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Post date: 2020-10-27T14:08:28-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas October 2020 

Josh Wilson, PhD at (Independent Case Management) ICM, Inc. recalls instances when his staff were able to follow-up with customers (patients are customers at ICM) that had been at the local emergency room because of their connection to Arkansas’s statewide health information exchange or HIE, SHARE. Because the staff knew very well both the customer and the difficulty the customer was having, they were better equipped to provide home-based supports upon discharge, helping to avoid readmission. While there was time and money saved, the real value was more personal.

Dr. Wilson and ICM provide home and community-based supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). ICM was initially set up to receive Alerts, real-time notifications of hospital admissions, discharges, or transfers (ADTs) on a list of customers they “subscribe to” through the HIE. When any individual on their subscribed list lands in or is discharged from a hospital, they receive an alert. While many people with IDD require 24/7 supports, some do not. This service had an immediate impact, according to Wilson. “It’s very helpful to know when someone is admitted to the hospital when we are not providing supports. During these instances, we can quickly follow-up with the medical staff and family to customize our supports as needed upon discharge,” he said.

ICM and many other SHARE participants who care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities have reported that receiving Alerts has positively impacted how they support these customers. There are two primary ways that SHARE provides data – through Alerts and through access to the HIE Portal. An Alert provides notification of an event such as an ADT or an abnormal lab result. Participants can also access data through the virtual health record portal, such as information on a customer labs, diagnostic tests, or clinical notes. Participants pull reports (called continuity of care documents or CCDs) such as discharge summaries from the HIE portal. Many participants also use the Direct secure email service of the HIE that allows them to share messages and documents with other participants.

Created in 1988, ICM began as a pilot project in partnership with the state to implement a 1915c Medicaid home and community-based supports waiver for people with IDD. Today, ICM supports over 280 people with IDD. The majority of these people are supported within their homes by Direct Support Professionals to increase their independence and assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, and socialization. Other services include applied behavior analysis therapies for children with autism, clinic-based habilitative services, and specialized foster care. To support pre-employment skill readiness, ICM owns and operates three retail stores (Bamboo, Biscuits, Brushes) in Little Rock and a fried pie manufacturing and delivery business (Flywheel Pies) in Prescott. The main administrative office is located in Little Rock, Arkansas.

About ICM, Inc.

ICM, a 501(c)(3) organization, is committed to providing exceptional home and community-based supports suited to the specific needs and goals of individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the state.

ICM’s mission is to provide excellent individualized services and supports to individuals and their families across Arkansas.

ICM’s vision is to provide the support necessary so that individuals remain in their community of choice, to experience and promote interactions with those around them and to provide the opportunities for an enhanced quality of life. ICM is honored to support everyone’s desire to live a meaningful life in the community they choose.

Visit https://www.icm-inc.org/  to learn more.

Post date: 2020-10-20T16:01:32-05:00

 

Little Rock, AR – October 2020

SHARE, the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange, announced today that Unity Health has successfully connected to its health information exchange (HIE) network. As the leading healthcare provider in an eight-county area, Unity Health associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. The Unity Health System offer a combined total of 571 licensed beds and a medical staff of more than 160 physicians who specialize in various areas of healthcare.

The connection of Unity Health’s CPSI electronic medical record system with SHARE’s HIE greatly expands its capabilities to coordinate patient care quickly and efficiently with community providers throughout Arkansas. When a patient is hospitalized or has a medical test performed at the Unity Health, important health information is electronically recorded and automatically available to the patient’s care providers on the SHARE network, admission, discharge and transfer (ADT), laboratory results, radiology results, discharge summaries, allergies, transcription notes and vital information from admission and discharge.

This immediate communication helps the patient’s care team better track his or her medical needs, which can prevent repeat hospitalizations and redundant testing.

“Unity Health’s vital role in the community as leading healthcare provider in an eight-county area and major care provider for Arkansas residents makes this a very important partnership for SHARE,” says Justin Villines, SHARE HIT Policy Integrator. “We are thrilled to include these important clinical data in the HIE, especially during this pandemic when transparency and good communication is so important.”

“Unity Health is excited to be a part of the SHARE network. Their vast health information system will allow our patients to connect with the resources that they need,” says Phil Miller, Assistant Vice President/Chief Information Officer, Unity Health. “A core tenet of our mission is to achieve the best outcomes for our patients, and we are confident that this partnership advances that priority.” 

About Unity Health

Unity Health - White County Medical Center

As the leading healthcare provider in an eight-county area, Unity Health associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. Unity Health is the largest employer in the eight-county area with more than 2,350 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare. This facility is located in Searcy, Arkansas.

Services: Cardiac rehabilitation, Critical care, Emergency medicine, Home health, Maternity, Physical therapy, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep medicine, and many more.

Unity Health - Harris Medical Center

Unity Health - Harris Medical Center is your community healthcare provider; a 133-bed facility with complete inpatient and outpatient care. We believe in the power of people to create great care. We are more than 250 healthcare professionals strong. We work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring, and connection for patients and families in the community we call home. This facility is located in Newport, Arkansas.

Services: Behavioral health services, Cosmetics, Emergency medicine, Family practice, General surgery, Obstetrics, and gynecology, Orthopaedics, Physical therapy, Podiatry, Radiology

Unity Health – Specialty Care and Advanced Care Hospital

Services: Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation, Inpatient Behavioral Health Service (adolescent, adult, and geriatric), Dialysis, Laboratory, Long-term acute care, Long-term antibiotic therapy, Nutritional support, Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, Radiology, Respiratory therapy, Speech therapy, Ventilator management and weaning, Wound management. This facility is located in Searcy, Arkansas.

Learn More: www.unity-health.org   

Post date: 2020-10-13T09:24:40-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas October 2020

“SHARE Alerts” are important and actionable electronic notifications triggered when patients are registered in the Emergency Department (ED) or are admitted to or discharged from a hospital.  These real-time notifications provide information to Lee County Cooperative Clinics (LCCCs) about a patient’s medical services encounter (which may include diagnosis and procedures), demographics, as well as the date and time of the event.  The timely collection and distribution of these “alerts” to the various members of a patient’s community-wide and multi-disciplinary care team facilitates the needed follow up care required to improve the overall quality as well as lower the cost of care delivered to patients.

The difficulty in collecting and distributing these “alerts” is exacerbated by the fact that the area’s hospitals and providers are all using disparate electronic health record (EHR) systems. State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) provides the connectivity and interoperability infrastructure required to collect and deliver alerts to care teams across Arkansas’ healthcare landscape.

Over the past several years, patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs) have focused on promoting enhanced collaboration between health care providers and rewarding high-quality, cost-efficient care. These models have gained recognition for their ability to improve care transitions, decrease inappropriate utilization and reform other aspects of the fragmented US healthcare system.  SHARE is assisting Lee County Cooperative Clinic’s that provides comprehensive medical services to underserved populations in Lee, Phillips-Lakeview, St. Francis-Madison, and Hughes in meeting several quality metrics associated with their FQHC ACO.

We are designated as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). A big part of this designation is the communication between and among the patient’s providers,’” stated Kellee Mitchell Farris, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Lee County Cooperative Clinic. “Just having the SHARE Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) as a resource to follow-up with the patient is huge. We are trying to be very proactive in our care coordination. I think it has really improved the quality of care we provide our patients, said Farris.”

By viewing their patients’ health records in the SHARE web portal, also called the Virtual Health Record, Lee County Cooperative (4) Clinic’s know when any of its patients, including high-risk patients, are going to the emergency department from a historical view. In addition, the staff knows, daily, when patients are hospitalized. This is a game changer for the clinic, which previously did not have this information to manage their patient panel. 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 clinics’ integration with SHARE successfully provides true interoperability for the FQHC designated practices, which will greatly enhance the patient results available to their referral network throughout the delta region in Arkansas.

ABOUT LCCC

Lee County Cooperative Clinic provides comprehensive medical services to underserved populations in Lee, Phillips-Lakeview, St. Francis-Madison, and Hughes.  Their main clinic is in Marianna at 530 W. Atkins Boulevard.

In 1969, Lee County Cooperative Clinic was established with support from the Office of Economic Opportunity.  We also benefited from the services of physicians, nurses, and health advocates who were sponsored by VISTA.

Lee County Cooperative Clinic is recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home.  The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) developed PCMH to assess whether clinician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts.

LCCC is a Federally Qualified Health Center and funded by Health Resources and Services Administration.  They have a staff of more than fifty qualified physicians, dentist, nurses, pharmacist, and support staff.  Their services include but are not limited to family practice, patient education, specialist and treatment referrals, transportation, diagnostic imaging and testing, and social services.   Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.  Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance are accepted.  All patients have equal access to services regardless of source of payment.

Lee County Cooperative Clinic is an approved National Health Service Corp site.

LCCC MISSION

Lee County Cooperative Clinic exists to maximize the health and wellness of the community through health promotion and education, providing affordable high-quality healthcare services and mobilizing health resources for residents.

Visit: https://www.lccc.us.com

Post date: 2020-09-29T09:53:58-05:00

Little Rock, AR--September 2020

“Arkansas Family Care Network of clinics are excited to be a part of the SHARE network. Their vast health information exchange network allows the networks’ patients to connect with the resources that they need,” says Terrah Patton, Director, Information Systems, EngageMED. “Our mission at EngageMED is to provide innovative, value-based practice management and revenue cycle services to providers we engage.  To reach excellence in everything we do, EngageMED's foundation revolves around four core values which SHARE is assisting our clinics meet.”

“SHARE also allows Arkansas Family Care Network of clinics to meet patient centered medical homes (PCMH) programs and our integrated network stronger as we track high-priority patients, following up with patients within 10 days and knowing high utilizers of the emergency department, whether it is at Saline Memorial Health System, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Conway Regional Health System, CHI St. Vincent, UAMS Health or Baptist Health ”, added Terrah Patton.  

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use disparate EHR systems, including Central Arkansas, 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. The clinics referral network care teams can now also view the patient data, as data is flowing from Allscripts 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

SHARE provides all seven clinic locations with near real-time clinical data such as hospital admissions and discharges, allergies, medications, lab results, diagnostic results, and procedures from acute care hospitals and more than 1,000 non- Arkansas Family Care Network clinics.

“Arkansas Family Care Network clinics is a strategic partner in the SHARE network dedicated to improving care management and business operations,” said Anne Santifer, Director of Office of Health Information Technology. “Arkansas Family Care Network clinic’s trusts and relies on our secure data exchange to enhance its population health reporting and improve outcomes at the community level.”

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A strong primary care infrastructure is an essential part of the effective delivery of quality, patient-centered healthcare in the United States.

As an example, primary care physicians provide 52 percent of all ambulatory care visits, 80 percent of patient visits for hypertension and 69 percent of visits for both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. These figures only serve to accentuate the hallmarks of primary care medicine — first contact care, continuity of care, comprehensive care and coordinated care — and reinforce the importance of a strong, viable primary care network.

Unfortunately, many primary care physicians today find themselves spending more time with management issues than with patients and are unable to enjoy the quality of practice life they so desire.

Simply put, administrative burdens are unnecessarily limiting many physicians’ ability to provide quality patient care and at the same time meet an increasing demand for time for family and personal life.

We believe the answer is the Arkansas Family Care Network.

AFCN is a group of associated, yet independent medical practices that share a common direction, billing and collections, employee administration, electronic medical records and financial data through a single management company staffed with some of the nation’s most outstanding healthcare administration professionals.

And although we share much in common, we also stress independence. AFCN physicians are not told what to do and when to do it. By associating with an independent network, you will remain in control of your own practice, yet can exchange practice enhancement ideas with other like-minded physicians.

Utilizing the management services provided by AFCN will allow you to concentrate on the physician-patient relationship and spend more worry-free time with family and friends away from the office, resulting in a better quality of life both in and out of the clinic setting.

Post date: 2020-09-22T09:00:00-05:00

September 2020

With our country in the heart of a global pandemic, keeping a close tab on its patients in real-time is now even more critical for the medical teams at ARcare. Alarming headlines about coronavirus “hot spots” and community outbreaks have caused many federally qualified health centers (FQHC) facilities across the nation to focus more on populations with underlying health conditions that naturally increases the risk of infection spread. With the use of the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), ARcare has had continued access to recent laboratory results, radiology results, discharge summaries, updated patient demographics, recent vitals, allergies, and continuity of care documents (CCDAs).

Pairing quality care with the latest advances in interoperability, ARcare offers medical services across Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi for every family member. This continued commitment aims to provide the most effective, compassionate care possible to reflect this commitment daily. ARcare focuses on a range of services, including behavioral health, women’s health, cardiology, and primary care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Extending over three decades, this tradition of care and trust defines ARcares’ work and lets them focus on what matters most: the health of their patients in which they serve.

“I’m a huge advocate for SHARE,” said Dr. Steven Collier, MD, CEO. “ARcare covers Arkansas, Mississippi and Kentucky with board-certified family care providers, community health centers, and the very latest in medical technology, ARcare partners with our patients from rearing to retirement, assuring all members of the family are provided the absolute best in healthcare and SHARE assists our clinics in doing this on a daily basis”, said Collier.

 

Lauren Fields BSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, and care teams across three states helps patients and their families navigate what to expect and how to prepare for a transition from a hospital or home setting while visiting an ARcare facility. She says SHARE’s Virtual Health Record (VHR) patient lookup tool has always been valuable, but the addition of COVID-19 reports makes it a true game changer for her and team. The tools, including COVID-19 Lab Notifications and SHARE 24-hour daily reports on emergency room and inpatient discharges, not only helps with existing patients but also patients referred at any ARcare location.

Before the pandemic, ARcare visited newly transitioned patients in person at each clinic to make sure they were well, but many patients are electing for tele-health for the time being. For patients without strong family networks it has been difficult to miss out making a personal connection, so she relies on SHARE integration with their EMR Greenway Intergy to follow their progress.

“SHARE lets us look at a broader picture of our patients,” she says. “We can see the whole perspective; we’re able to look at how we can accurately piece together the patients’ medical concerns and rehospitalizations, and ensure our medical treatments are safe and effective.” she adds, “The addition of the COVID-19 information was wonderful. Most facilities that we use are on SHARE, so we are able to follow that and see real-time information about tests and their results, and then look at the trends history to see what’s really going on with our patients.”

Outside of the COVID-19 insights, she said access to discharge summaries about a patient’s progress (such as results from breathing treatments) within SHARE has helped their care teams better understand their patients’ needs and develop individualized treatments.  She also touts the tools’ benefits of accessing patient information when treating new patients via tele-health; this allows ARcare to access the patients previous medical history with new or newly established patients that are unable to provide an accurate health history.

About ARcare:  For over thirty years, ARcare has instilled commitment, compassion, and trust throughout Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Beginning in 1986 with Dr. Steven Collier’s unquestionable mandate to serve “the least, the last, and the lost,” ARcare has brought superior healthcare to patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

ARcare's mission is to ensure patients can benefit from affordable, routine medical care comes from the vision of CEO Dr. Steven Collier. In 1986, Dr. Collier aimed to ensure that patients in rural Arkansas could get quality medical care, and he has helped provide access to healthcare for patients throughout the tri-state area ever since. Services include primary care, behavioral health, pharmacies, community outreach programs, and more.

Although ARcare is not a free clinic, it is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) with discounted rates, so all the residents of these areas can receive the care they need. They see patients with insurance, without insurance, and with not enough coverage. They see all who need healthcare. With board-certified family care providers, community health centers, and the very latest in medical technology, ARcare partners with  patients from rearing to retirement, assuring all members of the family are provided the absolute best in healthcare.

Mission: “Health for All”

With a focus on customer health, community health, employee health, and organizational health, ARcare's mission of “health for all” is at the core of everything we do. Their services aim to help improve the well-being of our local communities by ensuring community members do not have to postpone or forego medical services they need. With their sliding scale fees and commitment to offering affordable care, all members of  local communities can receive timely care for health issues, routine medical exams, and tests for optimal health.

Values: ARcare’s vision is to be the largest primary care provider in the South, the provider of first choice in communities, and a national leader of community health centers. ARcare’s values are to guide employees in providing superior service while fulfilling our mission and achieving our vision.

  • Stewardship – Valuing our resources daily to ensure our mission tomorrow.
  • Positive Attitude – Empowering employees to create an energetic work environment.
  • Integrity – Honesty, ethics, and dedication in all we do.
  • Respect – Appreciating all people, work, and ideas.
  • Improvement – Continually striving for performance excellence.
  • Teamwork – Achieving our goals together

Learn More: https://www.arcare.net/

Post date: 2020-09-11T13:11:56-05:00

So, what is interoperability and why is it important in Healthcare? “Interoperability” is the ability for Healthcare technology systems and devices to exchange, interpret, and store data using common standards.

SHARE is Prepared to Help Hospital Systems Comply with CMS, ONC Final Interoperability Rule

2020: CMS and ONC issued final interoperability, Information Blocking and the ONC Health IT final rules March 9; majority of the regulations are effective Spring 2021. Deadlines were recently rolled back to allow more time, as resources are targeted into COVID-19 pandemic response (CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule).

Comply with “Final Interoperability” Rules: State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is here for you, ready to support health care providers who administer care to Arkansas residents. SHARE is prepared to help participants comply and implement our health information exchange (HIE) data exchange to make protected patient health information more accessible. SHARE is offering incentives to offset costs to hospitals and health systems for participating in the SHARE network by November 2020 and sharing data connections by April 2021.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finalized rules March 9, 2020, requiring major changes for payers and hospitals to provide patients unprecedented safe access to their own health information.
  • The rules address interoperability, information blocking, patient access to data and electronic health record (EHR) certification. In most cases, compliance calls for implementing significant data transparency requirements. CMS mandates hospitals and health systems to send admissions, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications as soon as possible.
  • Effective Spring 2021, hospitals must electronically send admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) alerts to community providers when patients are seen in the emergency department or admitted to, discharged, and/or transferred from the hospital to another community provider or practitioner. ADT alerts improve care quality and reduce readmissions.
    • SHARE ADT Notifications further help primary care providers keep track of patients during public health crises, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • CMS is now requiring these hospitalization alerts as a condition of participation in Medicare and Medicaid. In addition, other time-sensitive requirements include: By May 1, 2021, hospitals must start sending ADT notifications to patients’ physicians. Payers have until July 1, 2021 to comply.
    • In late-2021, CMS will start publicly reporting the identity of clinicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals practicing information blocking (broadly defined as practices that are likely to interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage the access, exchange, or use of electronic health information).

Condition of Participation/Admission, Discharge & Transfer (ADT) Notifications: This rule requires hospitals, including psychiatric hospitals and critical access hospitals, to send notifications that must include at least a patient name, treating practitioner name and sending institution name. The health system will send notification at the time of registration at the emergency department; admission to the hospital’s inpatient services; the patient’s discharge or transfer from hospital’s emergency department; the patient’s discharge or transfer from hospital’s inpatient services. This requirement is effective May 1, 2021. SHARE already offers event notification services to its participants. This federal regulation is achieved by SHARE participants sending their ADT information to SHARE and SHARE delivering event notification service through (NexGen Healthcare Solutions, Mirth Connect).

To view the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, visit: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index

 

 

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

Post date: 2020-07-31T11:33:16-05:00

So, what is interoperability and why is it important in Healthcare? “Interoperability” is the ability for Healthcare technology systems and devices to exchange, interpret, and store data using common standards.

SHARE is Prepared to Help Hospital Systems Comply with CMS, ONC Final Interoperability Rule

2020: CMS and ONC issued final interoperability, Information Blocking and the ONC Health IT final rules March 9; majority of the regulations are effective Spring 2021. Deadlines were recently rolled back to allow more time, as resources are targeted into COVID-19 pandemic response (CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule).

Comply with “Final Interoperability” Rules: State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is here for you, ready to support health care providers who administer care to Arkansas residents. SHARE is prepared to help participants comply and implement our health information exchange (HIE) data exchange to make protected patient health information more accessible.

SHARE is offering incentives to offset costs to hospitals and health systems for participating in the SHARE network by November 2020 and sharing data connections by April 2021.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finalized rules March 9, 2020, requiring major changes for payers and hospitals to provide patients unprecedented safe access to their own health information.

The rules address interoperability, information blocking, patient access to data and electronic health record (EHR) certification. In most cases, compliance calls for implementing significant data transparency requirements. CMS mandates hospitals and health systems to send admissions, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications as soon as possible.

Effective Spring 2021, hospitals must electronically send admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) alerts to community providers when patients are seen in the emergency department or admitted to, discharged, and/or transferred from the hospital to another community provider or practitioner. ADT alerts improve care quality and reduce readmissions.

SHARE ADT Notifications further help primary care providers keep track of patients during public health crises, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CMS is now requiring these hospitalization alerts as a condition of participation in Medicare and Medicaid. In addition, other time-sensitive requirements include: By May 1, 2021, hospitals must start sending ADT notifications to patients’ physicians. Payers have until July 1, 2021 to comply.

In late-2021, CMS will start publicly reporting the identity of clinicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals practicing information blocking (broadly defined as practices that are likely to interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage the access, exchange, or use of electronic health information).

Condition of Participation/Admission, Discharge & Transfer (ADT) Notifications

This rule requires hospitals, including psychiatric hospitals and critical access hospitals, to send notifications that must include at least a patient name, treating practitioner name and sending institution name. The health system will send notification at the time of registration at the emergency department; admission to the hospital’s inpatient services; the patient’s discharge or transfer from hospital’s emergency department; the patient’s discharge or transfer from hospital’s inpatient services. This requirement is effective May 1, 2021. SHARE already offers event notification services to its participants. This federal regulation is achieved by SHARE participants sending their ADT information to SHARE and SHARE delivering event notification service through (NexGen Healthcare Solutions, Mirth Connect).

To view the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, visit: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index

Post date: 2020-07-24T09:00:10-05:00

July 2020 Conway, Arkansas

“Providing rapid and secure access to previously unavailable patient information from Emergency Departments has really helped identify high risk patients” Donna Strickland, Administrator of Arkansas Pediatrics of Conway. This in turn allows us to meet the Medicaid PCMH program and Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN) metrics of tracking your high-priority beneficiaries, following up with patients within 10 days and knowing the high utilizers to the ED, whether it is a the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Ozark Health, Conway Regional Health System, Baptist Health, CHI St. Vincent or UAMS Health.

The Arkansas Pediatrics of Conway is a pediatric care physician office located in Conway, Arkansas.  The Arkansas Pediatrics of Conway has been part of central Arkansas for many years. They have (7) providers that include (4) MD, (3) APRN’s that see around ~9,000 patients. Why SHARE? Use of SHARE continues to help our clinical staff resolve challenges of having access to patient information when we need it. The ability to efficiently and securely access and exchange patient health data has long been a difficult challenge to resolve for Arkansas Pediatrics of Conway.

Now with the addition of new value-based incentives such as demonstrating many metrics in gap closure with the clinically integrated network- Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN), Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and similar, SHARE provides the clinical data when we need it.  Use of SHARE enables a collaborative environment between our healthcare providers in our area and surrounding hospitals to improve the effective and secure exchange of patient health information. Some of the benefits of using SHARE are to have the patient information flow into the patients’ chart from when a patient is admitted or discharged from a hospital. “Before SHARE we rarely had this information when the patient was seen by our provider”, stated Donna Strickland.

Arkansas Pediatrics of Conway is committed to providing comprehensive, family-centered, compassionate care to children and their families. We have four board-certified pediatricians and three nurse practitioners who see patients ages newborn through adolescence. In addition to providing well and sick childcare, our clinic is also equipped to meet more specialized needs. This includes the treatment of infectious diseases, asthma care, allergy evaluation and treatment, the management of adolescent patients, and the follow-up care of premature infants.

 Accessing critical patient information at the point of care using SHARE allows connecting patient encounters, which before was a fragmented healthcare system, where information was kept in silos has improved our clinic.

Clinicians and staff from Arkansas Pediatrics of Conway are focusing on quality improvement, strengthening physician relationships in their area of referrals, SHARE offers the technology and processes to enhance the quality of data we receive in real time. With 75 hospitals and over 1,800 provider practices across the state currently using SHARE to make critical health information accessible when and where needed in a HIPAA-compliant environment, connection to SHARE has brought a high value to their clinic than ever before.

About Arkansas Pediatrics of Conway

Arkansas Pediatrics of Conway is committed to providing comprehensive, family-centered, compassionate care to children and their families.  We have four board-certified pediatricians and three nurse practitioners who see patients ages newborn through adolescence.

In addition to providing well and sick childcare, our clinic is also equipped to meet more specialized needs. This includes the treatment of infectious diseases, asthma care, allergy evaluation and treatment, the management of adolescent patients, and the follow-up care of premature infants. Our clinic offers on-site lab and x-ray services and we see patients beginning at 8 am Monday through Friday.  We are accepting new patients up to age 16 and welcome the opportunity to serve you and your family!

Learn more at: http://arkansaspediatrics.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.

Learn More: https://www.accnconnect.org/arkansas-childrens-care-network/arkansas-childrens-care-network-home

Post date: 2020-07-22T09:00:05-05:00

“Connectivity to SHARE required little effort from our practice and will assist us in following up on our patients after an unfortunate ED or Inpatient visit by one of our Children.”  –Dr. Bryan Harvey, MD

July 2020 Rogers, Arkansas

Harvey Pediatrics in Rogers has experienced first-hand the value of using the Arkansas Health Information Exchange known as SHARE - the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange. This pediatric practice provides medical care for children ranging in age from birth to 21. The staff of four physicians, two nurse practitioners, two licensed clinical social workers and a support staff provides care for a patient population of over 8,000 pediatric patients in northwest Arkansas.

After joining SHARE the clinic began to use the web-based portal which allows the medical professionals to view their patients’ health records and direct-trust secure messaging which allows the clinic to communicate securely with other health care providers including Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW).  Harvey Pediatrics has also integrated their EMR system with SHARE and send Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT), diagnosis, allergies, medications, procedures, vitals, and continuity of care documents (CCDs) improving continuity of care in northwest Arkansas.

According to Misty Ross, CPPM, CMA (AAMA), Clinic Administrator “Having the pertinent details of active patient problems, labs, and medications without having to search through individual patient notes via fax as we did in the past, improves patient care and illustrates how SHARE can be used meaningfully.”  Misty said the connectivity to SHARE with our Office Practicum EMR system required little effort from the practice and has provided the clinic with the capability of using the key clinical information provided by SHARE to update their patients’ current problem list and document recent diagnoses that occur at connected hospitals and specialist.

 “Once appropriate details about the diagnosis or problem are recorded, such as quality, duration, timing, and complicating factors, the provider adds this to our Electronic Health Record. This allows the details and the diagnosis to be maintained at Harvey Pediatrics in the patients’ chart,” said Dr. Harvey who added that the clinic will continue to use SHARE to better coordinate patient care with other providers through our EMR interface with SHARE.

