February 2021 Little Rock, Arkansas – Having rapid and secure access to previously unavailable patient information from the emergency departments, specialist and inpatient is critical in helping high risk patients. Autumn Road Family Practice, a leading family medicine provider in Arkansas, has gone live as a data provider with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), with their Athena EMR system.
As the Arkansas’s only statewide health information exchange, SHARE is an electronic network for hospitals, physicians, medical providers, behavioral health, LTPAC facilities and others to safely exchange clinical results and reports. This data is securely stored in SHARE’s Community Health Record and shared as clinical care warrants.
“Including information from Autumn Road Family Practice in SHARE’s master patient index will help to create a more complete Community Health Record,” according to Anne Santifer, Director, Office of Health Information Technology.
In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use disparate EMR systems, including in Central Arkansas, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE will allow the clinics’ providers and staff to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics in their Athena EMR System. The care team can now also view the following patient data through SHARE’s Athena interface and access historical patient health information through the SHARE Virtual Health Record (VHR) to include:
- Admission, Discharge and Transfer Data (ADT)
- Allergies, Problems, Medications, Vitals, Social History, Demographic, Insurance, and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
- Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports, Discharge Summaries, Continuity of Care Documents and Progress Notes
There will no longer be a need to log into a separate system for the information or call other facilities to have the medical records physically sent or faxed over. This enhanced functionality improves communication among providers who are caring for the same patients, but who use different electronic health record systems.
“We believe that coordinating and collaborating with other local health care providers will improve patient outcomes and help enhance people’s well-being and quality of life,” said Tabitha Childers MSN, RN, Practice Administrator, Autumn Road Family Practice. “We are pleased to be part of the health information exchange and provide critical patient information with SHARE to support better continuity of care for our patients.”, said Childers.
About Autumn Road Family Practice:
Autumn Road Family Practice has been in business for over 50 years – with more than 130 years of combined physician expertise. They are a family medical practice healthcare team with a heart of service providing Central Arkansas with excellent, comprehensive healthcare. They promote wellness and treating illness while empowering the patient to improve their overall health in a respectful, caring environment. They offer a seasoned team committed to caring for patients and their families.
Their unique qualities include taking time to listen to our patients’ concerns, offering extended hours, twenty-four-hour accessibility to one of our physicians at all times, flexible scheduling so that our patients can be seen the same day if needed and patient access to their medical record on-line. They aspire to become the Family Practice clinic of choice in greater Little Rock by striving for extraordinary care and exceptional medical insight. Their patients are partners in their care as we help support their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being.
Services include but not limited to:
- Wellness Visits
- Management of Chronic Conditions
- On-site Lab
- On-site Imaging Services
- Women’s Health
- Weight Loss
- ADHD Treatment
- Preventative Health
- DOT Physicals
- Interpreter Services
Visit https://autumnroadfamilypractice.com/ to learn more.
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Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Measure
2021 Performance Period
Health Information Exchange
Health Information Exchange (HIE) Bi-Directional Exchange
The MIPS eligible clinician or group must attest that they engage in bi- directional exchange with an HIE to support transitions of care.
Definition of Terms
Transitions of Care – The movement of a patient from one setting of care (hospital, ambulatory primary care practice, ambulatory specialty care practice, long-term care, home health, rehabilitation facility) to another. At a minimum this includes all transitions of care and referrals that are ordered by the MIPS eligible clinician.
Referral – Cases where one provider refers a patient to another, but the referring provider maintains his or her care of the patient as well.
Current problem lists – At a minimum a list of current and active diagnoses.
Active/current medication list – A list of medications that a given patient is currently taking.
Active/current medication allergy list – A list of medications to which a given patient has known allergies.
Allergy – An exaggerated immune response or reaction to substances that are generally not harmful.
The MIPS eligible clinician must attest YES or TRUE to the following:
++ I participate in an HIE in order to enable secure, bi-directional exchange to occur for every patient encounter, transition or referral, and record stored or maintained in the EHR during the
performance period in accordance with applicable law and policy.
++ The HIE that I participate in is capable of exchanging information across a broad network of unaffiliated exchange partners including those using disparate EHRs, and does not engage in
exclusionary behavior when determining exchange partners.
++ I use the functions of CEHRT to support bi-directional exchange with an HIE.
• Required for Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Score: Yes, if submitting as an alternative to the Support Electronic Referral Loops by Sending Health Information and the Support Electronic Referral Loops by Receiving and Reconciling measures (HIE_1 and HIE_4)
• Measure Score: 40 points
• Eligible for Bonus Score: No
Note: In order to earn a score greater than zero for the Promoting Interoperability performance category, MIPS eligible clinicians must:
• Submit a “yes” to the Prevention of Information Blocking Attestations; and
• Submit a “yes” to the ONC Direct Review Attestation, if applicable; and
• Submit a “yes” that they have completed the Security Risk Analysis measure during the
calendar year in which the MIPS performance period occurs; and
• Report the required measures from each of the four objectives.
• In 2021, MIPS eligible clinicians may use certified technology meeting the existing 2015
Edition certification criteria, updated to the 2015 Edition Cures Update, or a combination of the two, to meet the CEHRT definition. (85 FR 84472)
• To learn more about the 2015 Edition Cures Update and the changes to 2015 Edition certification criteria finalized in the 21st Century Cures Act final rule (85 FR 25642), we encourage MIPS eligible clinicians to visit https://www.healthit.gov/curesrule/final-rule- policy/2015-edition-cures-update.
• To check whether a health IT product has been certified to criteria updated for the 2015
Edition Cures Update, visit the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) at https://chpl.healthit.gov/.
• 2015 Edition or 2015 Edition Cures Update functionality must be used as needed for a measure action to count in the numerator during a performance period. However, in some situations the product may be deployed during the performance period, but pending certification. In such cases, the product must be certified to the 2015 Edition or the 2015
Edition Cures Update by the last day of the performance period. Includes enabling querying
for or receiving health information for all new and existing patients seen by the MIPS eligible clinician, as well as enabling sending or sharing information for all new and existing patients seen by the MIPS eligible clinician.,
• Exchange networks that would not support attestation to the second attestation statement would include exchange networks that only support information exchange between affiliated entities, such as networks that only connect health care providers within a single health system, or networks that only facilitate sharing between health care providers that use the same EHR vendor.
• More information about Promoting Interoperability performance category scoring is available on the QPP website.
• When MIPS eligible clinicians choose to report as a group, data should be aggregated for all MIPS eligible clinicians under one Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). This includes those MIPS eligible clinicians who may qualify for reweighting such through an approved Promoting Interoperability hardship exception, hospital or ASC-based status, or in a specialty which is not required to report data to the Promoting Interoperability performance category. If these MIPS eligible clinicians choose to report as a part of a group practice, they will be scored on the Promoting Interoperability performance category like all other MIPS eligible clinicians.
• For further discussion, please see the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of
• For additional discussion, please see the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule final rule – Quality
Payment Program final rule: 83 FR 59789.
• In order to meet this measure, MIPS eligible clinicians must use the functions of CEHRT to support bi-directional exchange with an HIE.
Examples of certified health IT capabilities to support the actions of this measure may include but are not limited to technology certified to the following criteria: