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Post date: 2021-03-02T08:44:21-06:00

Arkansas Department of Health             OHIT | State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE)                                                                         

COVID-19 Vaccine Notifications

The Arkansas Department of Health/SHARE COVID-19 Vaccine Notifications service brings alerts of patients/members that have received dose (1) or dose (2) of the COVID-19 Vaccine. The report includes manufacturer, date, and vaccine given location.  The qualified participants that are currently receiving the SHARE 24-hour daily reports of ED and Inpatient Discharges will also get the COVID-19 Vaccine Notifications. 

Through direct secure messaging, we can also notify you when patients have tested positive for COVID-19.

Access to this timely information can be used to:

  • Improve disease management during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Improve care management and coordination for patients or members of given Vaccine
  • Inform quality improvement and vaccinated patient groups
  • Help healthcare providers pinpoint areas for improving outcomes

Post date: 2021-02-16T13:06:31-06:00

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
  • Immunizations
  • On-site Lab
  • On-site Imaging Services
  • Women’s Health
  • Aesthetics
  • Weight Loss
  • ADHD Treatment
  • Preventative Health
  • DOT Physicals
  • Interpreter Services

Visit https://autumnroadfamilypractice.com/ to learn more.

 

 

Post date: 2021-02-08T12:07:38-06:00

  

SHARE Can Assist with MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Measure 2021 Performance Period. Contact us today [email protected]

Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Measure

2021 Performance Period

 

Objective:

 

Health Information Exchange

 

 

Measure:

 

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.

 

Measure ID:

 

PI_HIE_5

 

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.

Reporting Requirements

YES/NO

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.

Scoring Information

•     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.

Additional Information

•     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.

Regulatory References

•     For further discussion, please see the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of

2015 (MACRA) final rule:  81 FR 77228 and 81 FR 77229.

•     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.

Certification Criteria

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:

§170.315(b)(1) Transitions of Care

§170.315(b)(2) Clinical Information Reconciliation and Incorporation

§ 170.315(g)(7) Application access — patient selection

§ 170.315(g)(8) Application access — data category request

§ 170.315(g)(9) Application access — all data request

§ 170.315(g)(10) Application access — standardized API for patient and population services

Post date: 2021-01-27T13:00:36-06:00

30 Day Readmission Notifications

The 30-day readmission notification project allows hospitals to receive a secure message notification when a patient that discharged from their facility, was readmitted into any SHARE participating hospital within a 30-day timeframe.

In order for a facility to participate and receive 30-day readmission notifications they must send ADT (Admit, Discharge and Transfer) data to SHARE.  SHARE uses very specific message types in order for the facility to receive the information they want without a lot of outliers.  The following message types are used:

  • A01 – Admit a Patient
  • A02 – Transfer a Patient
  • A03 – Discharge a Patient
  • A06 – Transfer an Outpatient to Inpatient

Below is a sample message to illustrate how the email notifications will look.

 

What measures are included in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program?

CMS uses the excess readmission ratio (ERR) to assess hospital performance. The ERR measures a hospital’s relative performance and is the ratio of predicted-to-expected readmissions. CMS calculate an ERR for each condition and procedure included in the program:

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Heart Failure (HF)
  • Pneumonia
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Elective Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty and/or Total Knee Arthroplasty (THA/TKA)

HRRP doesn’t include the Hospital-Wide All-Cause Readmission (HWR) measure, which is included in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program.

Learn more at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/HRRP/Hospital-Readmission-Reduction-Program.html(link is external)

Below is a sample message to illustrate how the email notifications will look.  Ask a SHARE expert how to begin!

 

Post date: 2021-01-06T16:50:25-06:00

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has awarded an additional $250,000 to the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) to support participating Arkansas hospitals and clinics in improving how they exchange patient information. The health insurer provided an initial grant of $817,000 to ARHP in January 2020.

The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership is a nonprofit organization made up of 14 hospitals and two federally qualified health centers spanning south Arkansas. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) supports and works closely with the partnership on professional health education and public health issues.

The funding from Arkansas Blue Cross helps the partnership’s hospitals and their clinics maintain their participation in the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), which is overseen by the Office of Health Information Technology (a division of the Arkansas Department of Health. SHARE provides ARHP hospitals and healthcare providers with real-time patient information.

 

SHARE lets users transmit and exchange patient information such as clinical care summaries, vital signs, medications, allergies, continuity of care documents (CCDs), transitions of care documents, immunization records, laboratory results, radiology report transcriptions and discharge summaries. Most importantly, providers can instantly send clinical information to other providers. SHARE’s daily reports give ARHP healthcare providers a 24-hour snapshot of critical events (such as emergency room visits and inpatient discharges).

SHARE’s vision is a healthier state population and an improved healthcare system where caregivers and patients have electronic access to more complete health records and are empowered to make better health decisions with this information. SHARE’s mission is to improve the delivery, coordination and quality of healthcare throughout Arkansas through the statewide use of health information technology and clinical data exchange

ARHP hospitals and clinics have been able to use SHARE to collaborate with other medical facilities and quickly get patients the care they need,” said Curtis Barnett, president and CEO of Arkansas Blue Cross. “This funding is a continuation of our effort to provide quality investments in sustainable initiatives that improve care for the citizens of Arkansas.”