“SHARE has assisted us by identifying emergency department visits and inpatient stays of our patients that then trigger us to bring the children in within 10 days for follow-up, allowing us to meet the metric for the value-based incentive programs our clinic is part of as well as the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN), which the clinic is part of the statewide pediatric clinically integrated network (CIN),” said Dr. Harvey.  

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About Harvey Pediatrics

At Harvey Pediatrics, we consider it both a great joy and responsibility to care for children. Most of us are parents ourselves, so we strive to be understanding and available to the families we are privileged to serve. We are honored that you have chosen us as your child's primary medical provider and are confident that you will be pleased with the quality of care and service that we can provide you and your family.

A vital part of our service to children begins with our outstanding staff who works hard to manage and maintain a professional, caring, and supportive environment for our patients in a timely manner. Our doctors are lifelong learners. Not only have they received advanced medical training in pediatrics, they continually pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest in child health care.

Your child's health is as important to us as it is to you. We look forward to providing you with excellent medical care your child deserves.

Learn More: https://www.harveypediatrics.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.

Learn More: https://www.accnconnect.org/arkansas-childrens-care-network/arkansas-childrens-care-network-home

Post date: 2020-07-20T10:24:50-05:00

July 2020 Little Rock

Delta Memorial Hospital and Delta Health Services located in Dumas, Arkansas joins the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), the statewide health information exchange network that electronically connects Arkansas hospitals, physicians and clinicians to safely and securely exchange patient health information. Connecting to SHARE allows Delta Memorial Hospital and Delta Health Services to further augment its continuity of care while improving access to a patient’s information for diagnosis and treatment. Delta Memorial has integrated SHARE into its Health Information Exchange (HIE) application—Evident EMR System—to help improve patient safety and reduce potential medication and medical errors.

 “As one of the state’s leading critical access hospital systems in the Arkansas delta region, Delta Memorial Hospital is a valued member and further expands the SHARE Network’s reach throughout Arkansas. By connecting Delta Memorial Hospital to SHARE, its care delivery teams can more readily access comprehensive and up-to-date patient information both statewide and nationwide.” said Anne Santifer, Director, Office of Health Information Technology, a division of Arkansas Department of Health that oversees SHARE.

 Ashley Anthony, CEO of Delta Memorial Hospital, stated “Delta Memorial Hospital participation in the statewide health information exchange network will allow us to further improve quality and patient safety as we lead improvements in medicine,” said Anthony.

Through SHARE, providers at Delta Memorial Hospital and Delta Health Services can improve both direct care delivery and coordination by having ever-present access to clinical information, such as medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, medications, and allergies. Additionally, access is available to historical medical data on patients using the SHARE virtual health records allows for gap closures and reduction in potential readmissions. SHARE provides Delta Memorial Hospital 24-hour daily reports on all readmissions.

The 30-day readmission notification allows Delta Memorial 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. Delta Health Services Clinic also receives SHARE daily reports that make available to healthcare providers the most recent critical events, such as emergency department discharge and inpatient discharges, with patients within the last 24 hours regardless of insurance. This allow the hospital and clinic to focus on transitions of care and gap closures.

Staff members at Delta Memorial Hospital have already found that the HIE application tool helps them provide a more comprehensive patient experience. Carole Neely, Care Coordinator at Delta Health Services Clinic, shared her interactions with clinical staff at the clinic. “When I showed the triage nurse how to pull in the records for our patients’ pediatrician specialist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, she loved it. She was particularly excited about seeing the discharge summary in real-time. For patients moving or visiting other healthcare facilities, access to this information is invaluable.”

Delta Memorial Hospital is part of the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) comprised of 14 rural hospital members spanning South Arkansas. Together it continues to expand, nurture, and provide programs throughout the Partnership’s individual communities and the Arkansas Delta region. As part of the ARHP, Delta Memorial Hospital received a grant from Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield to integrate their EMR system to SHARE to improve quality in Desha County and surrounding communities in South Arkansas.

SHARE is helping to transform the quality of care for—and the health of—Arkansans and has successfully connected members, which are comprised of other state HIEs, hospital systems, physician groups, various specialist, and individual practitioners. The Network currently reaches counties across the entire state and has millions of patient records accessible to providers.

About Delta Memorial Hospital:

Delta Memorial Hospital began serving our community in 1949 as Desha County Hospital when a new healthcare facility was constructed at 300 Pickens Street in Dumas. The facility was licensed for 49 acute hospital beds.

In December of 1975 the Desha County Hospital Association was organized as a not-for-profit corporation to assume responsibility for the operation of the hospital. The organization is governed by a board of directors composed of citizens who reside in the hospital's service area. In July of 1983 the name of the corporation and hospital was changed to Delta Memorial Hospital.

Delta Memorial Hospital develops a Home Health Agency to address the skilled nursing care needs of area residents. The Home Health Agency is certified to participate in the Medicare Program in April 1991. In October 2005, Delta Memorial Hospital was certified as a Critical Access Hospital under the Medicare Conditions of Participation. Converting to a Critical Access Hospital required the hospital to reduce its licensed bed capacity to 25 acute/swing-beds.

In June of 2006, Delta Memorial Hospital relocated to a new healthcare facility at 811 South 65 Highway in Dumas. The building was constructed and is owned by the City of Dumas. The facility is leased by the hospital corporation for the purpose of providing health care services to area residents.

In May 2007, Delta Memorial Hospital develops a hospital owned group medical practice, Delta Health Services, to address the primary health care needs of area residents.

About ARHP+

Unifying Care, Transforming Communities.

Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) is a public nonprofit comprised of 14 rural hospital members spanning South Arkansas. Together it continues to expand, nurture and provide programs throughout the Partnership’s individual communities and the Arkansas Delta region.

Over the past decade, ARHP has grown from 5 to 14-member hospitals, obtained over $12M in grant funding, and successfully implemented and sustained 52 grant-funded programs across the 22-county rural service area. ARHP has become a reference point and model for rural health innovation and collaboration across the state and nation. ARHP’s outreach programs and services address the needs of our local communities. They are a direct result of listening to the communities and member organizations. Community health needs assessments conducted for each community hospital function as a foundation for all ARHP programs and services.

Post date: 2020-07-13T11:01:58-05:00

Dewitt Hospital, a critical access hospital in Arkansas County, and Ferguson Rural Health Clinic have activated the SHARE statewide health information exchange.

Dewitt Hospital and Ferguson Rural Health Clinic are accessing SHARE to enhance the communication between primary care, specialty care and acute care providers to support patients’ continuity of care. The critical access hospital and clinic, that use Azalea Health EMR system, will share episodic Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) data, discharge summaries, radiology reports, image narratives, laboratory results, prescribed medications and clinical procedures, to better support and inform care transitions to local community clinic providers.

“We’re excited to partner and connect with SHARE to support the community-wide care needs of Arkansas County patients,” said Brian Miller, CEO of Dewitt Hospital & Nursing Home.

Ferguson Rural Health Clinic is being notified when patients have an emergency department and/or inpatient discharge with 24-hour daily reports on all their patients. Ferguson Rural Health Clinic is also receiving a daily report on any patient that has a positive COVID 19 result in real-time.

A key factor for patient-centered delivery systems is socially, culturally effective, and responsive care that engages patients to best meet their health needs. Dewitt Hospital clinicians can use the SHARE HIE to access records documenting patients’ most recent encounters outside its network to help promote better informed continuity of care.

Many people, particularly those with chronic conditions, receive health services from a variety of providers, with no single provider responsible for coordinating all that care. SHARE’s HIE platform captures the wide breadth of health data across our fragmented delivery system including ED visits and community medical encounters to unify into one longitudinal record. As more healthcare organizations onboard, we are excited to see medical professionals increasingly use the data to inform and complete appropriate plans of care for their patients.

Dewitt Hospital is part of the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) comprised of 14 rural hospital members spanning South Arkansas. Together it continues to expand, nurture, and provide programs throughout the Partnership’s individual communities and the Arkansas Delta region. As part of the ARHP, Dewitt Hospital received a grant from Arkansas BCBS to integrate their EMR system to SHARE to improve quality in Arkansas County and surrounding communities in South Arkansas.

About Dewitt Hospital

As a 25-bed critical access hospital, we provide emergency and outpatient services for our area. Our mission is a commitment to the recruitment and development of qualified, responsible, and motivated individuals. We recognize the importance of each individual and his or her active participation in the success of the entire hospital organization. We are sensitive to the holistic needs of our patients and are dedicated to their satisfaction. In addition to our hospital, we operate a 60-bed nursing home, the Ferguson Rural Health Clinic, as well as an ambulance service; and a paramedic service which is operated locally.

Learn More at: https://www.dewitthealth.org/

Post date: 2020-06-04T13:43:00-05:00
  • 25+ Primary Care and Specialty Care clinics expand connections to seamlessly deliver continuity of care documents (CCDs) across the State for enhanced interoperability

Little Rock, Arkansas – June 2020    The only statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), announce our continued partnership with CHI St. Vincent that enables more efficient healthcare services for patients across the State of Arkansas. This expands connections to CHI St. Vincent by exchanging important information such as lab results, updated patient records and demographic information.

“The continued collaboration with SHARE will enable CHI St. Vincent to move forward with our mission ensuring a healthy future for those we serve, while excelling our system performance we advance personal and community health beyond our traditional acute care focus.” said Chad S. Aduddell, Chief Executive Officer, CHI St. Vincent.

Integrating with SHARE ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible. Physicians and surgeons at CHI St. Vincent will have access to the medical results for their patients in the SHARE database from multiple data sources. That will provide a broader picture of the care previously provided to Arkansas patients that are treated at their acute care hospital as well as for the Arkansas patients who have received treatment referral partners.

By enhancing the bi-directional data exchange connection with CHI St. Vincent clinics, including the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute, that use eClinicalWorks system to the statewide HIE network, health care providers participating in the clinically integrated network and referral partnerships 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 at the following newly integrated facilities:

As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and CHI St. Vincent are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts by having a truly interoperable health system that can work together to share patient results in real-time.

CHI St. Vincent continues to remain committed to delivering the highest quality of care for patients and the communities it serves while simultaneously driving efficiencies to address the challenges facing healthcare providers and ensuring a sustainable future for its healing ministry in Arkansas.

“The lines that define state borders have blurred greatly when it comes to health care,” said Anne Santifer, Director, SHARE. “Patients are frequently referred to a physician or specialist across a state line here in Arkansas. The inclusion of those medical results in the patient’s file – regardless of zip code – can raise the speed and efficiency with which a patient is treated and can even save lives,” Santifer said. We are very pleased to continue our partnership.

About CHI St. Vincent

CHI St. Vincent, a regional health network serving Arkansas, is part of Catholic Health Initiatives. We have served Arkansas since 1888 with a history of many firsts. Headquartered in Little Rock, our networks include primary care, specialty clinics, urgent care, hospitals, home health, rehabilitation, and surgery centers. Together with more than

4,500 coworkers, 1,000 medical staff, and 500 volunteers, we consistently receive praise for advancements in care. Our growing Medical Group includes more than 300 providers across almost every medical and surgical specialty.  For more information, visit: https://www.chistvincent.com

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Stay up to date on new developments we have at SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE), through our newsletter! You can view previous editions at:

http://www.sharearkansas.com/webform/newsletter

  

 

Post date: 2020-05-06T10:00:00-05:00

2020 is the Year of the Nurse, unfortunately it is also been the year of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, with nurses on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, it seems inappropriate to casually salute nurses with a Happy Nurses Week!

 

However, as we at the Office of Health Information Technology, Arkansas Department of Health thought about it, though the Year of the Nurse and Nurses Week 2020 are taking place during a more somber than expected time, this year really has shown the public nurses' capabilities. For the past 18 years, the public has ranked nurses as the No. 1 profession when it comes to honesty and ethics in Gallup's annual poll, so nurses have held the public's respect for almost two decades. But this year, nurses have gone above and beyond what the public imagines they do. They have had to change the way they function daily.

The COVID-19 pandemic is something no one imagined going through. Even though it is exhausting a times, we hope that someday we will ALL be able to look back and find a way this experience changed for healthcare for the positive.

We are not going to say, "Happy Nurses Week." Instead, we at the Office of Health Information Technology, Arkansas Department of Health are telling nurses:

  • You are strong.
  • You are amazing.
  • You are indispensable.
  • You are role models.
  • Thank you!

 

Post date: 2020-04-16T13:38:46-05:00

Important COVID-19 Information

SHARE remains fully operational during this pandemic and is providing uninterrupted data exchange for our customers and the healthcare community throughout Arkansas. We are working with our health information exchange participants, including the State of Arkansas​, on important monitoring, surveillance and care coordination initiatives to assist with this situation.

  • Our COVID-19 Lab Notifications service that brings alerts of test results to providers is available starting Monday April 20th, 2020 at no charge to qualified participants that are already receiving the 24 hour daily reports of ED and Inpatient Discharges.

 

  • For SHARE Virtual Health Record users, we are working with our hospital partners on the details of the results they are sending to SHARE.

 

  • We are working with our major reference lab providers to expand their data feeds to SHARE as well as working with Arkansas Department of Health Laboratory to receive results for the testing that they are providing.

Providers will receive an initial message that includes patients (identified by the attribution list provided to SHARE) that have had a positive COVID-19 test from the Arkansas Department of Health since the beginning of testing until the current date. The following reports will include the positive cases SHARE received from ADH within the last 24/48 hours.

For the safety of our employees, partners and customers, and to ensure that Arkansas’s care providers and first responders can do their important work as effectively as possible, we are promoting the best practices of social distancing. Our office remains fully functional online and via phone.

If you need assistance, please contact us at [email protected] or call our Help Desk at 1-855-742-7327.

                      

Post date: 2020-04-14T08:30:00-05:00

Better Interoperability for Better Healthcare

April 2020 --Little Rock, Arkansas        

The Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), a division of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) that oversees the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that Access Medical Clinic (25+) rural health clinics (RHC’s) are now using SHARE, one of the country’s most robust health information exchanges (HIE). Access Medical Clinic care teams to include a team of physicians, family nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other healthcare providers and support staff 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.  In addition, Access Medical Clinics are conducting COVID-19 testing on patients throughout rural Arkansas.

“Securely sharing health data across systems and regions is an important step in providing high-quality, low-cost healthcare,” said Dr. Bradley Bibb MD, CEO. “This link between SHARE and Access Medical Clinics provides a vital connection to health data for all patients throughout rural Arkansas.”

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows the clinics 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 Access Medical Clinic care team’s 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 being discharged, assisting the clinics in meeting value-based quality metrics.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use disparate EHR systems, including throughout  rural communities in Arkansas, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE will allow clinical staff to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics in their Athena EHR System. The care team can also now view the following patient data through SHARE’s and Athena interface, while also accessing historical patient health information through the SHARE Virtual Health Record (VHR) to include:

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

“This collaboration between Access Medical Clinics and SHARE ensures caregivers across rural Arkansas have access to accurate and timely information, including laboratory results and clinical care summaries, regardless of their location or the system they use to manage clinical medical records.” Skip Carter, COO, Access Medical Clinic

About Access Medical Clinic

Access Medical Clinic is a leading family practice providing a complete complement of care and treatment options for patients throughout Arkansas. With its dedicated team of physicians, family nurse practitioners, Physician Assistants, nurses and other healthcare providers and support staff, Access Medical Clinic is committed to helping every member of your family stay as healthy as possible at every age and every stage of life.

The clinics offers an array of medical care services, including routine and school physicals and other preventive care services, Medicare annual wellness visits, DOT physicals, pediatric well visits, women’s health visits, sports physicals, immunizations including flu and pneumonia vaccines, treatments of illnesses and injuries, and health screenings aimed at preventing disease. In addition, the clinic features an on-site laboratory for testing that’s both convenient and thorough. Walk-in visits for urgent care needs are also welcome.

Every member of the Access Medical Clinic team provides individualized care based on each patient’s unique medical needs and lifestyle factors, including age, for optimal health and wellness in patients of all ages, including pediatric patients and seniors. The clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest level of care in a relaxing, patient-centered environment.

Access Medical Clinic offers several convenient locations to serve both new and established patients and accepts most major insurance plans.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finalized rules March 9th, 2020 requiring major changes for payers and hospitals to provide patients unprecedented safe access to their own health information. The rules address interoperability, information blocking, patient access to data and electronic health record (EHR) certification. In most cases, compliance calls for implementing significant data transparency requirements.

CMS mandates that hospitals and health systems connect admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) systems ASAP. By the Spring of 2021, providers must electronically send ADT alerts to community providers when patients are seen in the emergency department or admitted to, discharged and/or transferred from the hospital to another community provider or practitioner.

This timeline is aggressive and appropriate. ADT alerts improve care quality and reduce readmissions. Notifications further help primary care providers keep track of patients during public health crises, most notably the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Now CMS is requiring these hospitalization alerts as a condition of participation in Medicare and Medicaid: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index.

Additional time-sensitive requirements include:

Hospitals must start sending ADT notifications to patients’ physicians in a little more than six months. Payers have until the end of the year.

CMS will start publicly reporting the identity of clinicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals “information blocking” in Spring 2021.

Many health plans will need to start sharing claims, cost and health information electronically with patients. Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and qualified health plans must make enrollee data immediately accessible.

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is prepared to support healthcare providers throughout Arkansas and border Hospitals. We are ready to help participants comply with the final rules and implement our HIE date exchange to make protected patient health information more interoperable.

We are offering incentives (NO Implementation Costs) to offset costs hospitals and health systems for participating in the SHARE network sharing ADT notifications by September 2020.

Interested organizations can contact:

Office of Health Information Technology, a Division of Arkansas Department of Health

State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE)

Email: [email protected]

Call: 501.410.1999

Admission, Discharge, and Transfer Event Notifications: CMS is modifying Conditions of Participation (CoPs) to require hospitals, including psychiatric hospitals and CAHs, to send electronic patient event notifications of a patient’s admission, discharge, and/or transfer to another healthcare facility or to another community provider or practitioner. This will improve care coordination by allowing a receiving provider, facility, or practitioner to reach out to the patient and deliver appropriate follow-up care in a timely manner. This policy will be applicable 6 months after publication of this rule.

To view the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, visit https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index.

Post date: 2020-04-01T09:00:00-05:00

To all our healthcare heroes in Arkansas and in the nation

We Thank You!

It is hard to put into words the emotions we are all experiencing as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our communities, our work and our daily lives have been upended.

During this challenging period of the coronavirus outbreak, we at the Office of Health Information Technology, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) would like to say Thank you to all healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, patient care assistants, ambulance drivers and paramedics, the cleaning teams, all those working in hospitals and clinics and all those unseen who are working around the clock to keep us safe.

We stand alongside you and salute you! You are our heroes!  A big THANK YOU for your hard work.  We admire your resilience and selflessness.

Post date: 2020-02-20T16:11:51-06:00

Little Rock Pediatric Clinic has integrated their Greenway EMR system, sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs), with the only statewide health information exchange (HIE). Little Rock Pediatric Clinic is part of the continued connection of independent pediatric practices to integrate their EMR systems with the SHARE network. Access to SHARE will give their care team secure access to important health information such as, continuity of care documents (CCDs), laboratory results, updated patient records, discharge summaries, medication histories and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their health records are more secure and accessible. With access to the SHARE exchange, we’ll see the big picture with our patients,” says Jo Lynne Varner, Office Manager at the practice. “Patients and parents won’t have to worry about remembering every detail for a pediatric visit, from a recent hospitalization at Arkansas Children’s Hospital for example, because their doctors and care team will have all the information they need.”

Through this connection to SHARE, Little Rock Pediatric Clinic team will have a holistic view of a patient’s health results at the point of care. They will have access to SHARE’s 24-Hour Daily Reports on their patients when patients are admitted/discharged from emergency room and inpatient discharges. Also, by having access to the SHARE Virtual Health Record (VHR) it will enable a more accurate diagnoses in looking at historical data encouraging faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient. Little Rock Pediatric Clinic is also part of the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN) that is the nation’s first statewide pediatric Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) to help measurably elevate the quality of health care for kids in Arkansas, which SHARE also partners with. This selective physician-led partnership of providers collaborate to deliver evidence-based care, improve quality, efficiency, coordination of care, and demonstrate value to the market.

As the health care landscape continues to transform, HIEs continue to play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and Little Rock Pediatric Clinic are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives, assisting with high-risk patients and identifying potential social determinants of health.

About Little Rock Pediatric Clinic

Founded in 1961, Little Rock Pediatric Clinic is a thriving and progressive medical practice providing exceptional care for children from birth until age 18.  They currently have 8 providers available for well-child check-ups, immunizations, school physicals, and the inevitable sick visits.  Those providers include: Dr. Fred Levin ; Dr. Cheryl Ahart; Dr. Chad Rodgers; Dr. Joshua some O’Neill; Dr. Aaron Strong; Dr. Catherine Robben; Dr. Natalie Burr; and Jennifer Murphree, APRN.  They see newborns at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock and refer patients to Arkansas Children’s Hospital when inpatient care is needed.   Find out more about LRPC: https://www.littlerockpediatricclinic.com/

Post date: 2020-02-18T09:14:21-06:00

Connected Care = Better Care

by Mark T. Jansen Special to the Democrat-Gazette | 2/14/2020 at 2:49 a.m.

I'm a country doctor at heart. For nearly three decades, it was my great privilege to serve as a family physician to people who live in the communities that make up the largely rural greater Arkadelphia area.

So when I learned Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield was investing in creating a better informed and more connected health-care delivery system in south Arkansas, I could not help but smile. I know firsthand how much it will mean to my colleagues who practice there ... and to the patients who trust them with their care.

Things have changed a lot since I first began practicing, back in 1984. Rural Arkansas has changed a great deal--and so has health care.

Communities that were thriving 20-30 years ago have dwindled. As the economy has changed, many major employers, primarily in the manufacturing sector, have left the areas that once depended on them. The younger population has moved away, seeking opportunities elsewhere. This has left many communities with a remnant of older and poorer residents who have fewer resources (including transportation) and more health challenges.

Health care in rural Arkansas has changed, too. The hospitals that once served small towns and farming communities are struggling to survive. And while it's true that health care is much better than it was back when state-of-the-art technology was an X-ray machine, it's also true that it's now much more financially challenging for rural hospitals to acquire and maintain the sophisticated equipment required to offer the high-tech services patients now have come to view as "basic"--even as the number of inpatients they serve continues to shrink. Some rural hospitals (which can be as dear to a community's identity as a local church or school) have even closed their doors.

As for physicians, small-town Arkansas has always had a shortage. But now, the deficit is even more sharply felt. The same goes for nurses and support staff (technicians, etc.). With reduced talent pools, it's getting harder for small-town hospitals to attract the highly trained and skilled health-care professionals they need.

And, as always, the remoteness of rural areas still poses the same problems it did years ago. Distance has always been an obstacle to health care, where minutes matter and delays can spell disaster. Fortunately, however, we now have tools that can help bridge the gaps of miles, time and knowledge.

That's what systems like SHARE (the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange) can do. An Arkansas Blue Cross donation of $817,816 is making it possible for the 14 member hospitals of the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, along with 108 affiliated clinics, to join and fully participate in SHARE. The money covers membership costs, system interfaces and technical support.

But how will this investment make the south Arkansas health-care system better? That's an easy one to answer: quick access to detailed health information from virtually anywhere in the region.

When it comes to health care, timely and accurate information is the blood supply, and this system is like a virtual transfusion that can be accessed at the touch of a button.

The ability for a physician to have a working knowledge of all aspects of a patient's care "in the moment" is absolutely priceless. This allows physicians to be fully up to speed on a patient's condition and treatment history the minute they walk in the exam room. It also avoids reliance on a patient's memory or willingness to share the whole story. If a patient gets the facts 50 percent right, there's a good chance my treatment plan will be 50 percent wrong.

Patients can take comfort in knowing information about their care travels with them whether they are at their family doctor's office in Rison or when they see a cardiologist in Pine Bluff.

But SHARE also can help reduce the risk of duplication of services or procedures such as high-tech imaging.

CT scans are a great example. If I can see you've recently had a CT scan in the next town down the road, I won't order one. I'll hop on the computer and look at the one you just had done. Getting a CT scan is roughly equal to having 200 chest X-rays. If I am armed with your history, I can still devise an effective treatment plan and protect you from unnecessary exposure to radiation at the same time.

This connectivity benefits individuals, but it also can help us identify community-specific or regional health challenges and opportunities by analyzing the rich, centralized store of data it creates. We can use these insights to develop strategies to improve the health and quality of life of local communities or even the entire region

Investments like this one are absolutely essential to the future sustainability of the health-care delivery system in the more rural and medically underserved areas of our state. But this is only the beginning.

We must add to it a greater use of remotely delivered assessment and care through technologies such as telemedicine.

And we must be on the lookout for more ways technology can help future generations of country doctors deliver the first-rate, personally tailored care their patients deserve.

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Mark T. Jansen, M.D., is vice president and chief medical officer of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Editorial on 02/14/2020

Post date: 2020-01-29T10:10:41-06:00

Jan. 2020 | Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has awarded $817,000 to the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership to help South Arkansas hospitals and clinics improve how they exchange patient information and ensure better continuity of care during patient transfers.

The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership is a nonprofit organization made up of 14 hospital members and 108 hospital-owned or affiliated clinics in the southern region of the state. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) supports and works closely with the partnership on professional health education and public health issues.

While some of the partnership’s hospitals and their clinics participate 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), none of them have been able to fully participate in the exchange because of the high costs of full membership. Several member hospitals currently are only participating at the minimal level and three member hospitals are not sharing data at all.

The one-year grant will help them participate at the highest level. In addition, SHARE will provide ARHP hospitals and health care providers with real-time patient results that will help them identify clinical strengths and areas that might need improvement. SHARE’s daily reports will make available to ARHP health care providers a 24-hour snapshot of critical events (such as emergency room visits and inpatient discharges).

SHARE lets users transmit and exchange clinical 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, other providers can send clinical information instantly, so providers have it before the patients arrive.

SHARE’s 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. SHARE’s mission is to improve the delivery, coordination and quality of health care throughout Arkansas through the statewide use of health information technology and clinical data exchange.

“It is imperative our member hospitals be fully prepared for value-based care,” said Mellie Bridewell, the partnership’s CEO and a UAMS regional director of strategy, management and administration. “They must be able to share and have access to patient data as well as have the support of a system that can assist them with compiling and collecting the data to use in treating their patients. Without this assistance, our small rural hospitals will not be able to financially survive the changes ahead.”

New value-based care models for payment to health care providers are driving a shift to population health approaches that focus on prevention, improved chronic disease management and wellness activities and away from the traditional fee-for-service model.

The donation from Arkansas Blue Cross will pay for the costs of upgrading equipment and annual dues for its member hospitals and clinics to participate fully in the exchange. There is no funding mechanism to assist rural hospitals and clinics with the annual costs of participating in SHARE.

“Making sure doctors and hospitals in all areas of the state have the information they need to treat their patients is critical to overall quality. And we believe that all stakeholders have a role to play in making the health care delivery system more effective and sustainable for the people we serve,” said Curtis Barnett, president and CEO of Arkansas Blue Cross. “We also know that we produce better results when we work collaboratively. To that end, Arkansas Blue Cross is embracing current and emerging technologies as a key strategy to use information more effectively to create a healthier Arkansas. We are confident this grant will bring us a step closer to that goal.”

The partnership has been successful in obtaining grants and donations to support their member hospitals and clinics with quality improvement initiatives and care coordination. It also has plans for population health projects in 2020 and for assisting its members with digital health technology to expand these opportunities.

Post date: 2020-01-22T08:43:41-06:00

 

Let's start at the beginning! Did you know that the term "health information exchange" is used to refer to two distinct concepts interchangeably?

The verb "health information exchange" refers to the act of moving health-related information electronically among multiple organizations within a region, community, or hospital system, while a "Health Information Exchange" (HIE) is a noun referring to a formal entity providing a set of services that enable the collection and sharing of a patient's information among participating organizations.

The ability to exchange health information electronically is the foundation of efforts to transform the healthcare system.

Post date: 2020-01-08T11:21:04-06:00

 

Mainline Health Systems, Inc. has expanded into Warren and Bradley County staffed by Dr. Kerry Pennington and Dr. Joe Wharton. The clinic has a staff of more than 25 including APRN's Tammy Green, Karen Richardson and Heath Reep. The clinic provides primary medical care, lab services, x-ray services, case management and eventually integrated behavioral services. SHARE is excited to be fully integrated with Mainline Health Systems- Warren receiving Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) through our eClinical Works EMR interface.

Mainline Health Systems- Warren Clinic will also start using SHARE’s 24-hour daily reports alerting the providers and care managers when their patients are seen at the ED and have an inpatient discharge in real-time.

About Mainline Health Systems

Mainline Health Systems is a non-profit organization. They have provided affordable medical and dental care for the residents of Southeast Arkansas since 1978. From their first office in Portland all those years ago, Mainline Health Systems has grown to 18 locations serving Arkansas residents in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Drew, and Lincoln counties.

Every year, their healthcare professionals treat thousands of patients who either have no insurance or not enough insurance to cover essential health services. They will never deny care to those in need. Their mission is to provide compassionate, quality care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Their financial assistance programs ensure that everyone in their communities who require medical or dental care can receive it.

Mainline Health Systems is Committed to their Communities

Post date: 2020-01-06T14:01:54-06:00

Little Rock- The Arkansas Department of Health's (ADH) network of Local Health Units (LHU) is now using the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), one of the country's largest and most robust health information exchanges (HIE). LHUs can now access clinical information across participating entities for patients who have authorized sharing their medical information, allowing clinics to have accurate and up to date results for their patients.

There are 93 clinics across the state, including at least one in every county in the state. They provide prenatal care, family planning, annual exams, maternity care, breast care, immunizations, sexually transmitted disease testing and community outreach.

"As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs continue to play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and the ADH Local Health Units are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives, assisting with high-risk patients and identifying potential social determinants of health," said Anne Santifer, Executive Director of the Office of Health Information Technology.

In Arkansas, where many health systems use disparate EHR systems, this is a particularly important milestone. SHARE will allow Local Health Unit providers access to a variety of test results and medical records as well as discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics within their Greenway EMR System. The following patient data can be viewed through SHARE's Virtual Health Record (VHR):

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer Data
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographics and Insurance Information
  • Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • Progress Notes

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows better coordination with hospitals, specialists, and referral partners. Clinics will be able to see more robust picture of their patient's medical histories, ensuring an efficient and safe continuity of care.

SHARE's VHR display information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. VHR retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered form all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient's health history.

SHARE's continued mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the Arkansas healthcare community by increasing real-time patient data results in the HIE when doctors, providers and care teams need it.

Post date: 2019-12-09T11:42:24-06:00

You can view a printable pdf and subscribe to the SHARE Newsletter here.

 

  

Post date: 2019-12-05T08:00:00-06:00

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that Dr. Randy Walker Family Practice & Allergy Clinic is now using SHARE, one of the country’s most robust health information exchanges (HIE). Dr. Walker’s care team is 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.

“The information in SHARE is so helpful to our practice. We have patients come into the office that can’t remember where they had lab/radiology work done. Utilizing the SHARE system, my staff logs onto SHARE, types in the patient’s name and we can see where the patient had reports done. It really does help us from having to call around and track down that information, said Dr. Randy Walker MD.”

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows the clinic 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 being discharged, assisting the clinic in meeting value-based quality metrics.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use disparate EHR systems, including in Southwest Arkansas, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE will allow Dr. Walker’s staff to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics in their eClinical Works (eCW) EHR System. The care team 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

 

 “I’m hoping that the SHARE exchange will continue to grow. Because as the system expands, physicians will come to realize it’s a much more efficient way to access health records and, because of this efficiency, saves time and money, said Angie Walker, Office Manager.”

About Dr. Randy Walker Family Practice & Allergy Clinic:

Dr. Walker is a Board-certified Family Practice Physician with an exceptional healthcare team, who are all dedicated to providing their patients and families with the best medical care possible.  Their office strives to know their patients well, as their health and well-being depends on a partnership between the patient, physician and healthcare team. They are a Multi-Specialty Clinic offering many services to their patients, some of which are listed below.

  • Adult & Pediatric Allergy
  • X-Ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Spirometry
  • EKG
  • Fracture Care & Casting
  • Joint Injections
  • Holter Monitor
  • Minor Skin Lacerations
  • Wound Care
  • DOT Physicals
  • Drug Screens
  • Consortium Testing
  • Employment & Pre-Employment Physicals
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Auto Accident
  • Laboratory Testing
  • EPSD

 

Dr. Randy Walker - Clinic Info

1553 W. Collin Raye Drive

De Queen, AR 71832

Clinic Phone Number: (870) 584-3000

Fax: (870) 584-3003

https://www.drrandywalker.com/

 

Weekly Clinic Hours, including after hours and weekends:

7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday-Saturday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday

Post date: 2019-12-02T08:00:00-06:00

November 2019 --Little Rock, Arkansas        

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that East Arkansas Family Health Centers (EAFHC) are now using SHARE, one of the country’s largest and most robust health information exchanges (HIE). EAFHC 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.

EAFHC provides comprehensive primary and preventive health care services appropriate for the population served at each of their health centers. They offer medical, dental, pharmaceutical, ophthalmology, laboratory, radiology, and transportation services. They also provide preventive health screenings, diabetes and cardiovascular wellness, nutrition classes, HIV/AIDS care, and behavioral health assessments. They are located in Crittenden, Poinsett, Mississippi, and Phillips counties, with a total of seven primary care medical offices, three school-based clinics and an HIV/AIDS care center. At East Arkansas Family Health Center (EAFHC), they make dental care easy and affordable for their patients and families in the Arkansas Delta and so patients  get the care they deserve. This is why they also offer on-site dental services at their West Memphis, Blytheville, Earle, Helena, Lepanto, and Trumann offices.

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 EAFHC providers to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics in their eClinical Works (eCW) EHR System. EAFHC care teams across four 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

 

 “With access to the SHARE exchange, we’ll see the big picture with our patients. If they’ve been to the hospital or seen a specialist since our last visit, updated test results and notes will be right there in their records,” said East Arkansas Family Health Center’s Chief Executive Officer Susan Ward-Jones, M.D., a practicing physician with the group. “Patients won’t have to worry about remembering every detail for a primary care visit because their doctors will have all the information they need.”

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows EAFHC 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 EAFHC 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 EAFHC to access the exchange to better coordinate with providers and patients in Arkansas.  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.

About East Arkansas Family Health Centers

East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc. (EAFHC) is a nonprofit, Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)-deemed organization serving the residents of Crittenden, Poinsett, Mississippi, and Phillips counties. Since their inception in 1974, EAFHC has been an integral part of the regional health delivery network in eastern Arkansas. They currently have seven primary care clinic sites, three school-based clinic sites in Crittenden, Poinsett, Mississippi, and Phillips counties, on the eastern edge of Arkansas, as well as an AIDS care center in Crittenden County. Their staff is committed to providing the highest quality of care and excellent customer service to their patients.

In 2017, EAFHC was recognized as a "Health Center Quality Leader" by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), and six of their seven primary care clinics are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a patient-centered medical home (West Memphis, Earle, Blytheville, Helen, Lepanto, and Trumann). Their mission is to provide accessible, comprehensive, quality health care to communities, one patient at a time. Since 1974, EAFHC has maintained this mission and continues to provide quality health care to all types of patients. With their patient-centered medical home model, EAFHC provides a full range of primary medical care and dental services. Our providers treat patients of all ages – from newborns to geriatrics – working with them to develop comprehensive treatment plans that emphasize wellness and prevention.

In addition to medical and dental services, EAFHC offers support services that focus on helping patients maintain compliance with their treatment plans. These support services include case management, nutrition counseling, prescriptive diet and exercise programs, and extensive health education programs.

Post date: 2019-11-19T09:00:00-06:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – November, 2019          

Arkansas Primary Care and North Little Rock Primary Care & Diagnostic Clinic have connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). SHARE is the only statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

Arkansas Primary Care and North Little Rock Primary Care & Diagnostic Clinic is committed to delivering high-quality care in a professional and caring environment to improve the health and well-being of their patients. By connecting with SHARE, Arkansas Primary Care and North Little Rock Primary Care & Diagnostic Clinic expects to further this commitment by exchanging information more efficiently with referring physicians and providing their doctors, nurses and healthcare teams with the patient information they need at the point of care with integrating their EMR system (eCW) with SHARE in the near future.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports on all their patients, regardless of insurance provider, when they are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real-time.

“We are pleased to have Arkansas Primary Care and North Little Rock Primary Care & Diagnostic Clinic connected to SHARE, said Anne Santifer, executive director of SHARE. “This connection helps facilitate the seamless and secure exchange of patient health information with Arkansas health systems, hospitals and physicians. This delivers substantial benefits for our patients, referring physicians and the Arkansas Primary Care and North Little Rock Primary Care & Diagnostic Clinic practices, said Clinic Director Derek Lewis II.”

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 enables both clinics to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals. Dr. Derek Lewis, MD and care team can now view the following patient data through SHARE Interface:

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

SHARE aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

About Arkansas Primary Care and North Little Rock Primary Care & Diagnostic Clinic:

Since 1987, Dr. Derek Lewis and the Arkansas Primary Care Clinics have remained committed to quality care for patients across the state of Arkansas. We take pride in staying current with the latest healthcare developments, implementing innovative technologies, and being a leader in primary healthcare and clinical trials research. Our medical staff is dedicated to caring for every spectrum of your primary healthcare needs.

Today, with two convenient locations in the Central Arkansas, APCC continues to expand the size and scope of its practice. Many patients prefer our Little Rock and North Little Rock locations for easy access to both our clinics as well as local hospitals such Baptist Health Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital. Our offices feature a comprehensive patient treatment area and dedicated staff striving for excellent patient care. If the need should arise for more interventional care, such as requiring specialists or surgeries etc., we refer to some of the best physicians and hospitals in the Central Arkansas area, while coordinating with them to achieve improvements in your health status.

Locations

LITTLE ROCK

Arkansas Primary Care Clinic, P.A.

6209 West 12th Street

Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK

North Little Rock Primary Care & Diagnostic Clinic

400 West Pershing Blvd

North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114

 

Learn more about them at;

http://arkansasprimarycare.com/

Post date: 2019-10-18T09:22:39-05:00

Little Rock,  Arkansas  October  2019  The  State  Health  Alliance  for Records Exchange (SHARE) announces a continued partnership with St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center in a groundbreaking move, allowing for secure sharing of patient medical records with other SHARE connected physicians and providers throughout Pocahontas, Arkansas and surrounding communities.

St. Bernards Five Rivers is the only one in the state of Arkansas to receive gold level quality for excellence in both stroke and heart attack according to Best Hospitals by U.S. News, 2019 rankings.  Patients of St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center will benefit from a higher quality of care as a result of this connection. Now caregivers, family doctors, emergency room physicians, specialists, pharmacies and long-term care facilities can have secure, HIPAA-compliant access to patient records in real time as a SHARE participant.

SHARE is integrated with both hospitals’ electronic health record (EHR) system, MEDHOST. They are now sending admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information and laboratory results to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.   SHARE is also assisting the hospital with their syndromic surveillance and electronic lab public health reporting to the Arkansas Department of Health Registries.

Also, SHARE is assisting in real-time 30-day readmissions. The 30-day readmission notification project allows St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center to receive a secure message notification when a patient discharged from their facility is readmitted into any SHARE participating hospital within a 30-day timeframe.

SHARE also alerts referral primary care providers when their patients have been to the emergency room or had an inpatient discharge in a real-time 24-hour daily report. SHARE also routes the laboratory results that have been performed at the hospital to their referral providers throughout their community.  The hospital and clinics’ care teams also are accessing SHARE’s Virtual Health Record (VHR) which aggregates patients records outside of their system of Medhost and Athena EMR system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

They can now view the following historical patient data through SHARE’s VHR:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications, Demographic and Insurance Information
  • Laboratory results, Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries, Continuity of Care Documents, Progress Notes and Vitals

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 providers and care teams need it.

About St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center

Five Rivers Medical Center first opened its doors on October 23, 1950 as Randolph County Memorial Hospital. The idea for a hospital in the county, was born out of the Pocahontas Kiwanis Club and was fulfilled after the land was donated by Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Baltz Sr. From 1950 until 1980, the hospital was located at the current location of Randolph County Nursing Home on Hospital Drive. The hospital opened with 32 beds which was outgrown quickly. In 1972, an additional 10 beds were added to aid with the rapid expansion of services provided.

The hospital’s current location was opened in 1980 and was licensed for 50 beds and the name was changed to Randolph County Medical Center.  At that time, it included an OB and Nursery as well as three large surgical Suites. In August 1992, the Senior Care Unit went into operation.   Television and Radio star Art Linkletter attended the opening ceremonies. Since opening, the Senior Care program has served over 4000 patients and conducted free screenings for over 6000. In December 2000, the four-bed emergency room was updated to a state-of-the-art seven-bed emergency department.

In 2007, the hospital’s name was changed to Five Rivers Medical Center due to new City Ownership. In 2011, the Arkansas Department of Health Trauma Section awarded the Emergency Room with a Level 4 Trauma Designation. Also, in 2011, the Emergency Room became affiliated with the UAMS AR Saves Stroke Care program. This program allows the ER to be connected with a Neurologist quickly via Telemedicine should a patient present with Stroke symptoms.

In 2019, Five Rivers Medical Center became St. Bernards Five Rivers after the health system began leasing the facility. St. Bernards Five Rivers currently offers acute inpatient care, intensive care, emergency services, diagnostics and radiology, surgery, and IV therapy, as well as rehabilitation services and senior behavioral health care in Pocahontas, Arkansas.

Learn more about St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center:  https://www.stbernards.info/stbernards_five_rivers

Post date: 2019-10-03T08:00:00-05:00
  • Connected to region’s first and only sub-specialty children’s hospital clinic, that offers easy access to complete pediatric healthcare in Northeast Arkansas
  • Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) are being shared with referral providers ranging from Neurosurgery to Fetal Cardiology

October 2019 Little Rock, Arkansas.   The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is proud to partner with Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic that is now sending data to Arkansas’ only Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).  Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic offers easy access to complete pediatric healthcare.  Northeast Arkansas has the third-largest concentration of children in the state with approximately 36 children per square mile. Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic saves approximately 700,000 minutes of patient travel time to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock each year.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic is sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) that include: Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries, Vitals, Allergies, Diagnosis and Conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic wants healthier kids in Northeast Arkansas. Their 18-specialty clinic offers a full-time neurologist and cardiologist, so patients have easy access to specialty care from doctors who are focused on caring for kids. This kind of dedicated, specialized pediatric care can make all the difference for you and your child. Stay close and let them play a little longer.

 

18+ Specialties in One Location

 

About Arkansas Children’s

Arkansas Children's, Inc. is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' 710,000 children and transforming the health of children throughout the region. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Additionally, ACH is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in five pediatric subspecialties (2019-2020): Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology.

ACH is one of only five hospitals in the nation that have achieved Magnet Status, ACS Level 1 verification and a Beacon award from the American Association of Critical- Care Nurses. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, opened in Springdale in early 2018. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can fundamentally transform the health of children in Arkansas and beyond.

To learn more, visit www.archildrens.org

Post date: 2019-09-26T08:00:00-05:00

 

Seven federal-qualified community health center sites will now have access to real-time electronic patient data to better serve their patient population in Central Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas – September 2019   

Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc. (JCCSI) is a large group of seven federally qualified health centers (FQHC), throughout Central Arkansas. All seven JCCSI locations have connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). SHARE is the only statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

JCCSI is committed to delivering high-quality care in a professional and caring environment to improve the health and well-being of their patients. By connecting with SHARE, JCCSI expects to further this commitment by exchanging information more efficiently with referring physicians and providing their doctors, nurses and health care teams with the patient information they need at the point of care.

JCCSI’s seven locations are now live with SHARE, which features a robust patient search functionality that lets providers quickly, query and response mechanism, access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more. This includes records such as continuity of care documents (CCDs), medical histories, previous diagnoses, lab tests, vitals, progress report notes, medications and allergies. Through this integration with their eClinicalWorks (eCW) electronic medical record (EMR) system, JCCSI queries SHARE for any patient data outside of their local EMR environment.  Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports on all their patients, regardless of insurance provider, when they are admitted and discharged from any connected hospital’s emergency department and inpatient discharges in real-time.  

JCCSI moved its Open Hand Center to the Jericho Way Resource Center located at 3000 Springer Blvd Little Rock, Arkansas. The new site offers the homeless population more access to quality health care because of its proximity to the resource center.  With this new partnership, JCCSI will be able to safely exchange patient medical records with any organization on the SHARE system, which will help improve care coordination and lead to better health outcomes.

“Together, we will have the opportunity to turn health data into actionable information for providers. We aim to improve care quality throughout Arkansas, “said Anne Santifer, SHARE Executive Director.

Health care organizations are often siloed and face challenges such as faxing medical records and viewing limited or incomplete patient records. SHARE’s technology is changing that by securely exchanging data between participants; as a result, physicians and care teams will have instant access to patient medical records.

About Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc. (JCCSI)

Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc. (JCCSI) was incorporated in 1972 as a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the provision of comprehensive health care services. In 1973, the corporation established its first clinic in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Throughout its existence, JCCSI has increased access to health services in both rural and urban areas by developing additional clinics in Altheimer, College Station, Little Rock, Redfield and North Little Rock, AR.  JCCSI is a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Deemed, organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. At least 51% of the board must be consumers of their services. The board members reside in the communities they serve.

“The mission of JCCSI is to provide high quality, accessible primary health care and social services to all patients, especially to vulnerable and special populations, such as the homeless and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.”

Learn more about JCCSI: http://www.jccsi.org/

 

Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Locations

Post date: 2019-09-24T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas   September 2019

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announces a continued partnership McGehee Hospital in an innovative move that allows the secure sharing of patient medical records with other SHARE connected physicians and providers in the Arkansas delta region of McGehee.

The continued partnership with McGhee Hospital allows for the secure flow of McGehee Hospital patient data to SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE). This connection also includes the McGehee Family Clinic. Health care providers in Desha County and neighboring counties can securely access medical records through SHARE. Patient records are available around the clock and in real-time, enhancing patient care in the delta region. Patients of McGehee Hospital and McGehee Family Clinic benefit from a higher quality of care as a result of this connection. Now caregivers, family doctors, emergency room physicians, specialists, pharmacies and long-term care facilities can have secure, HIPAA-compliant access to patient records in real time as a SHARE participant.

SHARE is integrated with hospital and clinic electronic health record (EHR) systems, CPSI. They are sending admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, discharge summaries, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care. 

SHARE is also assisting in real-time 30-day readmissions. The 30-day readmission notification project allows the hospital 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.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time.  The care teams are also accessing clinical information across participating entities for patients who have authorized sharing their medical information through SHARE’s Virtual Health Record and Secure Messaging.

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows significant access to better coordination with hospitals, specialists and behavioral health providers across the state to see a more robust picture of their patients’ medical histories, engendering efficient and safe continuity of care.  By accessing the Virtual Health Record (VHR), it displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. The VHR retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history.

McGehee Hospital and Clinic can view the following patient data through SHARE’s VHR:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographic and Insurance information
  • Laboratory results and Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries, Continuity of Care Documents and Progress Notes
  • Immunizations and Vitals

Not all technology improves patient care–that’s why SHARE focuses on providing only the data McGehee Hospital and McGehee Family Clinic needs and have the right tools to integrate with their workflow and systems, meaning they save time and can focus on what matters most…the patient.

About McGehee Hospital and McGehee Family Clinic

The McGehee community benefits daily from the success of the Share the Pride campaign. The hospital is modern and well-equipped. The McGehee Family Clinic is open weekdays Monday-Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Friday from 8 am to noon.  At the clinic, McGehee residents continue to experience convenient one-stop healthcare, low wait time and superior personal care. New programs to help those with chronic illnesses are in development. The new clinic has a direct $2.4 million economic impact on the community. Learn more about McGehee Hospital and McGehee Family Clinic:  http://www.mymcgeheehospital.org

Post date: 2019-09-23T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – September 2019

Jefferson Regional is a large hospital system in the heart of Pine Bluff, Arkansas that is connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE).  Through their integration with their Allscripts electronic health record (EHR) system, Jefferson Regional is currently sending admission, discharge and transfer (ADT), laboratory results and radiology results to SHARE.  

Jefferson Regional is expanding their connection by sharing continuity of care documents (CCDs) by querying SHARE for any patient data outside of their local EHR environment. The sophisticated querying of the health information exchange (HIE) brings in patient health data from outside their hospital and clinic’s system in a single continuity of care document to help manage their patients.

This patient data will include admission, discharge and transfer data, lab results, radiology reports, immunizations, progress notes, pathology reports, discharge summaries, medications, emergency room visits and vitals.  From this one customized, easy-to-use interface, Jefferson Regional will be able to manage their patients’ clinical care better. SHARE is the only statewide HIE in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

Being a hospital health system doesn’t mean things are simpler. They deal with the same complexities and changes facing the health care industry, often with fewer resources to help adapt. Connecting to SHARE’s fully integrated clinical solution makes it easy for Jefferson Regional to reach a new level in care delivery.

One of SHARE’s primary goals is to provide the right data, to the right provider at the right time to reform the health care delivery system. SHARE provides a patient-centric solution that allows providers to view the medical records of patients across the range of care. With a patient’s consent, doctors at hospitals, emergency departments, nursing homes or provider offices can look up medical records from any participating organization. SHARE can immediately alert doctors when their patient is in the emergency room or admitted to the hospital.

To better track and securely share patient’s complete medical histories, more and more health care physicians and hospitals are participating in health information exchange. HIE’s helps facilitate coordinated patient care, reduce duplicative treatments and avoid costly mistakes. This hospital system is growing in mid-South Arkansas in the western edge of the Arkansas Delta, because the need for HIE is clear and the HIE benefits are significant. A few examples of HIE benefits include:

  • Improve patient safety by reducing medication and medical errors;
  • Increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary paperwork and handling;
  • Eliminate redundant or unnecessary testing;
  • Improve healthcare quality and outcomes; and reduce health related costs.

SHARE securely collects clinical data from providers’ EHRs, aggregates the data, indexes it and catalogs it by type. That data includes patient events, such as emergency department or hospital admissions, doctor notes, laboratory results, radiology reports, medications and care summaries. It then makes this data available to treating providers. HIEs provide a secure statewide network of a patient’s clinical data, saving time and money while proving the best care possible. We call that care coordination.

About Jefferson Regional

Jefferson Regional Medical Center is located in mid-South Arkansas in western edge of the Arkansas Delta. It’s an area rich with tradition and filled with strong people who have weathered the societal and economic storms of life and succeeded. They persevere to make a better future for themselves and their families. Life in the Delta is sometimes filled with uncertainty, but it’s also filled with history, creativity, industrial development, rich farmland and even richer traditions.

Yes, there are challenges, but with challenges come opportunities. Jefferson Regional is a unique position to see both every day. In the Delta Region, poverty is widespread, and many in their community struggle daily to put food on the table with very little left over to pay for other needs, such as health care. Chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and coronary artery disease have continued to grow at alarming rates. Over the course of more than 100 years, they’ve responded to many of these challenges, developing programs and services to meet these needs.

Jefferson Regional is sharp-focused on delivering health care to their community. And they deliver it in ways that other hospitals could not. Looking across the years, you’ll see countless examples of how they’ve brought cutting-edge technology to the Delta to fulfill their mission. Beginning with traditional X-ray technology almost a century ago and evolving all the way through state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they’ve made whatever investment was needed to keep their services current. And all the while they’ve continued to aggressively recruit physicians, who have brought the talent needed to utilize this technology. Now, after spending more than a century as the beating heart of health care in Southeast Arkansas, they find themselves uniquely specialized to provide health care at home.

Learn more about Jefferson Regional: https://www.jrmc.org  

Jefferson Regional Locations

 

Jefferson Regional Ambulatory Surgery Center- Outpatient Surgery Center

  • JPC1 1609 W. 40th Ave. Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Children's Clinic of South Arkansas- Pediatrics

  • 1420 W. 43rd Ave. Pine Bluff, AR 71603

JRMC Neurology Clinic

  • 1609 West 40th Avenue - Suite 207 Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Jefferson Regional Medical Center- Primary Hospital

  • 1600 W 40th Ave Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Cardiology Associates of South Arkansas

  • 1601 W 40th Ave Suite 301 Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Healthcare Plus- Walk-In Clinic & Occupational Health

  • I-530 Medical Mall 4747 Dusty Lake Drive, G1 Pine Bluff, AR 71603

GI Associates of South Arkansas- Digestive Care

  • 1609 West 40th Ave. Suite 202 Pine Bluff, AR

Endocrinology of South Arkansas- Diabetes, Thyroid and Hormone Conditions

  • 7500 Dollarway Road Suite 404 White Hall, AR 71602

Family Health Associates of Southeast Arkansas- Family Medicine

  • I-530 Medical Mall 4747 Dusty Lake Drive Suite 202 Pine Bluff, AR 71603
  • 1801 W. 40th Ave. Suite 6A Pine Bluff, AR  71603

OB/GYN Associates of South Arkansas- Women’s’ Health

  • 1609 West 40th Avenue Suite 201 Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Surgical Associates of Southeast Arkansas- General Surgery

  • 1609 West 40th Avenue Suite 403 Pine Bluff, AR 71603
  • 1801 West 40th Avenue Suite 7B Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Pine Bluff Specialty Clinic- Pulmonology, Lung, Respiratory and Critical Care

  • 1601 West 40th Avenue Suite 301 Pine Bluff, AR 71603

South Arkansas Orthopedic & Spine Center- Bone, Joint and Muscle Care

  • 1609 West 40th Avenue Suite 501 Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Pain Specialists of South Arkansas- Interventional Pain Management

  • 1609 West 40th Avenue Suite 312 Pine Bluff, AR 71603

JRMC Urgent Care Center- Walk-In Clinic, Urgent Care

  • 4201 S. Mulberry Street Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603

JRMC Wound Care Center- Chronic Non-Healing Wound Care

  • 1609 W. 40th Ave. Pine Bluff, AR 71603

Post date: 2019-09-20T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas September 2019

State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), the state’s only statewide health information exchange (HIE), has announced a major Data Participation Agreement with Arkansas Renal Group, P.A. This agreement includes their locations throughout Arkansas in; Arkadelphia, Camden, Crossett, El Dorado, Hot Springs, Magnolia, Mena, Russellville and Warren. These locations will be able to share medical records with all other data participants of the health information exchange. Arkansas Renal Group, P.A. is a leading health care provider for patients suffering from kidney related illness, serving the west-central and south Arkansas regions.

