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August 2020

Post date: 2020-08-27T13:28:50-05:00

Little Rock Arkansas August 2020

As technology is on the rise, and the need for healthcare interoperability increases, it is becoming more and more critical for clinicians to share data and access patient records quickly and meaningfully. Today, the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) and  health information exchanges (HIEs) around the country are working to ensure the data gap continues to decrease and all healthcare settings and electronic health information systems have the same information with a reduction in errors and duplicative treatments to avoid costly mistakes.

Patients of HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs benefit from a higher quality of care because of this continued connection. Now, any caregivers who are enrolled with the SHARE HIE, including a patient’s family doctor, emergency room physician, specialists, even pharmacies and long-term care facilities can have secure, HIPAA-compliant access to a patient’s records in real time as an SHARE participant. In the clinic setting, HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs redirects additional hours directly to patient care, as they will no longer be faxing patient records throughout the day.

Rachel Wallis, MPH, Executive Director, HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs explains additional ways patients will benefit from this effort. “Now every progress note encounter from our 200,000+ patient visits per year is uploaded in real time and available to any other SHARE-enrolled physicians and hospitals who are treating the patient. When one of our patients visits the emergency room or sees a specialist, their records are available in the SHARE network without having to wait for business hours to call one of our 15 clinics and request a fax. Having access to that patient information the moment it’s needed is absolutely invaluable for the patient and the treating doctors, said Wallis.

The integration of HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs office records with SHARE is a major step forward for the community, paving the way for significant improvements in care coordination, improved outcomes and staff efficiency”, said Wallis. “The exchange of medical data is foundational to Population Health Management and benefits all care givers in urgent situations such as in the Emergency Room.

Justin Villines HIT Policy Integrator, Office of Health Information Technology states that “ultimately we want to see all primary care and specialty care clinics connected to SHARE. By doing this we will achieve a seamless and secure transfer of clinic information that will help providers in caring for patients at any point in their healthcare journey. This directly aligns with the integration and coordination of care that HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs clinics are continuing to accomplish by improving outcomes and managing the health risks of their patients, said Villines.

Additionally, SHARE currently receives high-level data – admission, discharge, and transfer summaries – for Arkansas patients and sends HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs clinics 24-hour daily reports when their patients have an ED and Inpatient Discharge from hospitals such as,  National Park Medical Center, CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs,  Arkansas Children’s, JRMC, Mena Regional Health System, UAMS Health, Baptist Health, etc.  SHARE is also alerting the clinics if any of their patients have a positive COVID-19 test results in daily reports.

Immediate access to a patient’s medical history is invaluable, particularly during a pandemic. HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs collaboration with SHARE is an integral part of our ongoing commitment to provide safe, high-quality health and wellness services to patients of Arkansas.

About HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs

High Quality, Compassionate, Healthcare-----Our team of physicians, professional and administrative staff possess the experience necessary to provide quality healthcare and management services.

Whether you are a patient looking for quality health care or a physician looking for exceptional practice management and medical billing, turn to HealthStar. HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs was founded in 2000 and is an expanding outpatient health care system of experienced primary care and pediatric physicians organized for the sole purpose of delivering high quality clinical and social health care services.

In addition to Arkansas medical billing services and practice management, HealthStar providers and staff are highly respected and recognized as premier providers in their communities across central Arkansas. Arkansas medical billing and practice management services at its finest. Patient care at its finest. Our team of physicians, professional and administrative staff possesses the experience necessary to provide quality healthcare and management services. For your convenience, HealthStar’s modern and innovative facilities are located across five communities including Hot Springs, Fountain Lake, Glenwood, and Mena.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post date: 2020-08-26T09:22:30-05:00

Little Rock – August 2020

East Arkansas Children’s Clinic, a large pediatric practice is now using health information exchange to coordinate care for more than 50,000 annual patient visits. Through SHARE’s secure electronic network, East Arkansas Children’s Clinic doctors and care teams are now receiving clinical results from hospitals and specialty clinics around the state without having to wait for faxes or other paper-based methods of communication. This is reducing patient wait times, helping doctors make faster and more accurate clinical decisions, and saving staff time previously spent tracking down patients’ medical records.

One example from Dr. Curt Patton, East Arkansas Children’s Clinic Owner, and physician, shows the usefulness of this information. “A patient who had pelvic pain and had been to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital emergency room, didn’t know what was going on exactly or the specific explanation for it,” he said. “With the HIE, I can hit a button and see her urine culture, and it tells me the exact organisms and numbers. So, I can say ‘A-ha, here’s what you had, so we need to get you on another antibiotic so this can be taken care of quickly.’ To have that information available in the moment markedly improves care.”

In an emergency, being able to quickly access electronic patient medical information is also vital. Patients, who might be new to the area, sometimes do not have a history with East Arkansas Children’s Clinic. So, the doctors and care team do not know if patients might have a medication allergy, for example. “The HIE has completely changed the way we care for patients, said Patton.”

“With East Arkansas Children’s Clinic joining the SHARE network, approximately half of practicing physicians in Forrest City are now participating in HIE,” said Justin Villines, Senior HIT Policy Integrator, SHARE. “Forrest City Medical Center in the area just signed to connect to SHARE. These connections make Forrest City and neighboring counties continue to become an advanced community when it comes to health care information systems.”

Additionally, SHARE currently receives high-level data – admission, discharge, and transfer summaries – for Arkansas patients and sends East Arkansas Children’s Clinic 24-hour daily reports when their patients have an ED and Inpatient Discharge from Arkansas Children’s, St. Bernard’s, Arkansas Methodist, CHI St. Vincent, UAMS Health, Baptist Health, etc.  SHARE also is alerting the clinic if any of their patients have a positive COVID-19 test results in daily reports.

Immediate access to a patient’s medical history is invaluable, particularly during a pandemic. East Arkansas Children’s Clinic collaboration with SHARE is an integral part of our ongoing commitment to provide safe, high-quality health and wellness services to children of Arkansas. This includes the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN), a statewide pediatric clinically integrated network (CIN) that East Arkansas Children’s Clinic is part of.

About East Arkansas Children’s Clinic

Newborn Care: Pregnancy is a time of anticipation, excitement, preparation, and worry. The nine months of pregnancy will give you time to ask the questions you have and calm your fears.  During the pregnancy months, it is important for the mother to have regular OB check-ups, take care of herself, and monitor what she puts in her body. East Arkansas Children’s Clinic offers “Meet the Doctor” visits. This will allow you to see where our clinic is located and meet the providers and staff.

Well-Child Visits: Team approach. Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent, and child. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental, and social health of a child.

Sports & School Physicals: East Arkansas Children’s Clinic offers Sports and School Physicals

Sick Child Diagnosis and Treatment: We are here for your children Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00pm by appointment to diagnosis and treat a wide range of illnesses including: Allergic reactions, Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, Coughs, Diarrhea, Ear infection, Eye infection, Fever, Flu, Hives, Insect bites, Pneumonia, Rashes, Sinus infection, Sore throat, Sunburn, Urinary infections and Vomiting.

Immunizations: Vaccination is one of the best way’s parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children.

Other Services: The East Arkansas Children’s Clinic also offers the following services: Gynecological Care, Mental Health Care and Chronic Illnesses.  

For more information: http://eastarkansaschildrensclinic.com/

About Arkansas Children’s Care Network

The Arkansas Children’s Care Network will fundamentally transform healthcare delivery for the children of Arkansas through a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) comprised of health care professionals who provide coordinated and accountable pediatric care supported by a sustainable financial model. This network will improve quality, access, patient/family experience, and affordability of health care while also increasing physician engagement and satisfaction. ACCN will be the nation’s first statewide pediatric CIN, promoting collaboration among primary care and specialty providers who treat children across Arkansas. ACCN will enable its partners to work together in a clinically integrated manner, using common health protocols and pathways so that each child receives quality care at the most appropriate location.

For more information: https://www.accnconnect.org/arkansas-childrens-care-network/arkansas-childrens-care-network-home

Post date: 2020-08-25T09:30:57-05:00

Little Rock – August 2020

By connecting Ozark Pediatrics patients to the statewide HIE network, which will include bi-directional data exchange, health care referral providers participating in the network will have faster and more complete access to their patients’ most critical health information. The enhanced information access will improve patients’ care coordination, reduce treatment delays, eliminate unnecessary testing, and allow care providers to make more targeted diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

Additionally, SHARE will provide Ozark Pediatrics with data to enable enhanced clinical reporting that will improve population health analysis, patient outcomes and success with health care quality initiatives such as with Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN), a statewide pediatric network, and medical home programs. “We are excited to begin leveraging SHARE’s services to enhance our care management processes and reduce costs associated with pediatric chronic conditions,” stated Jilana Johnson, Administrator at Ozark Pediatrics.

“We enthusiastically support SHARE’s vision of higher-quality, better-coordinated care for individuals living in northwest Arkansas," said Dr. Keever, Pediatrician at Ozark Pediatrics. “SHARE is an ambitious HIE in our state — they are implementing state-of-the-art technology that will significantly improve collaboration among providers in our area and our ACCN pediatric network. Ultimately, this will improve patient outcomes and reduce overall health care costs for everyone,” added Dr. Alexander.

Through SHARE’s secure electronic HIE network, Ozark Pediatrics’ doctors are now receiving laboratory results from hospitals, including Arkansas Children’s Northwest and specialist around the state without having to wait for faxes or other paper-based methods of communication. This is reducing patient wait times, helping doctors make faster and more accurate clinical decisions, and saving staff time previously spent tracking down patients’ medical records.

Additionally, SHARE currently receives high-level data – admission, discharge, and transfer summaries – for Arkansas patients and sends Ozark Pediatrics Clinic 24-hour daily reports when their patients have an ED and Inpatient Discharge from Arkansas Children’s Northwest, NW Health, Washington Regional, Baptist Health, UAMS Health, etc.  SHARE also is alerting the clinic if any of their patients have a positive COVID-19 test result in daily reports.

In an emergency, being able to quickly access electronic patient medical information is also vital. Patients, who might be students or travelers new to the area, sometimes do not have a history with Ozark Pediatrics or nearby hospitals. So the doctors do not know if patients might have a medication allergy, for example. “When a patient shows up at our clinic and they don’t have a history with us, it’s best for their care if their health history is in a central place,” said Jilana Johnson, Administrator at Ozark Pediatrics. “Being connected to SHARE has completely changed the way we care for patients.”

About Ozark Pediatrics  

At Ozark Pediatrics we treat every child as an individual and our dedicated staff works together, along with the patient and the parent, to maintain optimal physical, emotional, and mental health.

Dr. Keever is passionate about the quality of care for his patients. He has practiced at various locations in Northwest Arkansas since 2002 before opening his own private practice. Dr. Keever was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Washburn University. He then graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His experience includes pediatric leadership, flight surgeon, pediatric residency and working as a general Pediatrician. He enjoys playing guitar for relaxation and playing with his band at various venues throughout the Northwest Arkansas area.

 Dr. Alexander was raised in Van Buren, Arkansas and graduated from Van Buren High School. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Tulsa in 1992 and graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with her MD degree in 1996. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Virginia in 1999 and was in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia for nine years. Dr. Alexander has been practicing Pediatrics locally since 2010.  She is board certified in Pediatrics. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and Razorback basketball.

At Ozark Pediatrics, our staff has the professional experience to realize that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all cure, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to diagnosis.

Learn more: https://www.ozarkpediatrics.org/

About Arkansas Children’s Care Network

The Arkansas Children’s Care Network will fundamentally transform healthcare delivery for the children of Arkansas through a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) comprised of health care professionals who provide coordinated and accountable pediatric care supported by a sustainable financial model. This network will improve quality, access, patient/family experience, and affordability of health care while also increasing physician engagement and satisfaction. ACCN will be the nation’s first statewide pediatric CIN, promoting collaboration among primary care and specialty providers who treat children across Arkansas. ACCN will enable its partners to work together in a clinically integrated manner, using common health protocols and pathways so that each child receives quality care at the most appropriate location.

For more Information: https://www.accnconnect.org/arkansas-childrens-care-network/arkansas-childrens-care-network-home

Post date: 2020-08-21T11:09:51-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas August 2020

The Lake Village Clinic PA in Lake Village Arkansas established in 1910 is now exchanging continuity of care documents (CCDs) with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), which allows health care providers to seamlessly exchange patient medical information.

The secure online network acts as a statewide hub that electronically transfers secure and encrypted patient health information from provider to provider. Shared data includes patient demographics, allergies, laboratory data, prescription medications, admission, discharge, transfer summaries. Benefits of this level of collaboration include greater efficiencies for the hospitals and more effective care for the patients of Lake Village Clinic.

“SHARE has been able to show us new ways to derive more value from our investment in information technology,” said Suzanne Wright, Administrator with Lake Village Clinic. “With the expertise of the SHARE team, we are now customizing our system so that our clinical care teams and referral physicians will automatically receive notifications when we transmit patient health information to them.”

A connected, informed healthcare system is safer, more effective, and less costly overall than any other way of providing patient care. The only way to truly fulfill patient needs is by sharing data and giving all providers access to the same clinical data.

The clinics’ referral network care teams can now also view the patient data, as data is flowing from eClinical Works (eCW) interface to SHARE in real-time. Also, access to real-time and historical patient health information through the SHARE Virtual Health Record (VHR) includes:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer Data, Allergies, Problems, Medications, Vitals, Social History
  • Demographic, Insurance, and Past Provider Information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports
  • Discharge Summaries, Continuity of Care Documents, Progress Notes and SDOH

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use disparate EHR systems, including in the Arkansas Delta region, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE will allow providers the clinic locations and staff to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics.

SHARE also assists Lake Village Clinic in meeting the Medicaid PCMH program metrics as well as the  ARHP Clinically Integrated Network metrics such as  tracking high-priority patients, following up with patients within 10 days and knowing high utilizers of the emergency department, whether it is at Chicot Memorial Medical Center, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Ashley County Medical Center, CHI St. Vincent, McGehee Hospital, UAMS Health, JRMC or Baptist Health.

About Lake Village Clinic PA

Lake Village Clinic offers general practice medical care for you and your family. and we make referrals simple. We can perform your lab work and minor procedures. Our convenient, secure patient portal allows you to communicate with your care provider.

Services Include:

  • Primary Family Care/General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Weight loss program
  • Employment/DOT Physicals
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals 2 certified examiners
  • Annual Insurance Wellness Exams
  • Well Child Exams
  • TB skin tests
  • We are also participating in PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home)
  • We are a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC.hrsa.org) offering a sliding fee schedule for patients who qualify

Post date: 2020-08-19T09:38:51-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas August 2020      

Pediatric Partners PA is one of the leading pediatric practices in the Fort Smith region and is the newest addition to the list of healthcare participants now sending and receiving health data through the SHARE health information exchange.

SHARE network makes possible the seamless transfer of patients’ health records among physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers. This reduces treatment delays, enhances clinical decision making, and improves care coordination. SHARE provides a longitudinal medical record that is updated electronically in near real-time, and as patients move between healthcare providers, their medical records are electronically available to their physicians.

"We are dedicated to providing our patients with access to high quality, safe and effective care,” said Chris Schluterman, MD, FAAP. “Being able to securely and seamlessly share patient data helps with the delivery of better coordinated and connected care to improve health outcomes."

“Having our Office Practicum EMR system integrated with SHARE is ultimately assisting us in meeting quality metrics and care coordination of our patients with the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN), which our clinic is part of,” said Karen G Beard, CPC, Practice Administrator.  The ACCN is the only statewide pediatric clinically integrated network (CIN) in Arkansas and the nation.

In Arkansas, where many health systems use disparate EHR systems, including in western Arkansas, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE will allow providers and staff to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics. The clinics referral network care teams can now also view the patient data, as data is flowing from Office Practicum interface to SHARE. Also, access to real-time and historical patient health information through the SHARE Virtual Health Record (VHR) includes:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer Data
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications, Vitals, Social History
  • Demographic, Insurance, and Past Provider Information
  • Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports
  • Discharge Summaries, Continuity of Care Documents, Progress Notes and SDOH

Anne Santifer, Director, Office of Health Information Technology a division of the Arkansas Department of Health, commends the effort to connect, “We are very proud to have Pediatric Partners PA as part of the SHARE network. It is an honor to partner with a pediatric practice that touches many lives and to support their mission to provide the very best patient care possible in the Fort Smith area.”

About Pediatric Partners PA

At Pediatric Partners, our skilled team of Fort Smith pediatricians offers comprehensive medical care for infants, children, and adolescents. Conveniently located in the heart of Fort Smith, our courteous and knowledgeable staff works hard from first contact to make every visit to our office positive. Whether it is your child's first visit to our Fort Smith office, or just a routine well–child checkup, we strive to make sure you and your child are always comfortable and informed. We take the time to talk with parents to help you understand your child's needs, and we equip you with the knowledge necessary for promoting a lifetime of optimal health and wellness. To help you get acquainted with our practice, we have provided the important information you need on our website.

Our pediatricians in Fort Smith believe exceptional care is obtained when there is an on–going relationship between the doctor and patient. We want to be lifelong partners in your child's health. We achieve this goal by listing to your questions and concerns and educating you on how to promote a healthy lifestyle for the entire family. When you choose Pediatric Partners, you can feel confident that you are teaming with knowledgeable, compassionate doctors who have dedicated their careers to child–focused health care. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions or concerns. Our Fort Smith pediatricians and nurturing staff look forward to meeting you and your family.

Learn More: http://www.pedspartners.com/

About Arkansas Children’s Care Network

The Arkansas Children’s Care Network will fundamentally transform healthcare delivery for the children of Arkansas through a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) comprised of health care professionals who provide coordinated and accountable pediatric care supported by a sustainable financial model. This network will improve quality, access, patient/family experience, and affordability of health care while also increasing physician engagement and satisfaction. ACCN will be the nation’s first statewide pediatric CIN, promoting collaboration among primary care and specialty providers who treat children across Arkansas. ACCN will enable its partners to work together in a clinically integrated manner, using common health protocols and pathways so that each child receives quality care at the most appropriate location.

For more Information: https://www.accnconnect.org/arkansas-childrens-care-network/arkansas-childrens-care-network-home

Post date: 2020-08-18T10:52:06-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas August 2020

Apache Drive Children’s Clinic healthcare team now have safe and secure access to the medical information they need to make timely, informed treatment decisions of the children they see. The availability of this critical information through the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) supports the continuity of a patient’s care and can help prevent stressful, costly readmissions.

Apache Drive Children’s Clinic is now delivering medical results and reports to SHARE’s community health record, which ensures safe and secure delivery of this information to other healthcare providers. The health information exchange allows for the patient’s “home” healthcare team to have direct access to the results of any tests or procedures conducted by the care team’s such as Arkansas Children’s Clinic- Jonesboro , NEA Baptist Clinic, UAMS Health, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, ADH Local Health Unit- Jonesboro, etc.- helping to create a more complete health record.

Sharing this information across health systems helps to reduce costs, save time, and improve care by reducing the number of unnecessary and duplicative tests. The SHARE system also provides a robust platform for care teams to better coordinate care plans on their shared patients.

Immediate access to a patient’s medical history is invaluable, particularly in an emergency. Apache Drive Children’s Clinic collaboration with SHARE is an integral part of our ongoing commitment to provide safe, high-quality health and wellness services to children of Arkansas. This includes the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN), a statewide pediatric clinically integrated network (CIN).

Additionally, SHARE currently receives high-level data – admission, discharge, and transfer summaries – for Arkansas patients and sends Apache Drive Children’s Clinic 24-hour daily reports when their patients have an ED and Inpatient Discharge from Arkansas Children’s, St. Bernard’s, Arkansas Methodist, CHI St. Vincent, St. Bernard’s Fiver Rivers, South Mississippi County Health System, UAMS Health, Baptist Health, etc.  SHARE also is alerting the clinic if any of their patients have a positive COVID-19 test results in daily reports.

“The seamless communication achieved through partnerships like these is key to improving care and reducing healthcare costs,” said Chris Applegate, LPN, Practice Manager. “Patients who do not receive timely post-treatment care are at an increased risk of a return visit to the hospital sooner rather than later.

About Apache Drive Children’s Clinic

Apache Drive Children’s Clinic is staffed by kid-friendly health experts who provide quality care to children of all ages. You’re welcome to learn more about Dr. Lowery Beck, nurse Jessica Counts and our clinic!

Lowery Beck, MD: Dr. Beck served his medical internship and residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Jessica Counts, APN: Nurse practitioner Jessica Counts knew she always wanted to work with children. She earned both her BS and MS degrees in nursing at Arkansas State University. Today, she is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Tanika Jarret, APRN: Tanika Jarrett joined the Apache Drive Children’s Clinic team in September 2019. She earned her BS in nursing from Arkansas State University and her MS in nursing from Walden University. She is also certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credential Center.

About Arkansas Children’s Care Network

The Arkansas Children’s Care Network will fundamentally transform healthcare delivery for the children of Arkansas through a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) comprised of health care professionals who provide coordinated and accountable pediatric care supported by a sustainable financial model. This network will improve quality, access, patient/family experience, and affordability of health care while also increasing physician engagement and satisfaction. ACCN will be the nation’s first statewide pediatric CIN, promoting collaboration among primary care and specialty providers who treat children across Arkansas. ACCN will enable its partners to work together in a clinically integrated manner, using common health protocols and pathways so that each child receives quality care at the most appropriate location.

For more Information: https://www.accnconnect.org/arkansas-childrens-care-network/arkansas-childrens-care-network-home

 

Post date: 2020-08-17T11:13:32-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas August 2020

In Arkansas, much of the population receives their medical care close to home. The providers, care managers, and outreach coordinators have a thorough understanding of their community and the patients they serve. With 9 locations for Arkansas residents to get the care they need; Arkansas Renal Group is well positioned to help. They currently have physician practices in Hot Springs, El Dorado, and Russellville and Satellite clinics in the following cities: Arkadelphia, Crossett, Camden, Magnolia, Mena, and Warren.

SHARE has teamed up with Arkansas Renal Group to facilitate the exchange of clinical data securely and electronically with their Aprima-eMDs EMR system to include: clinical summaries (CCDs and C-CDAs), laboratory results, radiology reports, discharge summaries and clinical alerts can be sent to providers, facilitating treatment and care management. This type of coordinated care helps fulfill Arkansas Renal Group’s mission of addressing patient engagement, management, and care coordination.  The primary goals are to set a standard for excellence in renal care which include:

  • Coordinating care with patients to primary care
  • Integrating behavioral health with patients, as needed
  • Developing community treatment programs for renal care
  • Supporting patients at home after hospital discharge
  • Working with home care to provide appropriate care
  • Assisting referral providers in managing a patient’s condition to avoid ED visits

Arkansas Renal Group serves over 50,000 patients. SHARE aims to provide access to patient care plans among care managers and community providers to ultimately improve patient care. By viewing their patients’ health records in the SHARE web portal, also called the Virtual Health Record, Arkansas Renal Group knows when one of their patients, including high-risk patients, are going to the emergency department. In addition, the staff knows, daily, when patients are hospitalized. This is a game changer for the clinic, now that this information to manage their patient panel is easier to access using SHARE. Now, the clinics can contact patients to schedule follow-up appointments within 10 days, and by doing so, decrease the patients’ risk of another hospitalization.

“The ability to access aggregated patient information using one application allows Arkansas Renal Group to manage newly prescribed medications, make any necessary referrals to other specialists, and provide continuity of care to help better manage a patient’s condition,” said Jerry Edgin, CPA, CEO. These simple, proactive steps have been met with positive feedback from patients. This marks the beginning of how Arkansas Renal Group will operationalize alerts and data exchange in the future, said Edgin.