Arkansas Blue Cross representatives recently visited the campuses of all 16 ARHP hospitals to thank them for their hard work in the ongoing effort to fight COVID-19, connect with them on the progress of SHARE, and provide support funding to help offset some of the maintenance costs.

“Through SHARE and Arkansas Blue Cross, our member hospitals have been able to share and have access to patient data, which has been crucial during the pandemic,” said Mellie Bridewell, the partnership’s CEO and a UAMS regional director of strategy, management and administration. “This continued financial support for 2021 helps these rural hospitals focus on caring for their patients and communities.”

ARHP hospitals and FQHCs receiving funding for SHARE include:

  • Ashley County Medical Center
  • Dallas County Medical Center
  • Magnolia Regional Medical Center
  • Medical Center of South Arkansas
  • Ouachita County Medical Center
  • Baptist Health – Stuttgart
  • Mid Delta Health Systems
  • Helena Regional Medical Center
  • Dewitt Hospital and Nursing Home
  • Delta Memorial Medical Center
  • McGehee Hospital
  • Chicot Memorial Medical Center
  • Mainline Health Systems
  • Jefferson Regional
  • Drew Memorial Hospital
  • Bradley County Medical Center

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Post date: 2021-01-04T16:17:20-06:00

SHARE routes patient encounter data to subscribing organizations like ACOs/CINs, ambulatory practices, hospitals, and health plans in real-time. SHARE enables the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) & Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs) as well as the clinicians and care managers to receive timely notifications about hospitalizations, act promptly, and direct patients to the most appropriate care settings while reducing avoidable utilization and increasing Transitional Care Management (TCM) revenue.

Benefits:

  • SHARE reduces interface costs and is the vehicle to push data to ACO/CIN
  • SHARE connects the referral pattern from physicians to a hospital or service center
  • Provide prior and current encounter histories to include but not limited to:
    • Clinical Data
      • Laboratory Results
      • Radiology Results
      • Discharge Summaries
      • Diagnosis and Problems
      • Demographics
      • Allergies
      • Medications
      • Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • Laboratory Notification Reports on positive COVID-19 results
  • 24- Hour Daily Reports (ED and Inpatient Discharges)
  • 30 – Day Readmission Reports to connected hospitals

Post date: 2020-12-23T10:05:46-06:00

We will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day but as always if you have any issues, please submit a ticket here

Our vision is a healthier state population and a greatly improved health care system in which care givers and patients have electronic access to more complete health records and are empowered to make better health decisions with this information.

Health information exchange isn’t just about technology—it’s about everything the movement of patient health information makes possible:

  • Coordinating patient care efficiently among many different doctors
  • Giving health care providers more complete patient information at the time of treatment
  • Empowering providers and patients to make better treatment decisions—together
  • Enabling patients to spend less time completing paperwork and more time talking with their doctors
  • Improving the management of chronic diseases
  • Reducing medication errors and duplicate tests
  • Bettering the quality of health care in Arkansas
  • Putting patients first
  • Saving lives

Contact us today @ [email protected]  ! 

 

 

Post date: 2020-12-17T16:05:39-06:00

 SHARE 24 Hour Daily Reports

Being a primary care physician means knowing the most current information regarding your patients. SHARE Daily Reports can help you do that. Our Daily Reports make available to healthcare providers the most recent critical events with patients within the last 24 hours regardless of insurance payers.

Our Daily Reports are a data service that make updates available to healthcare providers when a patient is;

  • Admitted to an emergency department
  • Discharged from an emergency department
  • Transferred from outpatient to inpatient
  • Discharged from an inpatient encounter

Access to this timely information can be used to;

  • Improve care management and coordination for patients or members
  • Prevent hospital readmissions
  • Improve disease management
  • Inform quality improvement
  • Help healthcare providers pinpoint areas for improving outcomes
  • Assist in containing costs

Simply provide us with a patient attribution list and we return to you a daily report over the last 24 hours if your patient has had an event at your local hospital, see sample report.

 

 

Through direct secure messaging, we can notify you when patients are hospitalized or visit an emergency department. Learn more about our Secure Messaging feature. 

Post date: 2020-12-10T21:01:13-06:00

COVID-19 Laboratory Notifications

Our COVID-19 Laboratory Notifications service brings alerts of positive test results of attributed patients to providers, accountable care organizations (ACO), clinically integrated networks (CIN) and payers. The qualified participants that are already receiving the SHARE 24-hour daily reports of ED and Inpatient Discharges will also get the COVID-19 Laboratory Notifications.  Through direct secure messaging, we can notify you when patients have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about our Secure Messaging feature. 

Access to this timely information can be used to;

  • Improve disease management during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Improve care management and coordination for patients or members
  • Prevent hospital admission and readmissions
  • Inform quality improvement
  • Help healthcare providers pinpoint areas for improving outcomes