For the last thirty years or so, the fax machine has been a major tool in the American health care system. Primary care practices, specialists, hospitals, labs, and imaging facilities have been exchanging huge amounts of information—orders, referrals, images, and lab results, for example — by fax every day. According to a report by Vox, fax machines make up 75 percent of all medical communication. Faxing relies on staff to sort through records and add them to the appropriate patient chart. Fax numbers can change, and patient records could be landing at the local Walmart instead of the intended provider’s office. There is no way to track or audit where faxes go or who saw them.

“Faxing requires a lot of personnel time touching the data and verifying it to make sure you are matching the right data to the right person to avoid errors. We know that our participants deal with a lot of data every day, and faxing is not the best choice for them. It’s really inefficient and not very secure,” says Justin Villines HIT Policy Integrator at SHARE.

Arkansas Renal Group, P.A. is connecting to SHARE to have a faster, more reliable and more secure way to exchange data. “We are eager to collaborate with such a prestigious organization,” says Anne Santifer, Executive Director of SHARE. “SHARE and Arkansas Renal Group will work together to identify and implement specific use cases which are intended to demonstrate improved quality of care, reduction in administration efforts and better patient outcomes,” Santifer said.

Arkansas Renal Group, P.A. is one of the largest nephrology (kidney care) practices in Arkansas and continues to offer the latest innovations in medical technology and surgical techniques to patients with a variety of renal conditions. Their physicians and professional staff comprise one of the most experienced and respected nephrology practices in the west-central and south Arkansas regions.

Through this interface connection with their Aprima electronic medical record (EMR), Arkansas Renal Group, P.A. will be able to utilize the technologically infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications and discharge summaries to its network of health care providers.  Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other health care providers in the patients’ chain of health care providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make sound clinical decisions.

This agreement comes on the heels of a surge in growth for SHARE, which has seen multiple hospitals, health plans, and clinics joining its exchange in recent months. With one of the largest renal practices in Arkansas contributing data to the health information exchange, this will continue to offer the latest innovations to referral health care organizations throughout Arkansas. 

Learn More about Arkansas Renal Group, P.A. at: http://www.arkneph.com

Arkansas Renal Group Locations

Post date: 2019-09-19T08:00:00-05:00

 

SHARE is working to facilitate Regional Family Medicine automated submissions to Arkansas Immunization Registry (WebIZ).

Little Rock, Arkansas ---September 2019  Beginning in fall of 2018, SHARE and Regional Family Medicine have worked together to bring a new feature to their clinic. They can automatically submit immunization records to the Arkansas Immunization Information System (WEBIZ) through SHARE, the only statewide health information exchange (HIE).

By implementing this direct connection, SHARE and Regional Family Medicine are eliminating the need for manual and duplicate entry. They are saving their providers and nurses time by automating a previously tedious task. Regional Family Medicine has two locations in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Through this advancement, their providers, their staff and their patients are reaping the benefits.

SHARE has been connected to WEBIZ for the last few years, bringing immunization information to providers treating patients throughout Arkansas’ 75 counties that make up our service area. WEBIZ was built to house complete, accurate, secure, real-time immunization records for the state. Providers can access these records when treating their patients to have a comprehensive understanding of their health needs through SHARE. Regional Family Medicine, who was already contributing data to the HIE, is now also connected to Immunization Registry (WEBIZ) through SHARE.

 

 

 

 

SHARE is also routing the Regional Family Medicine providers at both clinics the results of their patient’s lab results, diagnosis, discharge summaries, medications from other facilities that are on a different electronic medical record (EMR) system. This information is routed into their patient’s chart in their eMDs system such as Baxter Regional Medical Center (BRMC), Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), UAMS, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) and soon hospitals in Missouri. This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment, and eliminates redundant testing if a patient has been referred to another health care provider. The Main Clinic also has a Saturday urgent care clinic to better the needs of their patients.

SHARE provides them access to 24-hour daily reports which notifies primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time.  Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other health care providers in the patient’s chain of health care providers the results they need. Regional Family Medicine is also contributing diagnosis, medications, procedures, vitals, demographics and immunizations of their patients to the HIE for their referral partners to access.

Not all technology improves patient care, that’s why SHARE focuses on providing only the data Regional Family Medicine clinics need and the right tools to integrate with their workflow and systems, meaning they save time and can focus on what matters most…the patient!

About Regional Family Medicine

There's No Place Like Home...  At Regional Family Medicine (formerly Kerr Medical Clinic), they have recognized and practiced that principle since the 1960s. That's why they have always strived to be the home for health care for patients – the first-place patients go for medical attention. As health care evolves and they adapt to the change, they never lose sight of the fact that taking care of the whole patient is their most important goal. The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is the latest innovation in health care delivery, designed to make primary health care what it is supposed to be: the health care home that all patients need.

Located in Mountain Home Arkansas, their comprehensive medical clinic serves the health care & preventive needs of patients of all ages, from obstetrics and delivery through adult and geriatric care. As a family care practice, their medical staff has experience and training in many health care specialties.

They provide an in-house lab for blood work, X-rays, ultrasounds and allergy testing, as well as extensive services for women's health, including obstetrics, mammography, hormone replacement therapy, and bone density testing. New patients of all ages are always welcome.

They are currently in the comprehensive primary care plus (CPC+) program and designated as PCMH clinic.

Learn more about Regional Family Medicine and their services here: https://www.rfmmh.com/

Post date: 2019-09-18T08:00:00-05:00

September 2019 --Little Rock, Arkansas The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that Compassion Women’s Clinic that is part of Healthy Connections Community Health Network is now using SHARE, one of the country’s largest and most robust health information exchanges (HIE). Healthy Connections 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.

Healthy Connections Community Health Network is comprised of eleven clinics that span from De Queen, Mena, Mount Ida, Hot Springs, Arkadelphia, Malvern and Little Rock. They provide primary care, OBGYN Care, dental care, behavioral health care and outreach to more than fifteen counties from Polk to Pulaski counties.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use different electronic health record (EHR) systems, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE will allow Healthy Connections providers to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals and specialty clinics in their eMDs EMR system. Healthy Connections care teams across seven counties can now view the following patient data through SHARE’s Virtual Health Record until the interface is LIVE:

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

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows Healthy Connections 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.  By accessing the Virtual Health Record (VHR), it displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. The VHR retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use different EHR systems, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE enables Healthy Connections to access the exchange to better coordinate with providers and patients in Arkansas.  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 HIE that is provided in real-time when doctors, providers and care teams need it.

 About Healthy Connections Community Health Network

Gaps in health care are described as disparities in access to medical services when comparing different populations that fall along racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. The mission of Healthy Connections, Inc., is to fill those gaps with high-quality health care.

Healthy Connections is a Mena-based nonprofit organization serving the needs of children and adults throughout West-Central Arkansas. Since its founding in 1998 as a home visiting program, Healthy Connections has been able to provide much needed health, dental and social services to families. “We’re driven from the mission that we can provide quality health care to the population in the areas we serve. That is a population that has been neglected in the past. This population is considered underserved for a lot of services – medical, dental and behavioral health. We allow them to have easy access, affordable access, to quality health care,” said CEO Tony Calandro.

Healthy Connections providers treat thousands of patients each year who either have no insurance or not enough insurance to cover essential health and dental services. Healthy Connections currently serves as a primary care provider, dentist, pediatrician, behavioral health therapist, cardiologist, podiatrist and physical therapist. But mostly it is a place people can go to receive quality care regardless of their ability to pay. Healthy Connections has eleven medical clinics, including two school-based clinics, where physicians and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses provide primary and preventive medical services. There are three dental clinics, providing a full range of services including preventing, evaluating, diagnosing and treating diseases of the oral cavity while maintaining the function and appearance of the teeth. Two pediatric clinics providing care to the children of Arkansas, including a bilingual physician in Hot Springs. This ensures Healthy Connections can provide a high level of service to their patients and families, regardless of any potential communication roadblocks. Healthy Connections provides behavioral health services to four communities through licensed clinical social workers, professional counselors, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. This has become a great need for many of the communities served by Healthy Connections.

Outreach services are also provided through Healthy Families Arkansas Polk and Garland Counties. Through regular home visits and monthly group meetings, the Healthy Connections staff strives to empower families to provide a healthy, nurturing environment for their children.  Learn more at: https://healthy-connections.org

 

About Compassion Women’s Clinic

Mission: To provide the best, most advanced women's healthcare possible in an environment that is uplifting, welcoming, and compassionate.

Vision: To continually advance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of the women in the Arkadelphia area in a manner consistent with standards in Obstetrics and Gynecology while also adhering to a Christian worldview, with emphasis on respect and dignity toward all.

Michael Carozza, MD, FACOG: Ob-Gyn Physician: Dr. Michael Carozza was raised in both Nashville and Texarkana, AR, graduating from Arkansas High School in Texarkana in 1994.  He attended Ouachita Baptist University graduating in 1998 with degrees in Chemistry and Biology and then pursued a medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, receiving his M.D. in 2002.  It was in medical school that Dr. Carozza became aware of his calling to serve as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist: “I remember seeing my first delivery and was mesmerized by the emotional impact of that miracle, and I realized that this was why I was on this earth.”  He fulfilled a lifelong dream of service in the US Air Force after his residency program in OB/GYN at UAMS, where he and his family were stationed at Langley AFB, VA for four wonderful years of Air Force service as a physician.  In 2009, he moved to Arkadelphia, AR, his college town, to begin a new OB/GYN practice, naming the clinic Compassion Women’s Clinic and modeling his practice on the message of Colossians 3:12. For more information visit: http://compassionob.com.

Post date: 2019-09-17T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas   September 2019      The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that Howard Memorial Hospital Medical Clinics is now using SHARE, one of the country’s largest and most robust health information exchanges (HIE). Their care teams now have access to clinical information across participating entities for patients who have authorized sharing their medical information. This allows them to have the most accurate laboratory results, discharge summaries, progress notes, demographics and vitals for their patients that range from children to adults.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use different electronic health record (EHR) systems, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE enables Howard Memorial Hospital Medical Clinics to access the exchange to better coordinate with providers and patients throughout southwest Arkansas.

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows Howard Memorial Hospital Medical Clinics significant access to better coordination with hospitals, specialist and behavioral health providers across the state to see a more robust picture of their patient’s medical histories, engendering efficient and safe continuity of care.  By accessing the Virtual Health Record (VHR), it displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. The VHR retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history.

Howard Memorial Hospital Medical Clinics can now view the following patient data through SHARE’s VHR:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer Reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographic and Insurance information
  • Laboratory results and Vitals
  • Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Continuity of Care Documents and Progress Notes

Using SHARE VHR and Secure Messaging (SM), Howard Memorial Hospital Medical Clinics has an up-to-the-minute view of a patient’s health history at the point of care. This puts the power of information and collaboration in the hands of the health care team—enabling more accurate, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

About Howard Memorial Hospital

Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) is a critical access hospital located in Nashville, Arkansas. It provides comprehensive patient-focused care in a variety of settings— emergency, surgical, inpatient and outpatient—delivered by skilled medical professionals. Their not-for-profit status ensures that all financial resources remaining after expenses are re-invested in the hospital to improve technology, the facility and patient services.  HMH is committed to bringing friendly service, quality care and state-of-the-art technology to the Nashville and surrounding communities, so our friends, families and neighbors can always have access to close-to-home care. The hospital is governed by an eight-member, volunteer board of directors, comprising a broad spectrum of professional, business and community leaders. The board is responsible for hospital compliance with legal requirements, maintenance of professional and ethical standards of health care and financial and operational management.

About their Primary Care Providers

Dr. Ngozi Wilkins

Dr. Wilkins is passionate about primary care, with a special interest in women’s care. Make an appointment with her to:

  • Learn wellness tips for long-term health
  • Diagnose and treat women's conditions
  • Find one doctor for the whole family

Call for an appointment: 870-845-8010

Dr. Brian Caldwell

There’s never a dull moment in family practice, which is what Dr. Caldwell loves about it. Make an appointment with Dr. Caldwell for:

  • Tips on staying healthy whatever your age or stage in life
  • Management of chronic diseases
  • Athletic health and training advice 

Call for an appointment: 870-845-6060

Alana Kaye Day, APRN, FNP-C

Alana is the newest member of the primary care team. With experience in everything from women’s health to pediatrics, Alana’s family practice interests include:

  • Children’s health and wellness
  • Respiratory care
  • Geriatric care

Learn more about Howard Memorial Hospital: https://www.howardmemorial.com/

 

Post date: 2019-09-16T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas –September 2019 The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), the state’s only statewide health information exchange (HIE), recently connected to Lakeside Family Medicine that is part of a large medical group, HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs.

SHARE aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. The HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

Lakeside Family Medicine physicians and their professional staff are board certified and dedicated to bringing the best of primary care, pediatrics, geriatrics, women’s health and psychological counseling services. Lakeside Family Medicine providers understands the importance of good health and focuses on preventive health as well as managing chronic illnesses. The data exchange service with SHARE will give Lakeside Family Medicine, secure access to important information such as lab results, updated patient records and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible than with paper files.

Being a primary care physician means knowing the most current information regarding your patients. SHARE Daily Reports will help Lakeside Family Medicine do that. The Daily Reports make available to their health care team the most recent critical events of their patients within the last 24 hours regardless of their insurance payers.

The SHARE Daily Reports are a data service that make updates available to Lakeside Family Medicine’s care team when a patient is:

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

SHARE empowers providers and communities by providing the information they need to improve health. Our advanced HIE technology, data tools and expert workflow analysis help health care providers access information that save lives, streamlines care coordination, reduces costs and improves clinical outcomes. As more and more electronic medical record (EMR) or electronic health record (EHR) systems are connected to an HIE, there is more opportunity to analyze health trends, and stop outbreaks before they begin. This helps create healthier communities. Patients can feel safe knowing that their information is secure and protected, and that they can get the life-saving treatment they need in any situation, provided they receive care from a facility that is connected to an HIE.

About HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs- Lakeside Family Medicine

 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.

Their team of family physicians is focused on treating the whole person. They are dedicated to an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. Services Include: Primary Care, Pediatric Care, Women’s Health, House Calls and Behavioral Health.

 

For more information visit: https://www.healthstarphysicians.com/contact/lakeside/

Lakeside Physicians

Post date: 2019-09-13T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – September 2019 Harmony Park Family Medicine in Hot Springs, Arkansas has joined SHARE, the only statewide health information exchange (HIE). Harmony Park Family Medicine is part of the continued connection of independent family medicine practices to join the SHARE network!

Harmony Park Family Medicine is providing high quality, patient-centered care to include: adolescent and adults care, prenatal care, children, same day visits, after hours’ care and non-emergent questions.

Access to SHARE will give the Harmony Park care team secure access to important health information such as; continuity of care documents (CCDs), laboratory results, updated patient records, discharge summaries, medication histories and demographic information of their patient’s. This ensures every care provider in the patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their health records are more secure and accessible.

The Harmony Park Clinic will be sharing data through an interface with NexGen electronic medical record (EMR) which features a robust patient query and response function that will allow providers to quickly access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more.

The Harmony Park care team will be sharing patient information like; medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, medications, continuity of care documents (CCDs), immunizations, vitals and allergies.  The clinics will also send their immunizations through SHARE to the Arkansas Department of Health, immunization registry (WEBIZ). This will improve their workflow and give them access to a bi-directional immunization interface.

SHARE will provide Harmony Park with access to 24-hour daily reports notifying their providers and care team when their patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges.

As the health care landscape continues to transform, HIEs continue to play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and Harmony Park are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives, assisting with high-risk patients and identifying potential social determinants of health.

About Harmony Park Family Medicine

The new, state-of-the-art Harmony Park Family Medicine clinic is now open at Harmony Park, Suite 100, in Hot Springs. Drs. Scott Anderson, James Humphreys, and Robert Parrott have teamed up to offer a clinic where every patient will undergo a professional clinical assessment and are presented a coordinated plan created for their individual needs.

Harmony Park Family Medicine Physicians

Dr. Robert Parrott, a Texas native, is a graduate of North Texas Health Science Center with a Doctor of Osteopathy degree. He completed his residency in Fort Worth, TX where he was named resident of the year. Parrott has been in practice for over 15 years in Hot Springs. He is Board Certified ACOFP/AOA and has been named Physician of the Year in The Sentinel-Record's Readers’ Choice Awards and in the AY Magazine's Best Doctors Issue. He and his wife Kelly, have five sons, Stephen, Kevin, John Michael, Christopher and Luke.

Dr. James Humphreys is a Dumas native and a Magnum Cum Laude graduate of The University of Arkansas-Monticello and UAMS Medical School. He served his residency at the University of Arkansas, ABEM, in Fort Smith, AR. He is AAFP/ABFM board certified. He was the owner of Hollywood Avenue Family Medicine from 1991 to 2011 and has been affiliated with Spark Hospital, St. Edward's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and National Park Medical Center (NPMC) in Hot Springs. Humphreys has been honored as The Sentinel-Record's Physician of the Year. He and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of Brandon, Regina, Alex and Drew.

Dr. Scott Anderson, a Chicago native, received his medical degree from Midwestern University and served his three-year residency in Family Medicine through Forest Park Hospital-St. Louis University. He started his practice 16 years ago in Hot Springs, AR. He is AAFP/ABFM board certified. Some of his awards and achievements over the last few years include Patients Choice Award, 2012; AY's Best Family Physician, 2014; Patients Choice Award, 2017, 2018; Compassionate Doctor Award, 2017, 2018; On-Time Physician Award, 2017, 2018; and America's Most Honored Professionals -- Top 1 percent, 2018. Anderson and his wife, Suzanne, are active in the community and attend Lake Valley Community Church. They have two children, Katlyn and Nicholas, who have both graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Harmony Park Family Medicine Clinic is located at 128 Harmony Park, Suite 100, off Section Line Road.

Call 501. 881.4988 to make an appointment or visit http://www.harmonyparkfamilymedicine.com  for more information.

Post date: 2019-09-12T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – September 2019 Best Start Pediatric Clinic in Springdale, Arkansas has joined the only statewide health information exchange (HIE). Best Start Pediatric Clinic is part of the continued connection of independent pediatric practices to join the SHARE network.

Best Start Pediatrics is providing high quality, patient-centered care to include; prenatal care, newborn and infant care, children and adolescent care, same day visits, after hours care and non-emergent questions. Access to SHARE will give their care team secure access to important health information such as, continuity of care documents (CCDs), laboratory results, updated patient records, discharge summaries, medication histories and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their health records are more secure and accessible.

Through this connection to SHARE, Best Start Pediatrics Care Team will have a holistic view of a patient’s health results at the point of care. They will have access to 24 Hour Daily Reports on Arkansas Medicaid Patients when patients are admitted/discharged from emergency room and inpatient discharges. They will also have access to the SHARE Virtual Health Record enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

Best Start Pediatrics is also part of the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN) that is the nation’s first statewide pediatric Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) to help measurably elevate the quality of health care for kids in Arkansas, which SHARE also partners. This selective physician-led partnership of providers collaborate to deliver evidence-based care, improve quality, efficiency, coordination of care, and demonstrate value to the market.

The clinic will also begin sharing data through an interface with eCW electronic medical record (EMR) system, which features a robust patient query and response functionality that will allow the providers to quickly access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more. This includes records such as medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, medications, continuity of care documents (CCDs), immunizations, vitals and allergies. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports notifying the pediatric clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges.

As the health care landscape continues to transform, HIEs continue to play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and Best Start Pediatrics are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives, assisting with high-risk patients and identifying potential social determinants of health.

About Best Start Pediatrics

They welcome the chance to meet expecting parents.  They offer a free visit to their clinic with an opportunity to sit down one on one with Dr. Averitt and ask questions.  These visits usually last 10-15 minutes.  They typically schedule them first thing in the afternoon before the clinic gets busy with afternoon appointments.  Most prospective parents come in to meet them during their third trimester, but anytime during pregnancy is fine.  They are also happy to meet with parents who are adopting.  This is a great opportunity to locate the clinic, meet the staff, ask your questions, pick up new patient paperwork and make sure Best Start Pediatrics is a good fit for families.

At a patient’s first visit they will be gathering information about the pregnancy, delivery, family and social circumstances, and addressing the patient’s concerns.  They will be assessing baby’s weight and hydration and checking for jaundice.  They are very supportive of parent’s feeding plan and hope to help them successfully breast feed.

During infancy they will see the parents and baby for several regular visits.  They have a schedule of well checkups that will allows the clinic to make sure the baby is growing and developing well.  These occur at intervals that correlate with the vaccine schedule so that vaccines can be provided at these visits when indicated.  They understand that vaccinations can create lots of anxiety for patients and their families.  Their providers are very knowledgeable about vaccines and are happy to discuss any concerns the parents may have. 

It is their goal to make sure every child will receive the necessary services to have a full and healthy life.

Their Address: 5203 Willow Creek Drive Suite 2   Springdale, Arkansas 72762

Find out more here: www.keepingyourkidshealthy.com

Post date: 2019-09-09T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas September 2019          State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), the state’s only statewide health information exchange (HIE), has announced a major Data Participation Agreement with Arkansas Urology, which includes their locations throughout Arkansas in Benton, Bentonville, Clinton, Conway,  Conway South, El Dorado, Heber Springs, Little Rock, Men’s Health- Bowman Road, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Russellville and Stuttgart. These locations will now be able to share medical records with all other participating health care facilities connected to SHARE.

Arkansas Urology is the largest urology practice in Arkansas and continues to offer the latest innovations in medical technology and surgical techniques to patients with a variety of urological conditions. Their physicians and professional staff make up one of the most experienced and respected urological practices in the region. Approximately 60,000 patients visit their facility each year to receive the best in compassionate, quality care.

Arkansas Urology also has a state-of-the-art surgery center, Centerview Surgery Center, that the physicians and providers of Arkansas Urology perform urologic procedures and surgeries and provide their patients with world-class care.

Through this interface connection with their Athena electronic medical record (EMR), Arkansas Urology is now able to utilize the technologically infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications to its network of health care providers.  Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other health care providers in the patients’ chain of health care providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make sound clinical decisions.

 In addition, the clinics also use SHARE’s Virtual Health Record, a web-based portal, to view historical results on their patients.  This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment, and eliminates redundant testing if a patient is referred to another health care provider. In addition to the ability to share patient medical records, Arkansas Urology participation enables faster treatment, fewer repeated tests, better care coordination, reduced risk of mistakes and greater convenience for both clinicians and patients.

“We are eager to collaborate with such a prestigious organization. SHARE and Arkansas Urology will work together to identify and implement specific use cases which are intended to demonstrate improved quality of care, reduction in administration efforts, and better patient outcomes,” says Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator of SHARE.

This agreement comes on the heels of a surge in growth for SHARE, which has seen multiple hospitals, health plans, and clinics join its exchange in recent months. With the largest urology practice in Arkansas contributing data to the health information exchange, this will continue to offer the latest innovations to referral health care organizations throughout Arkansas. 

About Arkansas Urology:

Arkansas Urology is the largest urology practice in Arkansas and continues to offer the latest innovations in medical technology and surgical techniques to patients with a variety of urological conditions. Their physicians and professional staff comprise one of the most experienced and respected urological practices in the region. Approximately 60,000 patients visit their facility each year to receive the best in compassionate, quality care. Locations throughout Arkansas include Benton, Bentonville, Clinton, Conway, Conway South, El Dorado, Heber Springs, Little Rock, Men’s Health- Bowman Road, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Russellville and Stuttgart.

About CenterView Surgery Center:

The Centerview Surgery Center provides patients with a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology. Located adjacent to Arkansas Urology, the Center has the physicians and providers of Arkansas Urology performing urologic procedures and surgeries and provide our patients with world-class care. All outpatient procedures currently being performed at Arkansas Urology will take place in the new surgery center along with various new procedures to treat BPH, overactive bladder and prostate cancer, as well as other urological conditions. The Centerview Surgery Center is a single-story, 12,467-square-foot center which represents a nearly $6 million investment by Arkansas Urology in central Arkansas’ health care community. The new center provides patients with a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology. It houses two 450+-square-foot operating rooms and four procedure rooms and is an accredited facility to ensure safety and quality standards.

Learn more about Arkansas Urology at: http://www.arkansasurology.com/

Post date: 2019-09-05T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – September 2019     The State Health Alliance for Health Exchange (SHARE), Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE) is connected to Kirkland Family Medical Center, Dr. Allan Kirkland MD in Dardanelle, Arkansas.

Through this interface connection with Amazing Charts electronic medical record (EMR) system, Kirkland Family Medical Center is now able to utilize the HIE infrastructure to securely bring outside patient’s laboratory test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications, immunizations, progress notes into their local environment of Amazing Charts. 

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians, nurses and other providers in the patient’s chain of health care providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make better clinical decisions. Continued connections like this continues to aid in better diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment and eliminates redundant testing when a patient is referred to another health care provider.

SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports delivered through SHARE’s DirectTrust Secure Messaging service, which notifies Kirkland Family Medical Center care team when their patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting their 72-hour follow-up metric.  The clinic’s care team at Kirkland Family Medical Center is also accessing SHARE’s Virtual Health Record, that aggregates patients records outside of their system of Amazing Charts EMR system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

“Together, we will have the opportunity to turn health data into actionable information for providers. We aim to improve care quality in Arkansas,” said Anne Santifer, SHARE Executive Director.