About Arkansas Renal Group, P.A.

Arkansas Nephrology Services, Ltd. is now part of Arkansas Renal Group, P.A.

Mission Statement: Arkansas Renal Group, P.A. will set a standard for excellence in renal care.

Message to Patients: Arkansas Renal Group pledges to provide competent and compassionate care along with up-to-date technology with the goal of improvement or maintenance of quality of life.

Message to Staff: Arkansas Renal Group pledges to provide stability, professionalism, and a pleasant work environment with competitive compensation and benefits to ensure continuous excellence in service to patients.

Message to Physicians: Arkansas Renal Group pledges to provide a network of support conducive to performing healing duties for the maximum benefit to patients.

To Learn More visit: http://www.arkneph.com/

Post date: 2020-08-12T10:16:50-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas August 2020   

Written by Kristen Millsap and Ray Strange Arkansas Pediatric Clinic PCMH Leads

Our practicing physicians and care team at Arkansas Pediatric Clinic’s in Little Rock- Midtown, Bryant, Maumelle and West Little Rock, Arkansas need access to the most complete patient data possible in real time. This helps us make the best decisions with Arkansas Pediatric Clinic patients and gives them the best care outcomes. A connected, informed healthcare system is safer, more effective, and less costly overall than any other way of providing patient care. The only way to truly fulfill patient needs is by sharing data and giving all providers access to the same clinical data so we can be more fully informed and treat our patients to the best of our ability.

Our four clinics, that use eMDs EMR system, have expanded our connection with SHARE to include Continuity of Care Document (CCD) exchange. This is ultimately assisting us in meeting quality metrics and care coordination of our patients with the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN), which our clinics are part of the statewide pediatric clinically integrated network (CIN).

We are fortunate to have an organization, the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), which would be considered impossible in many other areas. The local hospitals (Conway Regional Health System, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Saline Memorial Health System, UAMS Health and CHI St. Vincent) are sending admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) data, laboratory results, discharge summaries, social history, updated insurance information, etc. to SHARE and alerts with updated patient personal health record information on emergency room and inpatient discharges, which is what I call, community-wide information sharing.

“Ultimately, we need to connect ALL aspects of care through SHARE – home health, pharmacies, social services, specialty care clinics, and all Arkansas hospitals – so that all sources of patient information are available to the doctors and care teams at the time decisions are being made”, said Millsap and Strange.

About Arkansas Pediatric Clinic History and Team

One Clinic, Multiple Locations

Four years ago, APC embarked on a journey and we are nearing our goal of having smaller, more personal clinics to provide you with the best pediatric care closer to where you are.  Our providers all work together to provide a high standard of pediatric care to your children. 

We are happy to offer pediatric care in four locations: APC Midtown, APC West, APC Maumelle, and APC Bryant.

Arkansas Pediatric Clinic originated as the private practice of Dr. Barney Briggs in 1938. It was one of the first pediatric clinics in Arkansas and was initially located in the Donaghey Building in Downtown Little Rock. Today, APC has four locations to serve your family. We have a team of highly trained pediatricians which has been a cornerstone of Arkansas Pediatric Clinic throughout its history.

At Arkansas Pediatric Clinic, we strive to provide a medical home for your children, providing care for infants, children, and adolescents. We have a well-equipped lab where most tests are done in house. We have a very dedicated staff who works hard to provide the highest quality medical care for your child and appreciate your interest in our clinic. Come by anytime and meet our team!

Arkansas Pediatric Clinic Mission

Arkansas Pediatric Clinic is a medical practice dedicated to providing quality patient care with unrelenting attention to clinical excellence, patient safety and an unparalleled passion and commitment to assure the very best healthcare for those we serve. Our vision is to be the pediatric practice of choice for families in Central Arkansas because of our patient care and long-standing history of excellence. To be well recognized as a healthcare leader and innovator in Arkansas. To be a prominent community member known for meeting the healthcare needs of the entire community through incomparable patient care and wellness programs.

Arkansas Pediatric Clinic Values

  • Trust – Honest and open communication with patients and among staff.
  • Teamwork – Recognizes the contribution of all but requires sacrifice for the benefit of the patient to enhance the health of the communities served and works in cooperation with other organizations to protect vulnerable populations throughout our service areas.
  • Cooperation – Between patient and staff, as well as the various clinical professions and specialties.
  • Integrity – Honesty, fairness, and self-scrutiny in everything we do, as the ideal means to protect overall safety, as well as assure confidentiality and privacy.

