition could be completed in the shortest amount of time.

Steven Weinrich, executive director, Lee’s Summit Physicians Group said their EHR vendor issues were eventually resolved and today they are a happy customer. In fact, the vendor uses Lee’s Summit Physicians Group as a model for other providers to illustrate how well the system can be mastered and optimized. The Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium, a partner of the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center is currently working with Lee’s Summit Physicians Group to achieve meaningful use of their certified EHR system.

The Lee’s Summit Physicians Group’s video story can be found on the Missouri Health Information Technology (MO HIT) Assistance Center Web site’s “On the Road to EHR Success.” “On the Road to EHR Success” presents various perspectives on electronic health records and the impact those EHRs have on health care professionals and the patients they serve in Missouri. These stories provide valuable insight and inspiration for other health care professionals interested in beginning their own EHR transformation. To view this story, visit the “On the Road to EHR Success” page on the MO HIT Assistance Center’s Website.

For information on the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs, EHR adoption, or how the MO HIT Assistance Center helps health care providers adopt and achieve meaningful use of certified EHRs, please visit the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center Website, E-mail us, or call 1-877-882-9933.

Registration Now Open for Missouri’s Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Eligible professionals and hospitals are now able to register with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Missouri’s Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
  
On April 4, Mo HealthNet launched a new online provider outreach page to support this program.  This new page will help providers streamline the application process for the Medicaid EHR incentives program.  The page will feature:

  • Check list of required information to apply for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
  • Links to federal Web sites for registration and certified EHR product lists
  • Real-time feed of current HIT news and updates from CMS and other federal organizations

In May, the Web site’s functionality will expand to allow professionals and hospitals to initiate the attestation process; new features will include:

  • Workbooks to support eligibility determinations and payment calculations
  • The capability to accept electronic documentation
  • A secure portal to register in the Missouri State Level Registry (SLR) and apply for incentives-information is customized for hospitals, professionals or groups

MO HealthNet will coordinate webinars with professional associations and MO HIT Assistance Center during the month of April to help providers learn more about Missouri’s Medicaid EHR incentive program and processes.  Please watch for additional information regarding these upcoming educational events. 

For information on the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs, EHR adoption, or MO HIT Assistance Center services, please visit the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center Web site , E-mail us, or call us toll-free 1-877-882-9933.

Patient Care

PubHub has made the following reports available:

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center: Excellence in Heart Attack Care Reduces Readmissions

Highlights the factors and strategies behind low readmission rates for heart attack and pneumonia patients, including a focus on quality, concurrent review, extensive training, discharge planning, patient education, and use of risk assessment software.

Intermountain Healthcare’s McKay-Dee Hospital Center: Driving Down Readmissions by Caring for Patients the “Right Way”

Outlines the hospital’s strategies for low readmission rates for heart failure and pneumonia, including standardization of care, interdisciplinary care coordination and discharge planning, and integration with community providers, and lessons learned.

The Connected Patient: Charting the Vital Signs of Remote Health Monitoring

Examines the research on the efficacy of devices that collect and transmit a patient’s health data to a healthcare provider for clinical review and intervention when applicable, definitions, market drivers, barriers, and models and prospects.