About Kirkland Family Medical Center:

Kirkland Family Medical Center's goal is to provide excellent customer service and care.

Services:  wellness exams, school physicals, daily family medical needs

Learn more about Kirkland Family Medical Center: http://kirklandfamilymedical.com/

Post date: 2019-09-04T10:15:56-05:00

 

  • CHI St. Vincent hospital in Hot Springs expands connection with SHARE to include Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • 25+ specialty and primary care clinics expand connections to seamlessly deliver patient health information (laboratory results, vitals, allergies, progress notes, radiology reports and discharge summaries) across Garland County and another fifteen counties in Arkansas.

Little Rock, Arkansas –September 2019 The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is excited to announce a ground-breaking partnership that will enable more efficient health care services for patients across rural Arkansas. SHARE is Arkansas’ only health information exchange (HIE).  This partnership expands connections to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs by exchanging important information such as lab results, updated patient records and demographic information. This integration with SHARE ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible.

Enhancing the connection with CHI St. Vincent hospital and clinics in Hot Springs to the statewide HIE network will include bi-directional data exchange, health care providers participating in the clinically integrated network and referral partnerships will have faster and more complete access to their patient’s most critical health information. The enhanced information access will improve patient’s care coordination, reduce treatment delays, eliminate unnecessary testing and allow care providers to make more targeted diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

SHARE provides CHI St. Vincent hospital in Hot Springs with data to enable enhanced 30-day readmission event notifications, as well as 24-hour daily reports when their primary care practice Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department or have an inpatient discharge. This collaboration is to improve population health analysis, patient outcomes and success with health care quality initiatives such as accountable care, promoting interoperability (formally known as meaningful use), clinically integrated networks, MIPS/MACRA and medical home programs.

“CHI St. Vincent is among the most ambitious health care systems in the state — they are implementing state-of-the-art technology that will significantly improve collaboration among providers in their area. Ultimately, this will improve patient outcomes and potentially reduce overall health care costs for everyone” said Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator at SHARE.

CHI St. Vincent continues to remain committed to delivering the highest quality of care for patients and the communities it serves while simultaneously driving efficiencies to address the challenges facing health care providers and ensuring a sustainable future for its healing ministry in Arkansas.

About CHI St. Vincent

CHI St. Vincent, a regional health network serving Arkansas, is part of The Catholic Health Initiatives. They have served Arkansas since 1888 with a history of many firsts. Headquartered in Little Rock, their networks include primary care, specialty clinics, urgent care, hospitals, home health, rehabilitation and surgery centers. Together with more than 4,500 coworkers, 1,000 medical staff, and 500 volunteers, they consistently receive praise for advancements in care. Their growing medical group includes more than 300 providers across almost every medical and surgical specialty. 

For more information, visit:  https://www.chistvincent.com

CHI St. Vincent-Hot Springs and surrounding locations



CHI St. Vincent Urology Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Primary Care - Hot Springs-70 West


CHI St. Vincent Primary Care - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Wound Care Center - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Orthopedic Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent ENT Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Community Care - McAuley Clinic


CHI St. Vincent Primary Care - Village East


CHI St. Vincent Orthopedic Clinic – Village


CHI St. Vincent Convenient Care - Hot Springs Village


CHI St. Vincent Primary Care – Arkadelphia


CHI St. Vincent Urology Clinic – Arkadelphia


CHI St. Vincent Neurosurgery Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Surgery Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Rheumatology Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Primary Care - Hot Springs-South Campus


CHI St. Vincent Primary Care - Hot Springs-270 West


CHI St. Vincent Pediatrics - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Women's Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Neurology Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Community Care - Pregnancy Clinic


CHI St. Vincent Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Business Health - Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Primary Care – Village


CHI St. Vincent Orthopedic Clinic – Malvern


CHI St. Vincent Primary Care – Malvern


CHI St. Vincent Urology Clinic - Mena


CHI St. Vincent Primary Care – Murfreesboro

Post date: 2019-09-03T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, AR   September 2019    

Health care providers in Baxter County and surrounding northern communities in Arkansas and Missouri continue to securely access patient health records from Baxter Regional Medical Center (BRMC) located in Mountain Home, Arkansas through SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE). The data sharing builds a more complete medical record for communities and individuals. With the connection to the HIE, it results in fewer repeated tests, better diagnosis and monitoring of chronic conditions and a more comprehensive patient health record.

Hospitals carry a large proportion of the burden to reduce the cost of care. They must find strategies to reduce or avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and eliminate the over-utilization of emergency room services, cutting costs, and focusing on patients with a truly emergent need. Access to comprehensive health information is necessary to overcome these challenges. Having access to robust health data in SHARE offers insights that can be used to flag medication use and abuse, identify gaps in care management, enable the development of comprehensive discharge plans, and increase the odds the patient will receive consistent follow-up care in an outpatient setting.

SHARE understands that hospitals must find strategies to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and over-utilization of emergency rooms, in order to cut costs and focus their efforts and resources on patients with the highest need.  In order to achieve this, BRMC is using SHARE’s 30-day readmission notifications of when their patient was discharged from their facility and then admitted at another connected hospital within 30 days.  

The continued collaboration with BRMC reflects that coordinated care is expanding across a much wider spectrum of facilities.  BRMC that serves Arkansas and Missouri communities. They are committed to delivering efficient and effective health care with a hometown touch. SHARE supports the physician-patient relationship while providing critical, timely clinical data that promotes quality health care, identification of health disparities, health care transparency and health care access to support patient care and physician-patient relationships.

Sharing timely clinical patient information, such as admission, discharge and transfer information (ADTs), lab results, radiology results, progress notes, medications, immunizations and discharge summaries among physicians outside of the hospital with disparate electronic health record (EHR) systems relies upon a connection to an HIE. Through the connection with Baxter Regional Medical Center, HIE participants can access patient data where the patient received care. Sharing of this timely information will improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies and improve patient safety.

SHARE’s approach uniquely positions it to help physicians, other health care providers, integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and others seeking to improve patient outcomes. Patients benefit from fewer repeated tests, missing records and errors, while receiving more informed care during office visits and emergencies.

About Baxter Regional Medical Center:  

Over the years, Baxter Regional Medical Center has quietly and efficiently built a national reputation for quality health care and advanced medical technology. That reputation and the quality community has attracted highly trained, specialized and experienced physicians to make Mountain Home their home. Baxter Regional Medical Center is a 268-bed tertiary care hospital serving a population of 185,000 in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. Their medical staff consists of over 100 physicians representing more than 30 medical specialties. Located in the majestic Ozark Mountains, Mountain Home is known for its beauty and is an outdoor enthusiast's recreational haven. Two lakes, three rivers, and four seasons contribute to a quality of life unique to this area. With a low cost of living, low crime rate, and nationally recognized school system, this is a family friendly community.

Their state-of-the-art health care services include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancer care
  • Cardiac services
  • Open-heart surgery
  • Breast Imaging Center
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Diabetes management
  • Partial knee replacements
  • Pain management services
  • Outpatient Primary Care Clinics     

Baxter Regional Medical Center is home to the following clinics:  Baxter Regional Ahrens Clinic, Baxter Regional Bone and Joint Clinic, Baxter Regional Comprehensive Women's Clinic, Baxter Regional Heart Clinic, Baxter Regional Urology Clinic, Baxter Regional Family Clinic, Baxter Regional Family Clinic on Market, BRMC Gastroenterology and Advanced Imaging, BRMC Medical Specialists, BRMC Nephrology/Pulmonology Clinic, BRMC Neurosurgery and Spine Clinic, Fairlamb Senior Health Clinic, Baxter Regional APRN Clinic, BRHS Hometown Clinic at Calico Rock, BRHS Hometown Clinic at Melbourne, BRHS Hometown Clinic at Mountain View, BRHS Hometown Clinic at West Plains, Baxter Regional Wound Healing Center, Interventional Pain Management, Hospice of the Ozarks and Mruk Family Center on Aging.

 Learn more about BRMC: https://www.baxterregional.org/

Post date: 2019-08-30T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – August 2019  

Being a primary care physician means knowing the most current information regarding your patients. SHARE daily reports is helping Gray Family Practice Clinic do that. The daily reports make available to their health care team the most recent critical events of their patients within the last 24 hours regardless of their insurance payers.

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the health information exchange (HIE) is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

The 24-hour daily reports are a data service that make updates available to Gray Family Practice Clinic’s team 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 and inform quality improvement;
  • Help health care providers pinpoint areas for improving outcomes and assist in containing costs.

The Gray Family Practice Clinic’s care team is also accessing SHARE’s virtual health record (VHR), that aggregates patients records outside of their system of NexGen electronic medical record (EMR) system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

The clinic can now view the following historical patient data through SHARE’s VHR:

  • Admission, discharge and transfer reports
  • Allergies, problems, medications, demographic and insurance information
  • Laboratory results, radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge summaries, continuity of care documents (CCDs), progress notes and vitals

About Gray Family Practice Clinic:

Gray Family Practice Clinic, PLLC officially opened on June 28, 2012.  Dr. Adam C. Gray is the owner and Medical Director.  Fern Sherrell, a life-long resident of Izard County, is the Nurse Practitioner on staff.  They evaluate and treat a wide variety of age groups, from infants to the elderly.  They also provide services for yearly wellness exams, such as annual Medicare preventative visits, pap smears, breast exams, and prostate checks.  Their clinic was built with on-site digital x-ray equipment as well as a CLIA waived lab.  Simple tests can be run in the Clinic, while more complex tests must be sent to a reference lab. Walk-ins are gladly accepted, but appointments are preferred.


Here is a short list of medical conditions that are treated on a regular basis in the clinic:

  • Diabetes (type 1 and 2)
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid problems
  • Anti-coagulation medication oversight
  • Weight management
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Depression 

Get to know their practitioners:

Dr. Gray graduated from Hendrix College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1994. He attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and graduated in 1999.  His residency was completed at AHEC in Jonesboro.  He then moved to Melbourne and practiced for 10 years in a rural clinic before opening his own practice.  Since his time in residency, Dr. Gray has practiced emergency medicine at several hospitals in and around Izard County.  He currently works in the Emergency Department at Fulton County Hospital.  Dr. Gray has also served as the Medical Director of Pioneer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Melbourne and Kidspiration in Mountain Home.
 

Fern Sherrell began her career in nursing as an RN in 1990.  She worked as an RN for several years before becoming an LPN instructor at Ozarka College.  She taught at Ozarka College for 6 years and then decided to return to school.   She graduated in 2004 from Arkansas State University with a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Fern has worked in the health care field for over 23 years and has a variety of experience in the clinical setting, including family practice, pediatrics, and urgent care.  
 

Other staff members include:
Michelle Gray, CFO
April Smith, Clinic Manager
NiKole Owens, LPN/Clinical Coordinator
Sherry Morrow, LPN/Long Term Care Coordinator
Dawn Smith, LPN
Kristy Smith, LPN
Susan Walker, LPN/RT/Lab Technician
Loretta Miller, Clinic Assistant 
Regina Love, Clinic Assistant

 

Learn more about them at: http://www.grayfamilypractice.com/Home_Page.html


Post date: 2019-08-29T09:16:21-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – August 2019          

SHARE is excited announces a new partnership with 1st Choice HealthCare sharing continuity of care documents (CCDs) with connection to the eCW Arkansas HUB. 1st Choice Healthcare is a large group of six federally qualified health centers (FQHC), throughout Northeast Arkansas. They are now connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). SHARE is the only statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

1st Choice Healthcare is committed to delivering high-quality care in a professional and caring environment to improve the health and well-being of their patients. By connecting with SHARE, 1st Choice Healthcare expects to further this commitment by exchanging information more efficiently with referring physicians and providing their doctors, nurses and health care teams with the patient information they need at the point of care.

1st Choice Healthcare’s six locations are now live with SHARE, which features a robust patient search functionality that lets providers quickly query and response data. Their providers can also access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more. This includes records such as CCDs, medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, vitals, progress report notes, medications and allergies.

Through this integration with their eClinicalWorks (eCW) electronic medical record (EMR) system, 1st Choice Healthcare queries SHARE for any patient data outside of their local EMR environment using xds.b protocol. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports on all their patients, regardless of insurance provider, when they are admitted and discharged from any connected hospital’s emergency department and inpatient discharges in real-time.

This new partnership will enable 1st Choice Healthcare to safely exchange patient medical records with any organization on the SHARE system. This will help improve care coordination and lead to better health outcomes. “Together, we will have the opportunity to turn health data into actionable information for providers. We aim to improve care quality throughout Arkansas,” said Anne Santifer, SHARE Executive Director.

Health care organizations are often siloed and face challenges such as faxing medical records and viewing limited or incomplete patient records. SHARE’s technology eliminates those challenges by securely exchanging data between participants. SHARE allows providers to have instantaneously access to patient medical records.

About 1st Choice Healthcare:

At 1st Choice Healthcare, they embrace and practice patient-centered care and strive to provide all their patients with the best possible medical care. They encourage each patient to take an active role in their health care. They believe that in addition to helping patients when they are sick, that they should help guide them in making healthy choices for preventive care.

1st Choice Healthcare centers are:

  • Open to all residents, regardless of insurance status
  • Provide reduced cost care based on ability to pay
  • Tailor services to fit the special needs and priorities of local communities
  • Provide services based on the advice of local-residents, businesses, churches, and other organizations
  • Offer services that help patients access health care, case management, health education, nutritional counseling, and chronic disease management.

1st Choice Healthcare is a non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, Federally Qualified Health Center. They welcome all members of the community, especially those unable to afford care. They are founded and governed by the community they serve. At least 51% of their Board of Directors are consumers of their services. Their board is made up of community friends and neighbors as well as members from other community agencies. They work closely with government and health and human services agencies to bring patients complete, high quality, and affordable health care.

Learn more about 1st Choice Healthcare: https://1stchoice-ar.org/

1st Choice Healthcare Locations

Post date: 2019-08-26T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas- August 2019 The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), Arkansas’ only health information exchange (HIE) is connected to Saline Memorial Health System Specialty Clinics. Saline Memorial Health System Specialty Clinics is a group of primary care, urgent care and multi-specialty care clinics. These clinics are located in the Central Arkansas area. Saline Memorial Health System Specialty Clinics is part of the continued connection of independent and hospital-based practices to connect to the SHARE network.

SHARE aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. The HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

The Saline Memorial Health System Specialty Clinics locations are sharing data through an interface with their Athena electronic health record (EHR) system, that allows their referral providers to quickly access patient health data in a secure, efficient manner. This includes patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies.

The care coordinators at Saline Memorial Health System Specialty Clinics locations are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record that aggregates patients record outside of their system of EPIC enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.  By having this connection, SHARE is assisting the clinics in meeting the Promoting Interoperability Program (formally Meaningful Use) requirements as well as Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

SHARE is connected to the following Saline Memorial Health System Specialty Clinics that include primary care, multi-specialty care and urgent care clinics throughout the Northcentral Arkansas. The following Saline Memorial Hospital and clinics are connected to SHARE sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries, Vitals, Allergies, Diagnosis and Conditions of their patients in coordination of transitions of care.

The health IT solutions will enable providers to exchange sensitive and critical patient health information through the HIE for improved clinical efficiency and care quality. The EHR-integrated solution is part of the HIE’s efforts to ensure providers have access to relevant health information wherever they need it at the point of care.

About Saline Memorial Health System

Saline Memorial Health System is proud to serve Saline County and they are especially proud of their incredible team. You’ll find some of the best doctors, nurses and health care professionals in Arkansas. You’ll also find advanced services and strategic partnerships conveniently close to home.

Mission: Making their communities healthier

Vision: They want to create places where people choose to come for health care, physicians want to practice, and employees want to work.

For more information visit: http://www.salinememorial.org  

 

 

 

Post date: 2019-08-23T09:40:35-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – August 2019          SHARE, the state’s only statewide health information exchange (HIE), recently connected to Lawrence County Family Clinic in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

Through this interface connection with Athena electronic medical record (EMR) system, Lawrence County Family Clinic is now able to utilize the HIE infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications, immunizations, progress notes to its network of healthcare providers. 

Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians, nurses and other health care providers in the patients’ chain of health care providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make better clinical decisions. Continued connections like this continues to aid in better diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment and eliminates redundant testing when a patient is referred to another health care provider.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports delivered through SHARE’s Direct-Trust Secure Messaging, notifying Lawrence County Family Clinic’s care team when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting their 72-hour follow-up metric. The clinics’ care team at Lawrence County Family Clinic is also accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record (VHR), that aggregates patients record outside of their system of Athena EMR system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

The clinic can now view the following historical patient data as well through SHARE’s VHR:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographic and Insurance information
  • Laboratory results
  • Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Continuity of Care Documents
  • Progress Notes and Vitals

This type of continued collaboration and innovations is what SHARE is working on by connecting family medicine practices, such as Lawrence County Family Clinic to the statewide HIE,” said HIT Policy Integrator Justin Villines.  “The healthcare ecosystem continues to need these types of interactions that can lead to some really innovative partnerships that help increase how we can better deliver health care to Arkansas patients.”

About Lawrence County Family Clinic:

The Lawrence County Family Clinic has been in operation in its present location since 1976.  The clinic offers a wide range of services for preventative care and health maintenance as well as for diagnosing and managing new medical problems.  They have a full-service lab and radiology in-house, as well as spirometry.  Their physicians are all trained to take care of patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly.  Minor surgical procedures such as lesion removal and laceration repair can also be performed at their clinic.

Learn more about them at: http://lawrencedocs.com/

Post date: 2019-08-22T11:13:15-05:00

 

August 2019 --Little Rock, Arkansas        

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is excited to announce that Autism in Motion Clinics is now using SHARE, one of the country’s largest and most robust health information exchanges (HIE). Autism in Motion Clinic’s 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 supplies, equipment and products for their patients that range from children to young adults.

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows Autism in Motion Clinics significant access to better coordination with hospitals, family doctors and pediatricians across the state to see a more robust picture of their patients’ medical histories, producing efficient and safe continuity of care. They now have the ability to access the Virtual Health Record (VHR), which displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. The VHR retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history.

Autism in Motion Clinics can now view the following patient data through SHARE’s VHR:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographic and Insurance information
  • Laboratory results
  • Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Continuity of Care Documents
  • Progress Notes
  • Immunizations
  • Vitals

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use different electronic health record (EHR) systems, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE enables Autism in Motion Clinics to better coordinate with providers and patients in Arkansas.

Using the VHR option, Autism in Motion Clinics have an up-to-the-minute view of a patient’s health history at the point of care. This puts the power of information and collaboration in the hands of the health care team—enabling more accurate, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

About Autism in Motion Clinics:

Autism in Motion Clinics practices therapy that is always one-on-one. Their patients range from toddlers to young adults. They also spend between 15-30 hours per week with each patient. Their mission is to ensure every child with autism has the opportunity to live a happy, fulfilling life. They believe intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy will give them that chance. ABA immerses children in a caring, positive environment, where they work one-on-one with a therapist on a treatment schedule specially tailored for them. They've brought ABA therapy to places it's never been available and transformed the story of autism for the kids and families they serve. They promote the statement that autism defines a disorder, not a person.

Autism in Motion Clinics was born out of a need for better autism care for children in Arkansas. They strive to provide the highest quality service and are constantly looking to bring life-changing therapy to more people in more places.

Bryant, Arkansas

Their Bryant clinic offers state-of-the-art facilities for children to have one-on-one time with therapists. They offer a spacious and accommodating waiting area for parents.

22461 I-30 Frontage Road, Suite 1100B
Bryant, AR 72022

501-574-3053

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Their Fayetteville Clinic was designed with kids, teens and parents in mind. They offer children a place to play and learn with state-of-the-art facilities, so they get the most out of their one-on-one time with therapists. Adults can relax or get some work done in their waiting room while kids can play or read.

2846 Garland Avenue,
Fayetteville, AR 72704
479-439-6906

 

Little Rock, Arkansas

They want their space to be as comfortable for parents as it is for children. Little Rock features kid-friendly therapy areas designed to keep children engaged and foster learning and interaction, and their spacious waiting area helps parents pass the time.

1210 Aldersgate Road,
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-574-3053

 

 

Norman, Oklahoma

They know parents need a space to relax or get some work done while their child is receiving care. At their Norman clinic, they have designed their waiting room with parents in mind, while children will have access to their state-of-the art amenities during their one-on-one sessions with therapists.

2240 36th Avenue NW, Suite 100,
Norman, OK 73072

405-253-0071

For more information visit: https://aimclinics.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post date: 2019-08-20T08:00:00-05:00

 

SHARE is working to facilitate Cabot Medical Care automated Immunization submissions to Arkansas WebIZ.

Little Rock, Arkansas ---August 2019   Beginning in fall of 2018, SHARE and Cabot Medical Care has worked together to bring a new feature to their clinic. They will soon be able to automatically submit immunization records to the Arkansas Immunization Information System (WEBIZ) through SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE).

SHARE has been connected to WEBIZ for the last few years, bringing immunization information to providers treating patients in 75 counties of Arkansas that make up our service area. WEBIZ was built to house complete, accurate, secure, real-time immunization records for the state, providers can access these records when treating their patients to have a comprehensive understanding of their health needs through SHARE. It was the natural connection to assist Cabot Medical Care, who is already contributing data to the HIE, to connect to WEBIZ through SHARE.

By implementing this direct connection, SHARE and Cabot Medical Care is eliminating the need for manual and duplicate entry, saving their providers and nurses time by automating a previously tedious task. Cabot Medical Care is part of one of central Arkansas’ largest family practice group, and through this advancement, their providers, their staff and their patients will reap the benefits.

Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other health care providers in the patients’ chain of health care providers the results they need. With the connection to their eMDs electronic medical record (EMR), Cabot Medical Care is contributing diagnosis, medications, procedures, vitals, demographics and immunizations of their patients to the HIE for their referral partners to access.

SHARE is also routing the Cabot Medical Care provider’s the results of their patients’ lab results, diagnosis, discharge summaries, medications from other facilities that are on a different EMR system into the patient’s chart in their eMDs system. This is also critical in their walk-in sick clinics that is open late and on Saturdays. This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment, and eliminates redundant testing if a patient has been referred to another healthcare provider. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time.

Not all technology improves patient care–that’s why SHARE focuses on providing only the data Cabot Medical Care needs and the right tools to integrate with your workflow and systems, meaning they save time and can focus on what matters most…the patient!

About Cabot Medical Care:  http://www.cabotmed.com/

 

Post date: 2019-08-14T09:02:12-05:00

 

Being connected to SHARE allows Baptist Health Physician Partners to:

  • Access patient information through this secure exchange allowing Baptist Health Physicians Partners to see a more robust picture of the medical histories from over 45 different electronic medical record (EMR Systems), engendering efficient and safe continuity of care
  • Access to 24-hour daily reports when patients that have been admitted/discharged from the Emergency Room and Inpatient Discharges
  • Access SHARE’s robust Provider and Hospital Directory that spans across the United States

 

August 2019 --Little Rock, Arkansas.  State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announces that Baptist Health Physician Partners (BHPP), a clinically integrated network, is now using SHARE, one of the country’s largest and most robust health information exchanges.

A clinical integrated network (CIN) is defined as a collection of health providers, such as physicians, hospitals, and post-acute specialists that join to improve care and reduce costs. As a clinically integrated network, Baptist Health Physician Partners is working with patients, providers and hospitals across the state to improve the health of Arkansans. BHPP is supporting high quality, cost-effective and coordinated care delivered close to home. 

Baptist Health Physician Partners is a physician-driven, physician-led, and physician-managed care delivery strategy that is using SHARE to assist in achieving quality benchmarks such as 30-Day Readmissions, unnecessary use of the emergency room and potentially avoidable inpatient admissions. Through this partnership with SHARE, BHPP receives real-time reports when their patient population is admitted and discharged from the emergency room and inpatient discharged, potentially when their primary care provider’s clinic is open, from a cohort of hospitals that are using different EMR systems.  These daily reports assist in improving transitions of care as well as the quality of care to potential high-risk populations.

Also, through SHARE’s robust provider directory, BHPP has access to secure messaging that allows them to share clinical information— such as clinical care summaries, continuity of care documents (CCDs), referrals, transitions of care documents, immunization records, lab results and images—through secure, encrypted email exchange with other providers and care teams. Most importantly, other providers can send BHPP clinical information instantly.

SHARE continues to be in an intense period of onboarding hospitals, primary care, dentists, pharmacies, behavioral health, long-term care and specialty-care clinics that assist with true interoperability in Arkansas and the nation.

About Baptist Health Physicians Partners

During 2011-2012, Baptist Health worked with a group of 27 Arkansas physicians from across the health system to create a physician led and managed subsidiary, Baptist Health Physician Partners. BHPP is a clinical integration program based on the promise that by working differently with physicians, they can improve clinical outcomes and become more efficient in the ways they deliver care. This idea of physician partnerships was revolutionary in the state of Arkansas.

From 2012 to October of 2016, Baptist Health Physician Partners has grown to 1,000 providers and counting. BHPP has expanded far outside of the system and across the entire state. These 1,000 physicians are working toward one common goal: to improve the quality and lower the cost of healthcare for all Arkansans.

Baptist Health Physician Partners is a physician-driven, physician-led, and physician-managed care delivery strategy. Through partnership with BHPP, physicians have the opportunity to contract collectively with fee-for-service payers and employers for financial incentives based on achievement of quality benchmarks. This quality data is provided by the BHPP IT system: Crimson Analytics.

Crimson Analytics has over 400,000 users and 1,200 hospitals in the United States. This incredible program is of no cost to the physician partners and provides web-based access to quality data. Crimson Analytics provides a continuum of care across all levels of patient care providing quality and efficiency reporting. Crimson Analytics also provides a population risk management tool designed to look in depth at better care for specific patient populations – such as the Baptist Health employee plan.

Everyone in Arkansas can benefit from Baptist Health Physician Partners

Patients

Patients receive consistent, well-rounded, and high-quality care delivered from a trusted source through better and more efficient communication among physicians. 

Physicians

Physicians will be a part of a supportive network of peers and are given the ability to engage in joint contracting with fee-for-service payers for financial incentives based on achievements of quality measures. Physicians have personal access to quality, business intelligence information technology which contains data across the full continuum of care, thus, allowing an opportunity to provide the best possible care to their patients. 

Hospitals

BHPP’s Clinical Integration program will give hospitals the ability to;

  • Demonstrate their quality to current and future patients
  • Enlist physician support for hospital initiatives
  • Reduce costs
  • Avoid readmission and other clinical quality related regulatory penalties
  • Improve performance on hospital pay-for-performance measures.

Learn More about BHPP: https://www.bhpp.net

Post date: 2019-08-09T08:00:00-05:00

SHARE gathers patients’ clinical data from all participating health care providers to instantly give providers a holistic view of their patients’ health history, treatment and progress.  SHARE allows care teams to coordinate patient care with other providers and provides critical information about patients to the entire care coordination team across all stages of care.