About Arkansas Children’s Care Network

The Arkansas Children’s Care Network will fundamentally transform healthcare delivery for the children of Arkansas through a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) comprised of health care professionals who provide coordinated and accountable pediatric care supported by a sustainable financial model. This network will improve quality, access, patient/family experience, and affordability of health care while also increasing physician engagement and satisfaction. ACCN will be the nation’s first statewide pediatric CIN, promoting collaboration among primary care and specialty providers who treat children across Arkansas. ACCN will enable its partners to work together in a clinically integrated manner, using common health protocols and pathways so that each child receives quality care at the most appropriate location.

For more Information: https://www.accnconnect.org/arkansas-childrens-care-network/arkansas-childrens-care-network-home

Post date: 2020-08-10T14:34:14-05:00

"As soon as the COVID virus was identified in the U.S. our health centers moved quickly to expand our connections with SHARE and to set up our new clinic in Dewitt," said Monica Lindley, CEO of the Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc. "Their efforts have been critical to alerting us of ED and Inpatient discharges and positive COVID-19 tests of our patients in real-time."

August 2020 --Little Rock, Arkansas        

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc.  are now using SHARE, one of the country’s most robust health information exchanges (HIE). Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc.  care teams are now accessing clinical information across participating entities for patients who have authorized sharing their medical information. This allows them to have accurate and recent results for their patients that range from children to adults. Community Health Centers across the nation are marking National Health Center Week (NHCW) the week of August 9 – 15th even as they fight COVID-19 on the frontlines, like that of Mid-Delta.

Community health centers, also known as federally qualified health centers, are 501(c)3 nonprofit clinics that provide primary and preventative healthcare to medically underserved areas in both rural and urban settings. They began as a means to alleviate pressure on emergency rooms seeing uninsured patients that could otherwise be served in a non-emergency clinic setting. Over time, the mission has shifted to providing access to quality healthcare in medically underserved populations, and community health centers provide a patient-centered model of healthcare delivery, offering comprehensive services to patients at each clinic.

Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc., like hospitals, must strike a balance between operational efficiency, reducing costs, and improving patient outcomes. Spending time accessing multiple sources of data to get a full picture of a patient’s health record can be frustrating. And as patients move between providers and facilities, it’s not uncommon for test results and other important pieces of health information to not move with them. Tests may be unnecessarily repeated and appropriate interventions are more difficult to make. SHARE recognizes that communication and health information sharing is an ongoing challenge in the provider community.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use disparate EHR systems, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE will allow Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc.  providers to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics in their eClinical Works (eCW) EHR System. Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc.  care teams across two counties within Arkansas can now view the following patient data through SHARE’s eCW interface and access historical patient health information through the SHARE Virtual Health Record to include:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer Data
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications, Vitals, Social History
  • Demographic, Insurance, and Past Provider Information
  • Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports
  • Discharge Summaries, Continuity of Care Documents and Progress Notes

As Arkansas providers battle COVID-19, this type of care coordination is more important than ever. Every member of the care team must always be well-informed about testing and infection status, and SHARE HIE provides insight into a patient’s total health record to ensure safety, quality care and reduced duplications.”

Monica Lindley, CEO of the Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc.

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc.  significant access to better coordination with hospitals, specialist, and referral partners outside their network across the State to see a more robust picture of their patients’ medical histories, engendering efficient and safe continuity of care.  The SHARE 24- hour daily reports also alert the care team when patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharged in real-time. This allows for follow-up to occur within 72 hours of a patient having a hospital event, which assists Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc.  in meeting quality metrics for their National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH certification.

In the Delta region of Arkansas this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE enables Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc.  to access the exchange to better coordinate with providers and patients in the Arkansas Delta.

SHARE HIT Policy Integrator Justin Villines cited the partnership as the latest example of both groups’ innovation to improve patient outcomes by providing fast, secure communication among health care providers. “Care providers in our network enjoy seamless access to patients’ health data. Patients know their information is secure and available to their primary care doctors, specialists and hospitals, so they don’t have to undergo unnecessary tests or worry that something will get lost in translation from one care provider to another,” Villines said.

SHARE’s continued mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the State of Arkansas health care community. This is being accomplished by increasing patient results data in the health information exchange (HIE) that is provided in real-time when doctors, providers and care teams need it.

The theme for NHCW 2020 is "Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities Today and in the Future." During this week of remembrance, health center advocates will light candles on behalf of community health leaders and patients who were lost in the fight against COVID.

About Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc

Mid-Delta Health Systems is in downtown Clarendon in a state-of-the-art facility that was constructed in 2012. We have been in operation for over 30 years and are a Community Health Center that is available to treat all patients. We are a non-profit community-based organization that is owned and governed by a community-based volunteer board of directors.

Mid-Delta Health Systems has been re-certified for Level III Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition (PCMH), which is the highest recognition that can be given.  As of May 11, 2016 MDHS, received an Achievement of Recognition for Systematic Use of Patient-Centered, Coordinated Care Management Processes which required dedication and perseverance to achieve this accreditation and transformation of our clinic. 

