On Dec. 6, 2017, The Little Rock Embassy Suite welcome healthcare professionals from all across the state of Arkansas for the annual Arkansas Medicaid Educational Conference. This conference is centered around topics such as; Behavioral Health, Medical Management Information Systems (MMIS), Arkansas Works, and Patient-Centered Medical Home Case Studies.
The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) team had the opportunity to attend this event and inform doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals on the benefits and services SHARE provides. This conference is hosted by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC), A nonprofit whose mission is to promote excellence in health and healthcare through education and evaluation.
Since 1965 Arkansas Medicaid has made healthcare accessible to over 900,000 Arkansans. As a result of Medicaid, lower income families have access to laboratory X-rays, family planning, prescription medication, and much more. During this conference Arkansas Medicaid awarded more the $3.3 million in performance bonus payments to 15 Arkansas hospitals as a part of the annual inpatient Quality Incentive (IQI) program.
Arkansas Medicaid also announced at the conference that 53 Arkansas private, primary-care practices will receive a combined $12.5 million as a part of the Arkansas Payment Improvement initiative.
The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is a secure, electronic system that allows authorized health care providers, health services professionals and public health authorities in Arkansas to exchange accurate patient medical information in real time. The Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), created by Act 891 of 2011, has implemented SHARE in a series of phases, beginning with Secure Messaging to help providers meet meaningful use requirements, and a fully-functional health information exchange (HIE) that gives health care providers access to hospital discharge summaries, lab results, immunization records and other vital information. For more information, visit www.SHAREArkansas.com.