Meaningful Use and the shift to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is a part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Since the introduction of MACRA, meaningful use was transitioned into becoming one of four components of MIPS.

MIPS harmonizes existing Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) quality programs (including meaningful use), the Physician Quality Reporting System, and Value-Based Payment Modifiers. MIPS consolidates multiple, quality programs into a single program to improve quality care.

To increase Promoting Interoperability Performance category score (Formerly the Advancing Care Information Performance Category, ACI):

Join SHARE and send data to the Arkansas immunization registry, which can help health care facilities earn the full 10% for this performance measure. The immunization registry reporting measure is the only yes/no performance score measure. 

Measure description: 

The MIPS-eligible clinician is in active engagement with a public health agency to submit immunization data and receive immunization forecasts and histories from the public health immunization registry/immunization information system (IIS).

To increase Improvement Activities category score:

Send care summaries, or continuity of care documents (CCDs), into the SHARE health information exchange, which counts as medium weight activity for the Improvement Activities category (small practices need 2 medium-weighted activities or 1 high-weighted activity). Providers can also sign up for Direct Messaging from SHARE to send care summaries as part of referrals to other direct-enabled providers. 

Measure description: The MIPS-eligible clinician that transitions or refers their patient to another setting of care or health care clinician (1) uses Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) to create a summary of care record; and (2) electronically transmits the summary to a receiving health care clinician for at least one transition of care or referral.

To increase providers' Cost category score:

Join SHARE and receive clinical results on your patients to improve your overall costs and utilization by educating patients on hospital utilization. (The cost category will measure the Medicare Part A and Part B costs of care related to inpatient hospital visits.) Next year, the weight of the cost category will account for 10% of overall MIPS score, so getting started now will be important to prepare for this shift. 

Post date: 2019-08-08T15:25:35-05:00

August 2019 --Little Rock, Arkansas        

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that general surgeon, Dr. Jay Jeffrey MD’s is now using SHARE, one of the country’s largest and most robust health information exchanges (HIE). Dr. Jay Jeffrey MD and his care team now access clinical information across participating entities for patients who have authorized sharing their medical information. This allows them to have accurate patient results from local hospitals that are on different electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use disparate EMR systems, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE enables surgeon Dr. Jay Jeffrey MD to access laboratory results, radiology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries from outside hospitals using his Sevocity EMR System. Dr. Jay Jeffrey MD and his care team can now view the following patient data through SHARE Interface:

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

About Surgeon Dr. Jay R. Jeffrey, MD, FACS:

Dr. Jay Jeffrey is a general surgeon in Batesville, Arkansas and is affiliated with White River Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. His new office is conveniently located on the White River Medical Center campus right behind the hospital at 253 Virginia Drive Batesville, Arkansas. His goal is to provide personalized care to every patient.

Post date: 2019-08-07T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – August 2019 The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE) is connected to King Medical Clinic in Ashdown, Arkansas.

Through this interface connection with SHARE, King Medical Clinic is now able to utilize this technological infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab tests, diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies to its network of healthcare providers. This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment and eliminates redundant testing if a patient is referred to another health care provider.

SHARE is also routing the King Medical Clinic the results of their patients’ lab results, diagnosis, discharge summaries, medications from other facilities, such as Arkansas Children’s Hospital, UAMS, Howard Memorial Hospital, CHI St. Vincent, Arkansas Urology that are on a different electronic medical record (EMR) system into the patient’s chart in their eMDs system.

SHARE aggregates health data from many major health systems and provider practices across the state of Arkansas. The HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

King Medical Clinic is also now able to automatically submit immunization records to the Arkansas Immunization Information System (WEBIZ) through SHARE. By having this connection, duplicate entry of immunizations is eliminated, allowing for the care team to focus on the patient.  The care coordinators at King Medical Clinic are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record (VHR) as well. The SHARE VHR aggregates patients records outside of their eMDs EMR system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting the 72-hour follow-up metric.

About King Medical Clinic:

The goal of the King Medical Clinic is to promote the health of their patients by providing innovative, high-quality, comprehensive, personalized health care. They strive to create a comfortable, compassionate atmosphere that allows patients to feel empowered to address their medical needs and concerns.

Services:

  • Well Childs In-House Immunizations
  • (typical schedule below)
  • 2 days
  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • Annually

Adult Wellness and Lab Work

  • Male
  • Female (pap smears as well)

Other Visit Types

  • Sick Visits
  • Acute Visits
  • Drug Testing
  • Lab
  • X-ray
  • Physicals/Sports Physicals

For more information visit: http://www.kingmd.org/

Post date: 2019-07-31T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – July, 2019 SHARE, the state’s only statewide health information exchange, recently connected to all eleven UAMS Family Medical Center clinics under UAMS Regional Programs that facilitate patient care using Virence Health’s Centricity EMR System in the following cities across Arkansas: Fayetteville, Springdale, Helena, Texarkana, Pine Bluff, Fort Smith, Batesville, Jonesboro, Magnolia.

State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

Through this interface connection with their Virence Health’s Centricity EMR System, UAMS Family Medical Center Clinics’ are now able to utilize the technologically infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications to its network of healthcare providers.  Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other healthcare providers in the patients’ chain of healthcare providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make sound clinical decisions. This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment and eliminates redundant testing if a patient is referred to another healthcare provider.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports notifying the clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting the 72-hour follow-up metric. The care coordinators the UAMS Family Medical Centers across Arkansas are also accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record as well, that aggregates patients record outside of their Centricity EMR System enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, historical history of a patients’ health that assist in better outcomes for the patient.

About UAMS Family Medical Centers Across Arkansas and UAMS Regional Programs

History of Regional Programs

UAMS Regional Programs, formerly Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), were founded in 1973, through combined efforts of the Governor, the State Legislature, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), as a means to encourage UAMS medical school graduates to remain in Arkansas and help address the state’s shortage and uneven distribution of primary care physicians. UAMS Regional Programs serve as an educational outreach network for UAMS and the principal means to decentralize medical and other health professions education throughout the state. Eight teaching centers in Fayetteville/Springdale, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, Magnolia, Helena-West Helena, and Batesville expose future health professionals to underserved communities and provide more varied hands-on experiences than they might receive in a traditional urban, academic environment. What began with medical and residency training 45 years ago now also encompasses nursing, pharmacy, mid-level and allied health professions training, as well as a statewide network for health career pipeline programs, continuing professional education, library resources, patient-centered quality care initiatives, and telehealth connections to cutting-edge medicine. Each center serves a multiple county region.

 Fayetteville Family Medical Center

The UAMS Family Medical Center, Fayetteville provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They not only offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also ongoing treatment for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. They cover all stages of life from pediatric conditions to senior health care. They also offer gynecology and obstetrics services. The clinic provides convenient ancillary and support services on site. They are also able to perform minor office surgical procedures in clinic. They offer many tests in house including, pregnancy, strep, flu, mononucleosis and TB skin. Their clinic also provides quality training experiences to ensure that medical staff members are educated to serve residents of Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas in the future. Their caring and compassionate staff serves a six-county region that includes Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Washington.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/fayetteville-family-medical-center/

Fayetteville Outpatient Therapy Clinic

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northwest Outpatient Therapy Clinic, opened in fall 2014, offers comprehensive rehabilitation therapy — including physical, occupational and speech. Experienced therapists, access to top-of-the-line therapeutic devices and a newly renovated 2,735-square-foot clinic space improve access to therapy services for older patients, veterans, athletes, those with chronic conditions or patient recovering from injuries affecting mobility or speech. The clinic is conveniently located in the heart of Fayetteville on the regional campus of UAMS, the state’s only academic health sciences center. The clinic’s goal is to provide effective, evidence-based outpatient therapy for patients with a variety of diagnoses, including functional deficits due to neurological disease (including post-stroke, Parkinson’s disease or vestibular dysfunction), neck and back pain, injury or amputations.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/fayetteville-outpatient-therapy-clinic/

Fort Smith Family Medical Center

The UAMS Family Medical Center, Fort Smith provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They not only offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also on-going treatment for chronic conditions such as asthmadiabetes, hypertension and arthritis. The clinics’ services also extend to annual physicals and wellness visits including well woman and well child visits. They cover pediatric conditions to senior health care with both child and adult immunizations. They also offer women’s health and maternity care services. Their highly-trained doctors in Fort Smith provide care for women before, during and after pregnancy. They also provide cancer screenings from colonoscopies for colon cancer to cervical cancer screenings. The center contains 48 examination rooms. They have convenient walk-in visits for their patients. Their facility in Fort Smith also includes a minor surgical suite and gynecology procedure rooms. Conveniently, they have an in-house laboratory and digital x-ray services. The clinic has an electro cardiographic monitoring system, OB ultrasound, fetal monitor and radio surgical and cryotherapy units.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/fort-smith-family-medical-center/

Jonesboro Family Medical Center

The UAMS Family Medical Center, Jonesboro provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They not only offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also ongoing treatment for chronic conditions such as asthmadiabetes, hypertension and arthritis. They cover all stages of life from pediatric conditions to senior health care. They also offer gynecology and obstetric services. The clinic provides convenient diagnostic and support services on site. They are also able to perform minor office surgical procedures in clinic. They offer routine adult and pediatric immunizations. Their caring and compassionate staff serves an 11-county region that includes: Clay, Craighead, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph and Woodruff.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/jonesboro-family-medical-center/

Magnolia Family Medical Center

The UAMS Family Medical Center, Magnolia provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They not only offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also ongoing treatment for chronic conditions such as asthmadiabetes, hypertension and arthritis. They also offer gynecology and obstetrics services. Whether you are getting ready to expand your family or just need an annual exam, their doctors can help. Their clinic in Magnolia brings world-class medicine to you locally. Their highly-trained doctors and nurses can treat the entire family. They cover all stages of life from pediatric conditions to senior health care. Their caring and compassionate staff serves a seven-county region that includes: Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Columbia, Dallas, Ouachita and Union.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/magnolia-family-medical-center/

 North Central Family Medical Center

The UAMS North Central Family Medicine Center provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They not only offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also ongoing treatment for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. They cover all stages of life from pediatric conditions to senior health care. The clinic provides convenient diagnostic and support services on site. They are also able to perform minor office surgical procedures in clinic. They offer routine adult and pediatric immunizations. Their caring and compassionate staff serves an 11-county region that includes: Marion, Baxter, Fulton, Sharp, Searcy, Van Buren, Stone, Cleburne, Izard, Independence, and White.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/north-central-family-medical-center/

Pine Bluff Family Medical Center

The UAMS Family Medical Center, Pine Bluff provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They not only offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also ongoing treatment for chronic conditions such as asthmadiabetes, hypertension and arthritis. They cover all stages of life from pediatric conditions to senior health care. UAMS South Central offers two family medicine clinics, the UAMS South Central Family Medical Center and UAMS Justiss-Lindsey Family Clinic. The clinics provide convenient diagnostic and support services on site. They can perform minor office surgical procedures. In addition, this clinic offers a variety of tests in house. They also focus on preventive care to help patients before they need complex testing or procedures. Their caring and compassionate staff serves an 11-county region that includes: Arkansas, Cleveland, Drew, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Prairie and Saline.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/pine-bluff-family-medical-center/

Springdale Family Medical Center

The UAMS Family Medical Center, Springdale provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They not only offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also ongoing treatment for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. They cover all stages of life from pediatric conditions to senior health care. They also offer gynecology and obstetric services. The clinic provides convenient ancillary and support services on site. They are also able to perform minor office surgical procedures in clinic. They offer many tests in house including, pregnancy, strep, flu, mononucleosis and TB skin. Their clinic also provides quality training experiences to ensure that medical staff members are educated to serve residents of Springdale and Northwest Arkansas in the future. Their caring and compassionate staff serves a six-county region.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/springdale-family-medical-center/

Texarkana All for Kids Pediatric Clinic

At the UAMS Southwest “All for Kids” Pediatrics Clinic in Texarkana, they understand the importance of having some place you trust to take your kids. And they know patients are looking for the best medical care, and that’s why their staff provides personalized treatment for all their patients. Their Family doctors are trained in all areas of medicine to provide medical care to patients of all ages. Their doctors know your family’s medical history and how it can affect you. Family doctors are also trained in preventive medicine to help you be proactive in taking care of your health. Their clinic provides primary care medical services and chronic disease management for your children. They also provide quality training experiences to ensure that medical staff members are educated to serve residents of Texarkana and Southwest Arkansas in the future. Their caring and compassionate medical staff serves a nine-county region: Clark, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Pike and Sevier.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/texarkana-all-for-kids-pediatric-clinic/

Texarkana Family Medical Center

The UAMS Family Medical Center, Texarkana provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They not only offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also ongoing treatment for chronic conditions such as asthmadiabetes, hypertension and arthritis. They cover all stages of life from pediatric conditions to senior health care. They also offer gynecology and obstetric services. The clinic provides convenient diagnostic and support They offer minor office surgical procedures, pulmonary function testing, joint injections and electrocardiograms. Their clinic also handles routine adult and pediatric immunizations and physicals. Their family doctors are also trained in preventive medicine to help patients be proactive in taking care of your health. They have a Community Outreach and Education Department that works to help educate patients about their health care and alleviate barriers, concentrating on specific health risks and steps they can take to avoid or reduce them. Their caring and compassionate medical staff serves a nine-county region: Clark, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Miller, Nevada, Pike and Sevier.

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/texarkana-family-medical-center/

UAMS East Family Medical Center

The UAMS East Family Medical Center provides many services for all ages.  They treat acute and chronic conditions, including asthma, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis.  Their providers are educated on the latest treatments available and will provide personalized care to you and your family members. They can perform minor surgical procedures in clinic and provide adult and pediatric immunizations. Their clinic uses a local diagnostic lab and other support services. COUNTIES COVERED: Phillips, Lee, Monroe, St. Francis, Crittenden, Chicot, and Desha. Patients from Mississippi are welcome!

Learn more about them at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/clinic/uams-east-family-medical-center/

Post date: 2019-07-30T08:00:00-05:00

 

SHARE is facilitating TLC Pediatrics automated immunization submissions to Arkansas WebIZ.

Little Rock, Arkansas ---July 2019 SHARE has been connected to the Arkansas Immunization Registry (WEBIZ) for the last few years, bringing immunization information to providers treating patients in all 75 counties of Arkansas that make up our service area. WEBIZ was built to house complete, accurate, secure, real-time immunization records for the state, providers can access these records when treating their patients to have a comprehensive understanding of their health needs through SHARE.

SHARE and TLC Pediatrics have worked together to bring this new feature to their clinic. They are now able to automatically submit immunization records to the Arkansas Immunization Information System (WEBIZ) through SHARE, the only statewide health information exchange (HIE).

By implementing this direct connection, SHARE and TLC Pediatrics are eliminating the need for manual and duplicate entry, saving their pediatricians, nurses and care team time by automating a previously tedious task.

Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other healthcare providers in the patients’ chain of healthcare providers the results they need. With the connection to their eMDs electronic medical record (EMR), TLC Pediatrics is currently contributing a patients’ diagnosis, medications, procedures, vitals, demographics and immunizations of their patients to the HIE for their referral partners to access.

SHARE is also routing the TLC Pediatrics pediatricians the results of their patients’ such as lab results, diagnosis, discharge summaries, medications from other facilities that are on a different

EMR system into the patient’s chart in their eMDs system. This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment, and eliminates redundant testing if a patient has been referred to another healthcare provider.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24-hour daily reports notifying the pediatricians and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time.

TLC Pediatrics of Conway offers the following services:

  • Comprehensive care from newborn through 17 years
  • Health education for children and their families
  • Preventative healthcare
  • Immunizations
  • Well child check-ups
  • School, sports and camp physicals

TLC Pediatrics is located at 955 Carolyn Lane in Conway, Arkansas. They are available by phone at 501.327.2444. Their business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  After hours call 501-329-1199. 

Learn more about TLC Pediatrics here: http://www.tlcpedsconway.com/

 

Post date: 2019-07-12T09:00:00-05:00

SHARE is working to facilitate Jacksonville Medical Care automated submissions to Arkansas WebIZ.

Little Rock, Arkansas ---July 2019. Beginning in fall of 2018, SHARE and Jacksonville Medical Care have worked together to bring a new feature to their clinic. They will soon be able to automatically submit immunization records to the Arkansas Immunization Information System (WEBIZ) through SHARE, the only statewide health information exchange (HIE).

SHARE has been connected to WEBIZ for the last few years, bringing immunization information to providers treating patients in 75 counties of Arkansas that make up our service area. WEBIZ was built to house complete, accurate, secure, real-time immunization records for the state, providers can access these records when treating their patients to have a comprehensive understanding of their health needs through SHARE. It was the natural connection to assist Jacksonville Medical Care, who is already contributing data to the HIE, to connect to WEBIZ through SHARE.

 By implementing this direct connection, SHARE and Jacksonville Medical Care are eliminating the need for manual and duplicate entry, saving their providers and nurses time by automating a previously tedious task. Jacksonville Medical Care is central Arkansas’s largest family practice group, and through this advancement, their providers, their staff and their patients will reap the benefits.

Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other healthcare providers in the patients’ chain of healthcare providers the results they need. With the connection to their eMDs electronic medical record (EMR), Jacksonville Medical Care is contributing diagnosis, medications, procedures, vitals, demographics and immunizations of their patients to the HIE for their referral partners to access.

SHARE is also routing the Jacksonville Medical Care provider’s the results of their patients’ such as lab results, diagnosis, discharge summaries, medications from other facilities that are on a different EMR system into the patient’s chart in their eMDs system. This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment, and eliminates redundant testing if a patient has been referred to another healthcare provider. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time.

Not all technology improves patient care–that’s why SHARE focuses on providing only the data Jacksonville Medical Care needs and the right tools to integrate with their workflow and systems, meaning they save time and can focus on what matters most…the patient!

About Jacksonville Medical Care

Mission: To provide high quality, comprehensive, and compassionate family-centered medical care, in an atmosphere of integrity and mutual respect between physicians, patients, and staff.

They are a team of physicians with over 300 years combined experience in Central Arkansas’s largest family practice group. Families in their community have trusted them with their healthcare needs for generations. They are home to an amazing staff dedicated to superior patient care and the health of our community. They take pride in providing occupational medicine services to businesses in their area because they believe a healthy workforce enriches our community.

Services Include: General Medicine

  • Routine Physical (including pap smear)
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • Cancer screening
  • Heart Disease
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Stress treadmill
  • Pulmonary Function Tests
  • EKG
  • Work physicals
  • GERD (acid reflux)
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infection
  • STD screening

Urgent Care

  • Sprains and strains
  • Lacerations needing stitches
  • Simple fractures
  • Ear, eye, and throat infections
  • Colds and Flu
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Skin infection
  • Sunburn

Psychiatry

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Smoking Cessation

Learn more about Jacksonville Medical Care here: https://www.jacksonvillemedicalcare.com

Post date: 2019-07-11T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – July, 2019  SHARE, the Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE), recently connected to Forrest City Family Practice Clinic, Dr. George Conner MD Clinic in Forrest City, Arkansas.

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

This type of continued collaboration is what SHARE is working on by connecting innovative family medicine practices, such as Forrest City Family Practice Clinic to the statewide HIE,” said HIT Policy Integrator Justin Villines.  “The healthcare ecosystem continues to need these types of interactions that can lead to some really innovative partnerships that help increase how we can better deliver health care to Arkansas patients,” said Villines.

Through this interface connection with Athena electronic medical record (EMR) system, Forrest City Family Practice Clinic is now able to utilize the HIE infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications, immunizations, progress notes to its network of healthcare providers.  Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in the patients’ chain of healthcare providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make better clinical decisions. Connections like this continues to aid in better diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment and eliminates redundant testing when a patient is referred to another healthcare provider.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports delivered through SHARE’s DirectTrust Secure Messaging, notifying Dr. George Conner MD and other care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting their 72-hour follow-up metric. The clinics’ care team at Forrest City Family Practice Clinic is also accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record, that aggregates patients record outside of their system of Athena EMR system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

About Dr. George Conner, MD --Forrest City Family Practice Clinic:

Dr. George L Conner III, MD, is a Family Practice specialist in Forrest City, Arkansas. He attended and graduated from University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1984, having over 35 years of diverse experience, especially in Family Practice. Dr. George Conner is affiliated with Forrest City Medical Center in Forrest City, Arkansas. George L Conner III, MD treats physical symptoms, prescribe medications, diagnose conditions and much more.

Post date: 2019-07-10T09:00:00-05:00

 

July 2019 --Little Rock, Arkansas The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that Baker Healthcare is now using SHARE, one of the country’s largest and most robust health information exchanges (HIEs). Baker HealthCare care teams now have access to clinical information across participating entities for patients who have authorized sharing their medical information. This allows them to have accurate supplies, equipment and products for their patients that range from children to adults.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use different electronic health record (HER) systems, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE enables Baker HealthCare to access the exchange to better coordinate with providers and patients throughout Northeast Arkansas.

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows Baker HealthCare significant access to better coordination with hospitals, family doctors and pediatricians across the state to see a more complete picture of their patients’ medical histories, efficient and safe continuity of care.  By accessing the Virtual Health Record (VHR), it displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. The VHR retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history.

Baker HealthCare can now view the following patient data through SHARE’s VHR:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographic and Insurance information
  • Laboratory results
  • Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Continuity of Care Documents
  • Progress Notes

Using the VHR option, Baker HealthCare has an up-to-the-minute view of a patient’s health history at the point of care. This puts the power of information and collaboration in the hands of the healthcare team—enabling more accurate, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

About Baker HealthCare

Baker Healthcare is an enrolled supplier in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is located at 824 Cobb St, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401. Baker Healthcare supplies equipment’s and products such as Infusion Pumps: Implantable & Uninterrupted, Hospital Beds: Manual & Pediatric, Hospital Beds: Total Electric & Pediatric, Blood Glucose Monitors & Supplies: Mail Order, Dynamic Splints, Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) Devices, Enteral Nutrients, Equipment and Supplies, Blood Glucose Monitors & Supplies: Non-Mail Order, etc.

Post date: 2019-07-09T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – July, 2019          Autumn Road Family Practice is a large independent practice in Little Rock, Arkansas that is connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE).  Through this integration with their Allscripts EHR system, Autumn Road queries SHARE for any patient data outside of their local EHR environment. The sophisticated querying of the health information exchange (HIE) brings in patient health data from outside their clinic in a single continuity of care document (CCD) to help manage their patients.

This patient data includes admission, discharge and transfer data, lab results, radiology reports, immunizations, progress notes, pathology reports, discharge summaries, medications, emergency room visits and vitals.  From this one customized, easy-to-use interface, Autumn Road Family Practice can manage their patients’ clinical care better. SHARE is the only statewide HIE in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

Being an independent practice doesn’t mean things are simpler. They deal with the same complexities and changes facing the industry, often with fewer resources to help adapt. By the connection to SHARE and our fully integrated clinical solution, makes it easy for Autumn Road Family Practice to reach a new level in care delivery.

To better track and securely share patients’ complete medical histories, more and more health care providers are participating in HIE. HIE’s helps facilitate coordinated patient care, reduce duplicative treatments and avoid costly mistakes. This practice is growing among health providers because the need for HIE is clear and the HIE benefits are significant. A few examples of HIE benefits include:

  • Improve patient safety by reducing medication and medical errors
  • Increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary paperwork and handling
  • Eliminate redundant or unnecessary testing
  • Improve healthcare quality and outcomes
  • Reduce health related costs

One of SHARE’s primary goals is to provide the right data, to the right provider at the right time to reform the health care delivery system. In other words, care coordination. We complement the services of hospitals and providers by providing a patient-centric solution that allows providers to view the medical records of patients across the continuum of care. With a patient’s consent, doctors at hospitals, emergency departments, nursing homes or provider offices can look up medical records from any participating organization. SHARE can immediately alert doctors when their patient is in the emergency room or admitted to the hospital.

SHARE does this by securely collecting clinical data from providers’ EHRs, aggregating the data, indexing it and cataloging it by type. That data includes patient events, such as emergency department or hospital admissions, doctor’s notes, laboratory results, radiology reports, medications, medical images and care summaries. It then makes this data available to treating providers. The treating provider either uses the HIE portal called SHARE Virtual Health Record Chart or the practice’s EHR, which can query the HIE directly. In this way, an HIE provides a secure statewide network of a patient’s clinical data, saving time and money while providing the best care possible.

About Autumn Road Family Practice:

Autumn Road Family Practice has been in business for over 50 years with more than 130 years of combined primary care physician expertise. They are a private, independently-owned practice of Family Practice residency-trained physicians with established working relationships with area hospitals and physicians.

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 their physicians at all times, flexible scheduling so that their patients can be seen the same day if needed and patient access to their medical record on-line. Lab, x-ray, and bone density are conveniently located on-site.

Their experienced and professional staff are committed to providing comprehensive and quality health care. With expanded hours (Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.); and, a convenient location in West Little Rock near the I-430 / I-630 interchange, they provide their patients with easy access to care.

Dr. Philip Pounders, Dr. Linda Rollins, Dr. Joel Tumlison, Dr. Daniel Hardin, Dr. Erin Hekmatpour and Dr. Dan Watson are general practitioners in the medical discipline of Family Practice along with thier Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Atalie Sessions, APRN. Their providers’ training and experience qualify them to practice in several fields of medicine focused on prevention as well as treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, including minor office surgery.

Find out more about Autumn Road Family Practice here: https://www.autumnroadfamilypractice.com

Post date: 2019-07-08T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, AR July 2019.    Health care providers in Van Buren County and surrounding north central communities continue to securely access patient health records from Ozark Health Medical Center located in Clinton, Arkansas through SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE). The data sharing builds a more complete medical record for communities and individuals. With the connection to the HIE, it results in fewer repeated tests, better diagnosis and monitoring of chronic conditions and a more comprehensive patient health record.

The continued collaboration with partners such as Ozark Health Medical Center reflects that coordinated care is expanding across a much wider spectrum of facilities.  Ozark Health Medical Center, that serves north central Arkansas and surrounding communities is committed to delivering efficient and effective healthcare. SHARE supports the physician-patient relationship while providing critical, timely clinical data that promotes quality health care, identification of health disparities, health care transparency and health care access to support patient care and physician-patient relationships.

Ozark Health Medical Center is home to Ozark Health Specialty Clinic, a nursing and therapy center that serves the growing needs of their community. Sharing timely clinical patient information, such as admission, discharge and transfer information, lab results, radiology results, progress notes, medications, immunizations and discharge summaries among physicians outside of the hospital with disparate EHRs relies upon a connection to an HIE. Through the connection with Ozark Health Medical Center, HIE participants can access patient data where the patient received care. Sharing of this timely information will improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies and improve patient safety.