We are also proud to announce the addition of our newest clinic Mid-Delta Health Systems-DeWitt.  The DeWitt clinic is located at 1940 South Whitehead Drive in DeWitt, AR.  Call today at 870-946-4505 to make an appointment.  This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal PHS deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc. provides comprehensive primary and preventive health care services appropriate for the population served at each of their health centers. They offer medical, dental, pharmaceutical, laboratory, radiology, and transportation services. They also provide preventive health Pediatrics, Gynecology, Insurance Enrollment, Legal Aid Services, Behavioral Health Services, Assistance with Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare D Rx plans, Bilingual Providers, diabetes and cardiovascular wellness. They are located in Monroe and Arkansas county, with a total of two primary care medical offices and dental. At Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc., they make dental care easy and affordable for their patients and families in the Arkansas Delta and so patients  get the care they deserve. Therefore they also offer on-site dental services at their Claredon clinic. Learn more: https://mid-delta.org/

Post date: 2020-08-06T13:19:47-05:00

“SHARE has assisted us by identifying emergency department visits and inpatient stays of our patients when they go to hospitals connected to SHARE including Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Saline Memorial Health System.” Cheryl Arnold, MHSA, FACMPE, Administrator

Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic, PA (CAPC) in Benton, Arkansas uses SHARE, the Arkansas Health Information Exchange, to improve patient care. The pediatric clinic staff of eight physicians, three nurse practitioners, and a support staff of 32 provide care for approximately 22,000 pediatric patients in central Arkansas, during over 50,000 annual office visits. Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic integrated their eMDs EMR system with SHARE and send Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT), diagnosis, allergies, medications, procedures, vitals, and continuity of care documents (CCDs).  CAPC also has the capacity to bring in outside laboratory results, radiology reports and discharge summaries into their local eMDs EMR environment using SHARE.  

By viewing their patients’ health records in the SHARE web portal, also called the Virtual Health Record, Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic knows when one of their patients, including high-risk patients, are going to the emergency department.  In addition, the staff knows, on a daily basis, when patients are hospitalized. This is a game changer for the clinic, which did not have this information to manage their patient panel before connecting to SHARE. Now, the clinic can contact patients to schedule follow-up appointments within 10 days, and by doing so, decrease the patients’ risk of another hospitalization.

The clinic uses SHARE to securely send immunization administration details to Arkansas Department of Health WEBIZ. This replaces duplicate entry by CAPC’s nursing staff. “Improving continuity of care for our patients is very important to Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic and SHARE allows us to see patients’ discharges quicker,” said.” Cheryl Arnold, MHSA, FACMPE, Administrator.

Arnold added that the clinic uses SHARE’s Secure Messaging and the Virtual Health Record to identify emergency department and inpatient stays with other healthcare providers in the region to access historical data on current and new patients.  The clinics’ integration with SHARE successfully provides true interoperability for this pediatric practice, which will greatly enhance the patient results available to their referral network throughout Central Arkansas. This includes the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN), a statewide pediatric clinically integrated network (CIN). “During COVID19, being integrated with SHARE gives Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic the ability to access COVID testing results for our patients regardless of the facility performing the testing.” said Arnold.

About Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic

At Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic, we believe meeting the healthcare needs of children is more than a chosen profession, it is a high calling.

As such, we consider it a privilege and an honor to play a small role in nurturing an infant into childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood. We realize every child has his or her own unique set of needs that change as they grow. Whether it’s making sure immunizations are given on time, treating a persistent respiratory infection, managing a chronic illness, performing a school physical or providing educational information on how to stay healthy, each time a child visits our clinic, they are treated as a special person worthy of our time, effort, respect and undivided attention. Our clinic’s philosophy includes an understanding that visiting the doctor is often a traumatic experience for both parent and patient, especially younger children. Our goal at Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic is to create a first impression that helps begin your visit on a positive note. As you and your child walk to an examining room, you will notice bulletin boards are adorned with photos of some of our patients. These photos were given to the staff in gratitude for care given and reflect the compassion, concern, and love our patients feel when they visit our clinic. In addition, you will see artwork created by our patients in galleries throughout the clinic.

Visit the clinic to learn more: http://www.centralarkpediatric.com/

About Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN)

The Arkansas Children’s Care Network will fundamentally transform healthcare delivery for the children of Arkansas through a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) comprised of health care professionals who provide coordinated and accountable pediatric care supported by a sustainable financial model. This network will improve quality, access, patient/family experience, and affordability of health care while also increasing physician engagement and satisfaction. ACCN will be the nation’s first statewide pediatric CIN, promoting collaboration among primary care and specialty providers who treat children across Arkansas. ACCN will enable its partners to work together in a clinically integrated manner, using common health protocols and pathways so that each child receives quality care at the most appropriate location.

For more Information: https://www.accnconnect.org/arkansas-childrens-care-network/arkansas-childrens-care-network-home