SHARE’s mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the state’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

SHARE’s approach uniquely positions it to help physicians, other healthcare providers, integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and others seeking to improve patient outcomes. Patients benefit from fewer repeated tests, missing records and errors, while receiving more informed care during office visits and emergencies.

About Ozark Health Medical Center:

Ozark Health is a fully operational, professionally staffed hospital and nursing home located in Clinton, Arkansas. The 100,000 sq. ft., complex offers:

  • A 25 bed critical access hospital
  • A 132 bed long-term care nursing home
  • 2 state-of-the-art surgical theaters
  • A 7 bed, ultra-modern 24/7 emergency room with full triage
  • The very latest in state-of-the-art medical technology and equipment including MRI, digital radiology, CT scan, ultrasound and mammography. Ozark Health is committed to providing the very best health care possible to the residents of North Central Arkansas Ozark Health is a non-profit organization consisting of a hospital, and a nursing center attached to the hospital.

Ozark Health is a locally owned and operated health system providing hospital, long-term care & home health services. To provide the best healthcare their team of healthcare professionals are guided by the Ozark Health mission and values.

Mission – Always provide outstanding healthcare

Values – Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Service, Professionalism, Education, Compassion and Teamwork

Learn more about OHMC: https://www.ozarkhealth.net

Post date: 2019-06-21T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019          

Community Physicians Group (CPG), a large group of nine practices, throughout Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma, have connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). SHARE is the only statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

Community Physicians Group is committed to delivering high-quality care in a professional and caring environment to improve the health and well-being of their patients. By connecting with SHARE, Community Physicians Group expects to further this commitment by exchanging information more efficiently with referring physicians and providing their doctors, nurses and healthcare teams with the patient information they need at the point of care.

CPGs’ nine practice locations are now live with SHARE, which features a robust patient search functionality that lets providers quickly, query and response mechanism, access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more. This includes records such as continuity of care documents (CCDs), medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, medications and allergies.

Through this integration with their eClinicalWorks (eCW) EMR system, CPG queries SHARE for any patient data outside of their local EMR environment using xds.b protocol. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports on all of their patients, regardless of insurance provider, when they are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real-time.

Community Physicians Group (CPG) locations include the following:

“We are pleased to welcome Community Physicians Group, one of the Arkansas and Oklahoma’s leading practices, to SHARE,” said Anne Santifer, executive director of SHARE. “This connection helps facilitate the seamless and secure exchange of patient health information with Arkansas and Oklahoma’s health systems, hospitals and physicians. This delivers substantial benefits for patients, referring physicians and the CPG practices,” said Santifer.

About Community Physicians Group:

They are dedicated to providing their patients the most advanced, comprehensive medical care available. They believe their precise combination of highly skilled staff, leading-edge technology and time-proven treatment methods will give patients the confidence that they are receiving the highest standard of care possible. Their practices continuously strive to stay on the cutting-edge of the latest advancements in family medicine. They offer a wide range of services for patients of all ages

Mission Statement

Community Physicians Group comprises a progressive medical team dedicated to providing compassionate, efficient, quality, primary healthcare to the patients and communities we serve.

CPG Values

Integrity

In all interactions CPG will practice the highest ethical standards while treating all with respect and dignity.

Patient Centered

Provide access to compassionate care promoting physical, emotional and spiritual health of patients.

Quality

 Focus on value and excellence in healthcare through continuing education, performance improvements and applications of technology.  

Accountability

Practice responsibility to each other and communities through sound business and wise resource management.  

Quality of Life

Create a rewarding work environment for CPG employees and physicians, which support the family. 

Community

Participate as an involved citizen of the community serving the common good with health promotion and advocacy. 

Adaptability

Anticipate, explore, and utilize innovations in the delivery of healthcare.

Community Physicians Group Services

Post date: 2019-06-20T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019 SHARE, the state’s only statewide health information exchange, recently connected to Bray Family Medicine in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.Through this interface connection with their Athena EMR, Bray Family Medicine is now able to utilize the technologically infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications to its network of healthcare providers.  Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other healthcare providers in the patients’ chain of healthcare providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make sound clinical decisions. This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment, and eliminates redundant testing if a patient is referred to another healthcare provider.

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting the 72-hour follow-up metric. The care coordinators at Bray Family Medicine are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record as well, that aggregates patients record outside of their system of Athena EMR system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

This is exactly the kind of collaboration SHARE had hoped would be happening by connecting innovative family medicine practices, such as Bray Family Medicine to the statewide HIE,” said HIT Policy Integrator Justin Villines.  “The healthcare ecosystem is built to foster these types of interactions that might not happen elsewhere. It can lead to some really progressive partnerships that help increase our understanding of how we can better deliver health care,” said Villines.

About Bray Family Medicine:

MISSION: Their mission is to improve and deliver health care and overall well-being to the people of the community with superior patient service in a peaceful, warm environment that shares the love of Christ. They are committed to promoting health, well-being and disease prevention to all patients.  They do not discriminate in the provision of excellence care and treat all patients with dignity and respect.

BRAY FAMILY MEDICINE SERVICES

The providers at Bray Family Medicine are committed to providing comprehensive medical care for your entire family.  They take care of patients of all ages, from infants to seniors.

 

Management of acute illness

Management of chronic illness (diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, lung disease, etc.)

  Adult wellness exams

Medicare wellness visits

Pediatric checkups

Immunizations

  Weight loss solutions

  DOT physicals

  Full-time, on-site counseling services for individuals, families and groups

Comprehensive laboratory testing

  X-rays in office

Dermatological procedures: Removal of skin cancers, moles, skin tags, cysts, boils/abscesses, and other bothersome skin lesions.  Warts are destroyed using freezing treatments.  Stitches, staples or glue is used to repair lacerations/cuts.  They also assist with the management of post-surgical wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, wounds related to chronic swelling and many other skin issues.

For more information visit: https://www.brayfamilymed.com

Post date: 2019-06-17T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019   SHARE is connected to Highlands Oncology Group (HOG) in Northwest Arkansas.  With 4 locations, their doctors have been providing excellence in cancer care in Northwest Arkansas for decades. Their comprehensive program enables patients to see multiple specialists and support services all under one roof at their convenient locations in Rogers and Fayetteville, Arkansas. They serve the entire Northwest Arkansas, South West Missouri, South East Oklahoma regions.

They are setting the bar for cancer treatment in their region and see patients from Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Bella Vista, and all surrounding communities. Highlands Oncology Group provides chemotherapy, radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, counseling, C.A.R.E. clinic (cancer assessment and risk education), infusion center, physical therapy, cancer treatment and surgeries.

Population-based cancer surveillance is critical in North America for cancer control activities aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States. The Arkansas Central Cancer Registry (ACCR) is a population-based registry designed to collect timely and complete data on all cancer cases diagnosed in the state. Highlands Oncology Group locations are implementing their cancer data to go through the SHARE cancer registry interface to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Cancer Registry. By having this connection, SHARE is assisting the clinics in meeting the Promoting Interoperability Program (formally Meaningful Use) requirements as well as Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

The Highlands Oncology Group clinics locations are live with sharing data through an interface with their Flatiron EMR system. This allows their referral providers to quickly access patient health data such as; conditions, diagnosis, medical history, social determinants of health (SDOH), medications, vitals and allergies in a secure and efficient manner.

The care coordinators at clinic locations are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record that aggregates patients record outside of their system of local EMR system and enables a more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death behind heart disease in Arkansas. The most frequently diagnosed cancers in the state include lung, colorectal, breast cancer among women, and prostate cancer among men. It is important for SHARE to connect to the Arkansas Central Cancer Registry so that the Arkansas Department of Health can collect cancer information. This information can be used for surveillance to conduct cancer investigations, to assist initiatives for early detection and prevention, and to supply data for research and policy endeavors.

Highlands Oncology Group’s four clinical sites employ 400 staff members who collectively see nearly 6,000 patients each year. Among the staff are 11 medical oncologists, three radiation oncologists, two supportive care physicians, two surgeons, four social workers, two physical therapists, two massage therapists, 52 registered nurses, and one genetic counselor—all directly employed by Highlands. Four oncology pharmacists work in two specialty pharmacies, and a third pharmacy is opening in 2020.

The two largest sites—a 50,000-foot facility in Rogers, Arkansas, and a 20,000-foot facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas—offer multidisciplinary services for all major cancer types. Highlands also has a separate facility for surgical oncology—gynecological and colorectal—in addition to a building for the lung cancer screening program and the Center for Chest Care. Highlands Oncology Group- Springdale is planned on being opened in 2020.

About Highlands Oncology Group:

Their doctors have been providing excellence in cancer care in Northwest Arkansas for decades. Their comprehensive program enables patients to see multiple specialists and support services all under one roof at their convenient locations in Rogers, Arkansas or Fayetteville, Arkansas. They serve the entire Northwest Arkansas, SW Missouri, SE Oklahoma regions. They are proud to set the bar for cancer treatment in their region and see patients from Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Bella Vista, and all surrounding communities.

Certifications

American College of Radiology: ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. Since 1987, the ACR has accredited more than 38,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities. ACR accreditation helps assure patients that this facility provides the highest level of image quality and safety.

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). In total, CLIA covers approximately 251,000 laboratory entities. The Division of Laboratory Services, within the Survey and Certification Group, under the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) has the responsibility for implementing the CLIA Program. The objective of the CLIA program is to ensure quality laboratory testing. Although all clinical laboratories must be properly certified to receive Medicare or Medicaid payments, CLIA has no direct Medicare or Medicaid program responsibilities.

Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence: The National Framework for Lung Cancer Screening Excellence and Continuum of Care is a program administered by the Lung Cancer Alliance. For more information about the Lung Cancer Alliance, visit their website at lungcanceralliance.org.

Klose Training Lypmhedema Certification: A lymphedema certification course that trains therapists to safely and effectively treat patients with lymphatic disorders. Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the standard of care for the treatment of primary and secondary lymphedema.

Oncology Certified Nurses Certification: OCN certification is a validation of a nurse’s knowledge in adult oncology. Highlands Oncology Group has several nurses with this certification.

Da Vinci Surgical System: Dr. Joseph J. Ivy, board certified OB/GYN, is a nationally recognized expert in minimally invasive gynecologic cancer surgery using the Da Vinci surgical system. He is a certified surgeon lead trainer for robotic surgery and has the state’s largest clinical experience with robotic gynecologic oncology procedures.

For more information visit: https://highlandsoncologygroup.com

Post date: 2019-06-14T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is connected to NEA Baptist, a group of primary care, urgent care and multi-specialty care clinics. NEA Baptist Clinic is located in the Jonesboro, Arkansas area. NEA Baptist Clinic is part of the continued connection of independent and hospital based practices to connect to the SHARE network.

SHARE aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. HIEs like SHARE are designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

The NEA Baptist Clinic locations are live with sharing data through an interface with their EPIC EHR system. This allows their referral providers to quickly access patient health data such as; diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies in a secure, efficient manner.

SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting the 72-hour follow-up metric. The care coordinators at NEA Baptist Clinic locations are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record that aggregates patients record outside of their system of EPIC enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

NEA Baptist Clinic locations are also sending their immunizations through SHARE to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Immunization Registry. Through this interface the clinics are then able to query through SHARE for any immunizations that were given to their patients outside their respective clinic and bring the patients immunizations record back into their EPIC EHR system. By having this connection, SHARE is assisting the clinics in meeting the Promoting Interoperability Program (formally Meaningful Use) requirements as well as Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

SHARE is connected to the following NEA Baptist Clinic primary care, multi-specialty care and urgent care clinics throughout the Jonesboro area and Northeast Arkansas.

The health IT solutions will enable providers to exchange sensitive and critical patient health information through the HIE for improved clinical efficiency and care quality. The EHR-integrated solution is part of the HIE’s efforts to ensure providers have access to relevant health information wherever they need it at the point of care.

About NEA Baptist Clinic:

In 1977, NEA Clinic was formed as a single practice with a moderate number of physicians and subspecialties. Their founders include Dr. Ray Hall, Dr. Michael Mackey, Dr. Robert Taylor, Dr. Michael Hightower, Dr. Stephen Woodruff, Dr. Anthony White, Dr. William Hubbard, Dr. Ronald Blachly, Dr. Michael Isaacson, Dr. Allen Nixon, and the late Dr. Hank Jordan. Since forming in 1977, NEA Baptist Clinic has become a multi-specialty, award-winning clinic and partner with NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. They have become a leader in clinical research and key provider of medical specialty services with hundreds of thousands of clinic visits each year.

Their 2010 merger with Baptist Memorial Health Care out of Memphis, TN was a strategic step toward providing for the long-term well-being of their community. Their progress includes the construction and completion of their new medical campus that opened January 2014. The campus is comprised of the 181-bed NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, adjoining medical office building housing the specialty offices of NEA Baptist Clinic, and the first of its kind, free standing Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care.

Their Mission: NEA Baptist Clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive, personalized, quality healthcare for our patients throughout the Northeast Arkansas region.

For more information visit: https://neabaptistclinic.com

Post date: 2019-06-11T08:00:45-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019 The Arkansas health information exchange (HIE), State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is now connected to HASA Health Information Organization. Through this connection SHARE and HASA are now exchanging admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) notifications for patients who live in Arkansas and Texas. Moving in a phased approach, in the future, of sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) based on the patient’s home of record.

This announcement comes after the two HIEs successfully exchanged ADTs via the Patient Centered Data Home Initiative (PCDH), as both HIEs are members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC).  This is an important achievement to the benefit of patients in both states. “It is a great milestone for both SHARE and HASA and we’re happy to implement a solution that allows health care providers and hospitals to connect across state borders and in the future be able to query for a patients’ results in the format of a CCD in a HIPAA compliant secure environment,” says Robert Harris, IT Director of HASA.

The following facilities are now connected sending ADTs to SHARE through HASA based on the patient’s zip code in Arkansas:

 

This connection with HASA will assist in improved transitions of care for patients who cross the state line. Our collaboration as neighboring states will help providers and hospitals better communicate with one another and to better coordinate patient care while assisting in reducing hospital readmissions regardless of state borders.

Natural disasters, like flooding and tornados in Arkansas and Texas, present challenges to health systems and providers not only in areas directly impacted, but also to those in neighboring regions who treat patients displaced by the disaster. One of the greatest issues is access to patient records. HIEs are playing a key role in transmitting patient data when and where providers need it most. In the near future, through this connection, both HIEs will be able to seamlessly deliver patient health information like CCDs to include demographics, laboratory results, radiology reports, progress reports and discharge summaries across each state’s border based on the patient’s home of record through the PCDH initiative.

“As the health care landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a pivotal part in providing data that fuels innovation nationwide. SHARE and HASA are working together to contribute to these efforts such as improving population health, assisting in values based programs, natural disasters and assisting with payer relations, among other efforts,” says Anne Santifer, Executive Director, SHARE.

About State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE):

Mission is to advance secure connectivity and serve as a sustainable, interoperable data exchange platform for health-related operations.

Vision is to provide a mechanism through which individuals, health care providers, and health organizations can electronically share health-related information to facilitate and strengthen the delivery of healthcare throughout Arkansas. This is designed to lead to improved patient care, informed individual health decisions, better public health outcomes, and cost-effective use of healthcare resources. SHARE is expected to achieve broad acceptance, credibility, and access by employing advanced technologies that ensure efficiency, privacy, and security and continuously evolve to serve Arkansans more effectively.

For more information, visit:  SHAREarkansas.com

About HASA:

Mission: HASA offers value-based, patient-centered information services intended to improve the health status of individuals and the communities it serves. As a 501(c)3 community collaborative, HASA fosters trust, cooperation and communication among its stakeholders.

Vision: Through its stakeholders, HASA offers resources, expertise and counsel to achieve the highest level of health information exchange in the State and Country.

Value: HASA stakeholders and members agree to enhance community health status through a collaborative health information exchange, ensuring that patient privacy and data security is paramount. Members agree to exchange appropriate patient information to enhance care transparency. HASA stakeholders and members commit to support and abide by established standards and conditions of data integrity and data exchange. HASA Stakeholders support the sustainability of the organization through the promotion of fee-for-service programs and alternate funding opportunities.

For more information, visit:  https://www.hasatx.org

Post date: 2019-06-06T10:13:41-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas –  June, 2019.  Right now, an estimated 6.7 million Americans are suffering with chronic, non-healing wounds.  With this problem at hand, the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds by observing Wound Care Awareness Week June 3-7.  SHARE is connected to many primary care and specialty care physicians and clinics that are educating patients and the public about the chronic wound epidemic and advanced wound care solutions.

The Problem: Millions of people throughout the U.S. suffer every day from an epidemic that is expected to grow over the next decade:  Chronic wounds. This problem drastically affects people by diminishing their overall quality of life and potentially decreasing life expectancy if left untreated. Not only are wounds painful, dangerous and scary, but it is also estimated that wounds cost the healthcare industry over $50 billion a year according to Healogics.

Non-healing wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the amount is expected to rise at a rate of two percent annually over the next decade. An aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and vascular disease, contribute to the chronic wound epidemic. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb according to Healogics. Approximately 30 percent of untreated chronic wounds result in amputation. Five years’ post-amputation the mortality rate is 50 percent.

The collaborative specialty care clinic partners below are working to create a better state of health for Arkansas. With better data exchange such as admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, pathology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions are assisting care teams across Arkansas in better care coordination and transitions of care.

Continued collaboration with the Statewide Health Information Exchange reflects that coordinated care is extending across a much wider spectrum of facilities than ever before.  SHARE’s mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the State’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

Post date: 2019-06-03T08:43:31-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas June 2019 – The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announces a continued partnership with the Mississippi County Hospital System in a groundbreaking move that will allow the secure sharing of patient medical records with other SHARE connected physicians and providers throughout the State of Arkansas. This expansion will include South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center, Great River Medical Center, their family medicine, internal medicine and specialty care clinics that provide urology, gynecology, obstetrics, pain and wound care services. Health care providers in Mississippi County (Blytheville & Osceola) and neighboring counties can securely access medical records through SHARE. Patient records will be available around the clock and in real-time, enhancing patient care in the Delta Region.

Patients of Mississippi County Hospital System will benefit from a higher quality of care as a result of this new connection. Now caregivers, family doctors, emergency room physicians, specialists, pharmacies and long-term care facilities can have secure, HIPAA-compliant access to patient records in real time as a SHARE participant.

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center and Great River Medical Center hospitals see ~43,000 patients that live in Mississippi County in Northeast Arkansas.  SHARE is integrated with both hospitals’ electronic health record (EHR) system, MEDHOST. They are now sending admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, pathology reports, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.  SHARE is also assisting the hospitals in their public health reporting to the Arkansas Department of Health Registries.

Also, SHARE is assisting in real-time 30 day readmissions. The 30-day readmission notification project allows both 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.

Mississippi County Hospital System is home to multiple outpatient clinics that serve the growing needs of their community. They have clinics available for patients looking for an annual wellness exam, planning a preventative procedure, or needs wound care. SHARE is integrated with Athena electronic medical record (EMR) system and is receiving admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, pathology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions.

The following Mississippi County Hospital System clinics are fully integrated with SHARE through the Athena EMR system interface:

  • Community Health Specialist (MCHS)
  • Great River Family Clinic (MCHS)
  • Great River Pain Clinic (MCHS)
  • Great River Urology
  • Great River Women's Clinic (MCHS)
  • Great River Wound Healing Clinic (MCHS)
  • Mississippi County Primary Care Physicians (MCHS)
  • Practitioner Family Care
  • Ashley A. Chimere MD

SHARE also routes the results from both hospital systems that are on MEDHOST to their Athena clinics in order for the providers to have their patients results in their local environment in real-time. SHARE’s continued mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the state’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

About Mississippi County Hospital System

Mission: To restore, maintain, and improve the health of everyone in the communities they serve.

Vision: To inspire hope in all who seek their help by offering the kind of care they would expect for their own family.

Great River Medical Center

Great River Medical Center (GRMC) is a full-service hospital with 99 beds that is committed to keeping quality health care closer to home for the community. The hospital offers:

 

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center(SMC) is a critical access hospital with 25 beds that is committed to keeping quality health care closer to home for the community. The hospital offers:

 

For more info, visit http://www.mchsys.org

 

 

 

 

Post date: 2019-05-31T08:15:32-05:00

 

Little Rock, AR. May 2019. More than 60 south Arkansas and northern Louisiana health care providers continue to securely access patient health records from Magnolia Regional Medical Center located in Magnolia, Arkansas through SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE). The data sharing builds a more complete medical record for communities and individuals. With the connection to the HIE, it results in fewer repeated tests, better diagnosis and monitoring of chronic conditions and more comprehensive patient health record.

The continued collaboration with partners such as Magnolia Regional Medical Center reflects that coordinated care is extending across a much wider spectrum of facilities than ever before.  Magnolia Regional Medical Center, that serves south Arkansas and northern Louisiana, commitment is the first of many from health system organizations across state, making the community’s ability to deliver efficient and effective healthcare.

Magnolia Regional Medical Center is home to multiple outpatient clinics that serve the growing needs of their community. Whether a patient is looking for an annual wellness exam, planning a preventative procedure, or needs specialty infusions, they have a clinic to serve you. The following specialty clinics are sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries, Vitals, Allergies, Diagnosis and Conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.   

SHARE is a secure electronic health information exchange (HIE) dedicated to serving Arkansas’ 75 counties. Our suite of services allows health care professionals to securely and rapidly share records across institutions and practices, making patient information available wherever and whenever needed to provide the highest quality care. Patients benefit from fewer repeated tests, missing records and errors, while receiving more informed care during office visits and emergencies.

SHARE’s mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the State’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

About Magnolia Regional Medical Center

Magnolia Regional Medical Center is a non-profit, city owned, Acute Care Hospital. The hospital has been in continuous operation since 1939 and is licensed to operate 49 beds. In February 2010, a new facility opened replacing the original 1939 building and additions. The hospital continues to serve a diverse population in Columbia County and a large part of Southwest Arkansas including neonatal, pediatric, obstetric, adult, and geriatric patients.

Magnolia Regional Medical Center is located near the center of the City of Magnolia, eighteen miles from the Louisiana border, in the southwest corner of the state. It serves as the sole community provider of medical care for a thirty-five-mile radius. The primary service area is Columbia County, but receives patients from Lafayette, Nevada, Ouachita, and Union counties, as well as residents of Northern Louisiana.

Learn more about MRMC: https://magnoliarmc.org/

Post date: 2019-05-30T08:43:14-05:00

May 2019 Little Rock, Arkansas. The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is proud to partner with Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) hospital and clinics that are now sending data to Arkansas’ only Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) are being shared with referral providers ranging from endocrinology to orthopedics. As the region’s first and only children’s hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) offers easy access to complete pediatric healthcare. Their team is available 24/7 and includes an emergency department just for children. ACNW simply delivers care close to home for more than 200,000 children in 11 counties in Northwest Arkansas. SHARE is assisting Arkansas Children’s Northwest in transforming the health of children.

The Arkansas Children’s Northwest campus is 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, surgical services, diagnostic services and clinical space. The campus also includes nature trails and gardens for patients and their families, as well as a helipad for the Angel One Transport team.

With a full team of board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric specialists, ACNW provides a complete range of services for children of all ages, including:

Arkansas Children’s Northwest hospital and specialty clinics are sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) that include: Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries, Vitals, Allergies, Diagnosis and Conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.

About Arkansas Children’s

Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only health care system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and a nationally-recognized children’s research institute. It is one the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in pulmonology, neonatal care, cardiology and heart surgery and urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest Arkansas in Springdale includes 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services. Arkansas Children’s also blankets the state with outreach programs that include telemedicine, mobile health and school-based health solutions. A private nonprofit, Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research and is committed to providing every child with access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. Founded as an orphanage, Arkansas Children’s has championed children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow for more than 100 years.

For more info, visit www.archildrens.org

Post date: 2019-05-24T13:32:14-05:00

 

Health Information Exchange (HIE) is not always understood in our ever changing healthcare landscape.

 

Myth #1 busts a misconception about HIE advancement and consolidation.

 

Interoperability is delivered best in markets that are dominated by one large electronic health record (EHR) System.

 

 

 

While one or two EHR’s may dominate certain markets, in the age of value-based healthcare, patients seek care through a variety of healthcare organizations and locations creating data silos. HIEs can consume, digest and disseminate information from multiple sources and present that information to the hospital, provider and care team in a format they can understand. This means that HIEs provide a normalized, longitudinal clinical record for each patients, incorporating information from all care settings with multiple EHR systems.

 

Myth #2 busts a thought that all patients only see providers within one healthcare organization.

 

Patients in my area only see providers that are associated with our healthcare organization. This is because we provide emergency care, primary care and specialty care.

 

 

 

American patients have seen an average of 18.7 different doctors during their lives, according to a survey conducted by GfK OmniWeb Roper. For patients over 65 years of age, the average increases to 28.4 individual doctors, including primary care, specialists, hospital and urgent care providers.

 

 

 

Myth #3 In an HIE, just sharing data is sufficient. 

 

Many HIEs only share a longitudinal view of a patient data from multiple organizations across the care continuum.

 

 

 

An HIE can alert hospitals and physicians to a patient’s admission, readmission or discharge from an acute care facility, informing the provider’s workflow and helping him/her to better respond to care transitions. This allows a provider to offer timely follow-up care to ensure better care of the patient. Similarly, as value-based care drives requirements for analytics and quality reporting, HIEs can take in data, perform key analytics and deliver reports that help providers increase their quality scores.

Post date: 2019-05-14T09:09:58-05:00

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Post date: 2019-05-13T09:00:34-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – May, 2019

SHARE is happy to announce our new participant, White Hall Family Medicine Associates. White Hall Family Medicine Associates is the newest independent family medicine clinic to join the SHARE network! This independent provider practice is located in White Hall, Arkansas providing high quality, patient-centered health care. White Hall Family Medicine Associates was founded to provide convenient, complete and compassionate healthcare to their community.

The data exchange service will give the physicians, nurses and care team, in Jefferson County and surrounding areas, secure access to important information such as lab results, updated patient records, vitals, allergies, discharge summaries and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible than with paper files.

“With the clinic accessing their patient’s data securing from the SHARE exchange, they will be able to see the bigger picture of their patient’s overall health outside of their clinic. This will include if their patients have been to the hospital or seen a specialist since their last visit, updated test results and progress notes will be right there in their records,” said Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator with SHARE. “Patients won’t have to worry about remembering every detail for a primary care visit because their doctors and care team will have a more complete picture of their patients’ health ,” said Villines.

About White Hall Family Medicine Associate:

Your Family … Our Team … Good Health

No matter what age or stage in life, White Hall Family Medicine Associates is committed to providing skilled, quality, comprehensive healthcare. While they continue to keep pace with the latest advancements in medicine, they never forget that each patient is a unique individual. As highly trained, dedicated and experienced physicians, they offer a comprehensive full-service family practice dedicated to providing excellent and compassionate healthcare to patients. As a partner in healthcare, they listen to patients concerns and can help them develop a wellness program that will assist in maintaining optimal health and wellness.

Services

Chronic Illness Management: Chronic illnesses include, but are not limited to, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, arthritis and allergies. Such illnesses generally require a lifetime of treatment.

Acute Care: Acute care illnesses include such things as upper respiratory infections, bladder infections, back, neck and other musculoskeletal injuries – maladies that, while possibly severe, are generally brief when properly treated.

Wellness Care: physicians strongly recommend patients have a wellness physical once a year. An annual wellness examination provides physicians with the information necessary to ensure patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, and is also a key to early diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious diseases.

Annual Visits: Include Pap smears (Papanicolaou test), prostate exam, blood work, colon (Colorectal) cancer screening.

Immunizations: Maintaining the recommended immunization schedule is an important aspect of wellness for both adult and pediatric patients.

On-Site Lab & X-Ray:  This includes blood tests, urinalysis, serologies for mono and pregnancy tests. Physicians are able to order chest, bone and joint X-rays on-site and have the results within a reasonable amount of time. The availability of these capabilities in their clinic (and not at a third-party facility) allows them to provide patients with quicker diagnosis and treatment – often while they are being examined.

Find out more here: https://whitehallfamilymedicine.com/

Post date: 2019-05-10T09:00:36-05:00

 

  • Providers will have an up-to-the-minute view of a patient’s health history at the point of care
  • Accessing the Virtual Health Record puts the power of information and collaboration in the hands of the clinician—enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient

Little Rock, Arkansas – May, 2019  SHARE is happy to announce our new participant; Chenal Family Therapy has joined the only statewide health information exchange. Chenal Family Therapy is the newest group of behavioral health clinics to join the SHARE network! With locations in West Little Rock, Conway, North Little Rock, Bryant, White Hall, Rogers (NWA), Hot Springs, De Queen, Cabot, Heber Springs, El Dorado, Fort Smith, Texarkana and Jonesboro. Chenal Family Therapy is encouraging, empowering and equipping patients for a better state of health throughout Arkansas.

Chenal Family Therapy is providing high quality, patient-centered therapy, medication management and counseling. Access to SHARE will give the therapists, nurses and care team, that see patients in over 20 counties in Arkansas, secure access to important health information such as, updated patient records, discharge summaries, medication histories and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their health records are more secure and accessible than with paper files being faxed or mailed.

About Chenal Family Therapy:

Chenal Family Therapy is a team of passionate and caring therapists covering in Arkansas, with 15 locations and more to come. They were founded in 2010 by their Practice Director, Ken Clark, MA, LMFT. They do individual, couples and family therapy for kids, teens, and adults, as well as psychological testing services. They also offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and registered dietitian services. Healing Relationships through Individual, Couples & Family Therapy is their mission and vision.

Find out more here:

https://www.chenaltherapy.com/

Post date: 2019-05-02T09:00:00-05:00

 

Healthcare simply consists of thousands of interlinked processes that result in a very complex system. If we focus on the processes of care one at a time, we can fundamentally change the game and deal with the challenges facing healthcare. Meaningful quality improvement must be data-driven. This is particularly true for quality control in healthcare. You’re basically dead in the water if you try to work with healthcare providers and you don’t have good data. I think everybody recognizes that.

The right data in the right format, at the right time, in the right hands is crucial.  If clinician teams are going to manage care, they need data. They need the right data delivered in the right format, at the right time, and in the right place. And the data must be delivered into the right hands—the clinicians’ care team is involved in operating and improving any given process of care.

If quality improvement is going to work in healthcare—if we are going to realize value—it means, we must engage clinicians. Clinicians (nurses and providers’ care team) are the frontline workers who understand and own the processes of care. But we live in a pristine time. I once received from an email from a physician leader at a leading national delivery system. I’m going to withhold the name of the delivery system, but I can tell you that if you ask knowledgeable people to list of top 10 delivery systems in the country, almost everyone would put the same organization on their list. Despite that, this physician wrote to me lamenting how difficult it was for him to get his peer physicians to see a new future. And in his email, he succinctly described the problem by saying that his physicians were “historically encumbered and demoralized.” And I love the succinctness of his description because what he is basically saying is they’re clinging to the past and are demoralized because they don’t see a new future. And in that short phrase, this very excellent physician leader encapsulated the problem and points us towards the solution.

View the full Spring Newsletter here.

Post date: 2019-04-26T13:15:15-05:00
  • Empower Health Care Solutions, a Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) expands connection with SHARE to include real-time ADTs (Admission, Discharge and Transfers)
  • Utilizing SHARE in addressing the overall health care needs of Medicaid beneficiaries who have complex behavioral health or intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) service needs
  • Use of the Virtual Health Record (VHR) and Secure Messaging (SM) to coordinate and integrate treatment delivery across all of the individual’s providers

Little Rock, Arkansas – April, 2019 The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange announce a ground-breaking partnership that will enable more efficient healthcare services for patients across rural Arkansas who have complex behavioral health or intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) service needs.

By enhancing the connection with Empower Health Care Solutions, a Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) to the statewide HIE network, which includes Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) data exchange, this integration of ADTs 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 and assist with the elimination of unnecessary admission to the emergency room.

Additionally, SHARE provides Empower Health Care Solutions with 24-hour daily reports when the members are admitted and discharged from the emergency department or have an inpatient discharge. This collaboration is a continued effort to improve patient outcomes of Medicaid beneficiaries throughout Arkansas. The care coordinators are also using the VHR that displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. It retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history. By also using SM the care coordinators are also able to communicate with providers and healthcare teams taking care of patients who have complex behavioral health or intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) needs.

Empower Health Care Solutions can view the following patient data through the SHARE VHR:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographic and Insurance information
  • Laboratory results
  • Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Continuity of Care Documents
  • Progress Notes

As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and Empower Health Care Solutions are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives and identifying potential social determinants of health.

About Empower Healthcare Solutions:  Empower is run by six organizations working together. Empower Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Empower) is a Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE). This new model of care was developed to address the overall health care needs of Medicaid beneficiaries who have complex behavioral health or intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) service needs. Goals of the PASSE program are to:

  • Coordinate and integrate treatment delivery across all of the individual’s providers
  • Improve total health outcomes for the target population
  • Increase local services capacity to help individuals with IDD access quality care and support services within their own communities
  • Ensure flexibility in the individuals’ service array to address all of their health care needs
  • Slow or decrease spending growth and costly acute care stays by promoting efficient and effective services

Arkansas Community Health Network (ACHN). ACHN is composed of four health care systems: Baxter Regional Health SystemNorth Arkansas Medical SystemUnity Health, and White River Health System.

Beacon Health Options (Beacon). Beacon is the nation’s largest organization exclusively dedicated to assessing and addressing the clinical and social needs of individuals experiencing mental illness, addiction and developmental disabilities. In Arkansas, since 2010, Beacon has had contracts with the Department of Human Services to assist in administering the behavioral health care delivery system.

Independent Case Management (ICM). ICM is a statewide premier provider of home and community-based supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Statera. Statera is an entity comprised of leaders and innovators committed to serving the long-term support services needs of Arkansans, including those with behavioral health and developmental disability diagnoses. Together, the representatives of Statera have vast health care experience, spanning home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent care facilities, institutional pharmacies, retail pharmacies, medical clinics, rural health clinics, non-emergency transportation services; and full-service rehabilitation therapy businesses throughout Arkansas. 

The Arkansas Healthcare Alliance, LLC. The Alliance is comprised of approximately 22 well-established inpatient and outpatient providers, who strive to provide quality behavioral health, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disability services. Together, the Alliance offers individualized treatment to tens of thousands of Arkansas infants, children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Woodruff Health Group, LLC (ARcare/pharmacist). ARcare operates as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). In addition, ARcare is the statewide provider of medical and case management services for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. Over the last 30 years, ARcare has created a health care home through a network of 36 primary care clinics, three pharmacies, and four wellness centers to serve underserved communities and provide access to quality health care.

To learn more visit: https://www.getempowerhealth.com

Post date: 2019-03-28T08:36:52-05:00

 

  • Promoting Behavioral Health Data Exchange with Perspectives Behavioral Health Management
  • Improving Comprehensive Patient Care
  • Identifying High Risk Patients

Little Rock, Ark. March 2019 ­- Health information exchanges (HIEs) play a hand in enabling more practical, timely health data exchange to participating healthcare organizations and their patients.  While electronic health record (EHR) systems and health data exchange solutions have been common tools within hospitals and physician practices for close to a decade, many behavioral healthcare providers are just beginning to integrate EHR use into care delivery. This includes integration with HIEs for a more complete picture of health of the patient.

The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), has now integrated with Perspectives Behavioral Health Management, that use Credible, a behavioral health EHR, to improve comprehensive care throughout West Arkansas. This includes records such as diagnostic evaluation, diagnoses, discharge plan/summary, medications and continuity of care documents (CCDs).

With this integration, SHARE excludes sensitive labs, psychotherapy notes and substance abuse information adhering to 42 CFR Part 2. SHARE also, provides Perspectives Behavioral Health Management access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the behavioral health clinic providers and care coordinators when their patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges.

Perspectives Behavioral Health Management’s main clinic is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas and provides care at Clarksville, Greenwood, Mulberry clinics and also sees patients at over 20 school based treatment programs throughout the Fort Smith region. Perspectives Behavioral Health Management services Day Treatment (adult), Traditional office-based counseling (child/adult), Psychological testing (child/adult), School-Based Services (child), and Crisis Intervention services.

These efforts to include behavioral health in the electronic data exchange mark progress toward enabling more comprehensive, complete patient care. Despite a growing awareness of the importance of behavioral health data to primary care providers and hospitals, behavioral health data sharing continues to lag behind.

With this integration of behavioral health data into SHARE it ultimately results in a more complete picture of a patient’s health and assists with information gaps. Integrating behavioral health and other data types into SHARE is imperative to mitigating these information gaps and avoiding potential inhibitors to positive patient health outcomes resulting in improving managed mental health.

About Perspectives Behavioral Health Management

The philosophy of Perspectives Behavioral Health Management, LLC is to provide top quality care to individuals and families served to help them achieve their treatment plan goals. Key principles of treatment include evidenced based practices to accurately assess and intervene for remediation and/or management of mental health symptoms across all populations served.  Integration of cultural sensitivity and family involvement are part of treatment to enhance success. Each patient has individual needs and goals which are the priority of treatment.  PBHM will assess and treat in a compassionate manner. Services are designed to help patients' transition into a less restrictive environment as they complete their goals.

Perspectives Behavioral Health Management, LLC, has earned a reputation for providing quality mental health services in a timely and efficient manner. We have a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment which utilizes the skills of the psychiatrists, therapists, paraprofessionals, and nurses working together under the physician’s supervision, in order to facilitate a comprehensive and constructive plan of care for the patients that we treat.  The treatment team works in collaboration with the consumer to develop the most appropriate plan of care given the presenting problem, needs/desires of the consumer, and resources available to that Individual We Serve

Our Mission is to provide quality outpatient mental health services based on sound business practices. Central to our Mission is our desire to be the premier provider of quality outpatient mental health services in the State of Arkansas by providing a multitude of innovative services based on need and available resources while assisting both the family and community in the promotion of healing and change.

We will:

  • Provide excellence through our use of progressive and proactive services
  • Attract highly qualified personnel
  • Develop community partnerships
  • Value professionalism, teamwork, integrity, and responsibility
  • Continually assess program delivery

Services provided include:  Day Treatment (adult), Traditional office-based counseling (child/adult), Psychological testing (child/adult), School-Based Services (child), and Crisis Intervention services.

For more information, visit: https://www.pbhm.com

 

 

Post date: 2019-03-21T08:40:28-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas– MANA, Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, one of the largest medical groups of local independent physicians in Northwest Arkansas, has connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) the only Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community. MANA is physician owned and patient centered with one purpose to improve quality of life by providing compassionate, comprehensive, quality healthcare.

“MANA is committed to delivering high-quality care in a professional and caring environment to improve the health and well-being of the patients in North and Northwest Arkansas,” said Anne Santifer, SHARE Executive Director. By connecting with SHARE, they will further their commitment by exchanging information more efficiently with referring physicians and providing referral doctors and hospitals with the patient information they need at the point of care.

MANA is now live with sharing data through an interface with eClinicalWorks (eCW) and the only Statewide HIE in Arkansas (SHARE), which features a robust patient query and response functionality that lets providers quickly access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more. This includes records such as medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, medications, continuity of care documents (CCDs), immunizations, vitals and allergies. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges.

Whatever a patients’ healthcare needs, MANA provides compassionate, expert care to families through their network of specialists that expand from Fayetteville to Harrison Arkansas. “We are pleased to welcome Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, one of the nation’s leading medical groups of local independent physicians, to SHARE,” said Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator of SHARE. “This connection helps facilitate the seamless and secure exchange of patient health information with Arkansas’ health systems, hospitals and physicians. This delivers substantial benefits for patients, referring physicians and all of the MANA practices.”

MANA includes a wide range of clinics and specialties:

 


Clinics Include:


Specialties Include:


Multi-Specialty: Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic


Adult Medicine


FirstCare Family Doctors (7 locations)


Asthma Clinic


MANA Urgent Care (2 locations)


Imaging & MRI


Millennium Chiropractic Sports Medicine and Rehab


Mammography/Breast Imaging


Fayetteville Acute Care & Walk-In Clinic (Pediatrics)


Chiropractic


Pinnacle Hills Wellness Clinic and Acute Care & Walk-In Clinic (Pediatrics)


Family Medicine


Renaissance Women's Healthcare


Gastroenterology


The Breast Center- Fayetteville


Gynecology


MANA Family Medicine


Neurology


Fayetteville Wellness Clinic (Pediatrics)


Pediatrics


The Breast Center- Bentonville


Psychiatry


The Breast Center- Harrison


Pulmonary Medicine


MANA MRI


Rheumatology


MANA Imaging


Sleep Medicine


MANA Northwest Arkansas Psychiatry


Urgent Care

Established in 2013, SHARE has successfully connected members consisting of hospital systems, physician groups, public health registries, individual practitioners, state and regional HIEs. SHARE is connected to the national eHealth Exchange and is also a member of DirectTrust, which enables its members to securely exchange information nationally with other providers who are using DirectTrust. SHARE participates with the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). Health information exchanges (HIEs) are connecting nation­wide to seamlessly deliver patient health information across state lines and across health systems, improving the patient experience by making health information available when­ever and wherever care occurs.

About MANA Physicians and Clinics

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) is an independent physician group that includes family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health and an array of specialists and advanced health services. Our mission is to improve quality of life by providing compassionate, comprehensive, quality healthcare.

An Independent Physician Group

MANA physicians and clinics have a reputation for excellence as leaders in the healthcare community for over 50 years.

  • Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic was established in 1957 to provide internal medicine and specialty care for adults.
  • In 1983, Drs. Joe T. Robinson and Terry Payton opened Northwest Arkansas Pediatric Clinic, now Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics. Since then the pediatric practice has continued to attract top graduates from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well as other top programs.
  • In 1994, a group of family medicine doctors established FirstCare Family Doctors, that now has 7 locations serving the Northwest Arkansas community with quality family care.
  • In 1999, Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic physicians partnered with Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics and FirstCare Family Doctors to create a unique medical group, Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA).
  • In 2000, we added MediServe Walk-In Clinic to serve residents, students, and visitors seven days a week. These clinics are now called MANA Urgent Care.
  • In 2003, Drs. Danna Grear and Kevin Pope established the first independent facility in Arkansas dedicated solely to breast imaging, The Breast Center. The Breast Center was the first in the area to offer digital mammography and first in the state to offer Breast MRI with Dr. Steven Harms, a world-renowned radiologist.
  • Dr. Kathleen Paulson approached MANA in 2005 to open a gynecology practice, Renaissance Women’s Healthcare, dedicated to educating women about their health from their first appointment through menopause.
  • In 2009, MANA physicians acquired the first 3T MRI in Northwest Arkansas to provide patients and physicians with faster scans and better images.
  • In 2012, added Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound for women with dense breast tissue at The Breast Center. 
  • MANA Imaging began providing lung cancer screening and was named an Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center in 2017. 
  • Expanded family medicine and pediatrics to Benton County in 2018.
  • Our top priority is to provide the best care to our patients for optimum health. We believe in listening and sharing with our patients. Our Mission is to improve quality of life by providing compassionate, comprehensive, quality healthcare.

Physician Owned

MANA clinics are independent, physician-owned practices. As a physician-owned practice, our physicians can focus on compassionate, quality, patient care, and retain the quality, personal clinic environment. Physicians make the decisions that shape excellent patient care in our practices.

By working together, MANA physicians can responsibly manage the costs associated with health care, improve our practice efficiencies, and enhance overall care for patients. A board of directors elected by the physicians governs MANA. The board is advised and assisted by four principal leaders: Jason Wilson, Chief Executive Officer; Paula Maxwell, Chief Operating Officer; John Jordin, Chief Informational Officer; and Paula Storment, Chief Financial Officer.

Innovative Care

MANA clinics are at the forefront of innovative health care. Our physicians provide an array of advanced diagnostic testing and preventive screening including laboratory services, breast cancer screening, general imaging, advanced pulmonary testing, colon cancer screening and endoscopy. View advanced health services.

Post date: 2019-03-08T00:00:00-06:00

 

  • CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, CHI St. Vincent North, CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and CHI St. Vincent Morrilton hospitals expand connection with SHARE to include Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • 30+ CHI St. Vincent Heart Clinics Arkansas are integrating to share patient data with referral partners to include Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • 80+ Primary Care and Specialty Care clinics expand connections to seamlessly deliver patient health information (Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports and Discharge Summaries) across the state

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – February, 2019 The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), announce a ground-breaking partnership that will enable more efficient healthcare services for patients across rural Arkansas. This expands connections to CHI St. Vincent by exchanging important information such as lab results, updated patient records and demographic information. By integrating with the only Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) it ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible.

By enhancing the connection with CHI St. Vincent hospitals and clinics to the statewide HIE network, which will include bi-directional data exchange, health care providers participating in the clinically integrated network and referral partnerships 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 provides CHI St. Vincent with data to enable enhanced 30-day readmission event notifications, as well as 24-hour daily reports when their primary care practices’ Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department or have an inpatient discharge. This collaboration is to improve population health analysis, patient outcomes and success with health care quality initiatives such as accountable care, meaningful use, clinically integrated networks, MIPS/MACRA and medical home programs.

"We enthusiastically support CHI St. Vincent’s vision of higher quality, better coordinated care for individuals living in rural Arkansas," said Anne Santifer, Executive Director at SHARE. “CHI St. Vincent is among the most ambitious health care systems in the state — they are implementing state-of-the-art technology that will significantly improve collaboration among providers in their area. Ultimately, this will improve patient outcomes and potentially reduce overall health care costs for everyone” said Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator at SHARE.

As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and CHI St. Vincent are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives and identifying potential social determinants of health. “This collaboration with SHARE will enable CHI St. Vincent to move forward with our mission ensuring a healthy future for those we serve, while excelling our system performance while we advance personal and community health beyond our traditional acute care focus.” “Sharing information among health care providers is fundamental to providing the highest quality of care for our citizens.” said Christi Whatley, Vice President & Chief Quality Officer, CHI St. Vincent.

CHI St. Vincent continues to remain committed to delivering the highest quality of care for patients and the communities it serves while simultaneously driving efficiencies to address the challenges facing healthcare providers and ensuring a sustainable future for its healing ministry in Arkansas.

About CHI St. Vincent:

CHI St. Vincent, a regional health network serving Arkansas, is part of Catholic Health Initiatives. We have served Arkansas since 1888 with a history of many firsts. Headquartered in Little Rock, our networks include primary care, specialty clinics, urgent care, hospitals, home health, rehabilitation and surgery centers. Together with more than 4,500 coworkers, 1,000 medical staff, and 500 volunteers, we consistently receive praise for advancements in care. Our growing Medical Group includes more than 300 providers across almost every medical and surgical specialty.  For more information, visit:  https://www.chistvincent.com

Post date: 2019-03-07T16:03:49-06:00

 

Despite widespread support for organ donation, a severe shortage in the number of organs donated exists. More than 118,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a kidney, heart, liver or other vital organ, and another person is added to that list every 16 minutes. Statistics reveal an average of 18 individuals will die each day while waiting for an available organ. Estimates indicate that more than 25,000 Americans die each year under circumstances that would allow them to become organ donors, but an average of only about 5,000 a year actually donate.

However, knowing this shortage, ARORA uses SHARE (Arkansas’ Statewide Health Information Exchange) to access patient’s information in real time from hospitals and clinics across the State of Arkansas. This allows real-time decisions on if a patient is eligible for organ donation based on their diagnosis, laboratory results, progress notes as well as many other factors. Before having access to SHARE, Paul Coulter, Donation Development Liaison stated “ARORA staff had to drive to hospitals and review the patient’s medical chart before we could deem the patient a candidate for organ donation. This would take many hours,” he said.

During this summer Paul stated “SHARE simply helped restore the life of someone on the waiting list by allowing our providers to have real-time access to a medical history to determine if donation was possible.  We had a family who mentioned their loved one had a cancer diagnosis, but didn’t know all the details.  We researched the patient’s medical records and didn’t find the cancer diagnosis. We then checked SHARE where we found the complete story regarding the cancer, which resulted in the patient becoming a tissue donor. Because of SHARE’s ability to display multiple hospitals’ visits, we were easily able to find the information needed. Without SHARE, this patient would not have been able to enhance the lives of others due to the lack of information.  Donation provides hope and healing for donor families as they know their loved ones helped others in a time of great need.

Paul stated that “Research indicates the primary reason for not donating is lack of education about the subject. A single, multi-organ donor can provide as many as seven organs—heart, liver, two kidneys, two lungs pancreas, and intestine for transplantation—as well as tissue, including corneas, heart valves, skin and bone. Less than one per cent of all deaths are potential organ donors, which also greatly limits the number of organs available for transplant.”

As part of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), ARORA is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). There are three organ transplant centers in Arkansas: Arkansas Children's Hospital, Baptist Health Medical Center and UAMS, all located in Little Rock. Arkansas Children’s Hospital performs heart and kidney transplants; Baptist Medical Center performs heart transplants; and UAMS performs kidney and liver transplants. Surgical centers throughout the state perform tissue transplants, including bone, skin, and cornea grafts.

Since 1988, more than 336,000 kidney transplants have been performed annually across the United States with a success rate of 95 percent. In 2012 there were more than 28,000 organ transplants and more than 450,000 tissue transplants. Each transplant procedure, over the past several years, has shown an increase in not only the number of cases performed each year, but in the success rate as well.

Simply put, having access to SHARE has saved our agency time and resources while making every effort to provide organs and tissues for life-saving and life-enhancing transplantations.

About Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA)

The Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) was established in 1987 as a non-profit, independent organ procurement agency. ARORA is headquartered in Little Rock, with a satellite office in northwest Arkansas located in Fayetteville. Serving 64 counties in the state, ARORA is managed by an executive director who reports to a board of directors. ARORA is also served by an Advisory Council, consisting of transplant surgeons, related physicians, donor family members, transplant recipients, hospital administrators and public representatives.

 

 

 

Post date: 2019-02-26T08:54:22-06:00

Located in El Dorado, Arkansas, Medical Center of South Arkansas is dedicated to providing advanced healthcare in South Arkansas through inpatient and outpatient services as well as community outreach. Medical Center of South Arkansas currently is connected to SHARE sending admissions, discharges and transfers (ADTs) that includes Diagnosis, Allergies and Vitals.

To further continued health information exchange with SHARE they will start integration with all of their Medical Center of South Arkansas, South Arkansas Physicians Services (SAPS) medical group clinics. Integrating their EMR systems will allow for laboratory results, radiology reports, discharge summaries from all of SAPS clinics to be shared with the patients’ healthcare teams throughout South Arkansas.

SAPS will also be able to view the SHARE Virtual Health Record (VHR) which displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. SHARE retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history.

SAPS providers and care coordinators will be able to view the following patient data through SHARE VHR if they have been seen outside of Medical Center of South Arkansas clinics, as long as the healthcare facilities are connected to SHARE, Arkansas’ only Statewide Health Information Exchange:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographic and Insurance information
  • Laboratory results
  • Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Continuity of Care Documents
  • Progress Notes

Medical Center of South Arkansas, South Arkansas Physicians Services medical group clinics provide outpatient clinic services that include: long-term care services, heart care, cancer, neurology, pulmonology, pediatric care, women's health care, pain management, radiology, surgery, therapy, rehabilitation, urology, weight reduction, wound healing, and mammography services, as well as services for ear, nose, and throat problems.

About Medical Center of South Arkansas:

Medical Center of South Arkansas is your community healthcare provider, a 166-bed general acute care facility accredited by The Joint Commission. Medical Center of South Arkansas also provides stellar cardiac care in our accredited Chest Pain Center and is equipped to offer neonatal specialty care. We believe in the power of people to create great care. We’re more than 100 healthcare professionals strong. And we work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families in the community we call home.

Learn more about Medical Center of South Arkansas at: https://www.themedcenter.net/ (link is external) Or view their fact sheet for more information.

Post date: 2019-02-22T08:38:11-06:00

SHARE is now collaborating with six medical clinics at 1st Choice Healthcare in Northeast Arkansas.  SHARE is providing access to daily reports when their patients are admitted and discharged from the Emergency Room and Inpatient Encounter Discharges in the last 24 hours.

1st Choice Healthcare, is a community health center, providing compassionate, affordable health care for all individuals to improve lives and build healthier communities. At the heart of any community is the health of its people. At 1st Choice Healthcare, their reason for being is the patients’ health and the health of their neighbors. Whether they are sick and need treatment, or want to stay healthy and avoid problems, they are here for ALL patients. They have programs and screenings to help patients learn about their health and make healthy choices. 1st Choice Healthcare offers comprehensive medical services to ensure patients receive all the medical services needed. They offer a number of diagnostic tests and services within their medical clinics that take care of patients’ in Clay, Randolph, Lawrence, Sharp, Fulton, Greene, and the surrounding counties.

1st Choice Healthcare includes (6) locations in Ash Flatt, Corning, Salem, Paragould, Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge, (12) physicians, (11) APRNs with offices in six counties in Northeast Arkansas. The data exchange services from SHARE will provide secure access to important information such as lab results, recent diagnosis, updated medications, updated patient records and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in the patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible. Together, we are working to change health care to better serve the residents of Northeast Arkansas.

About 1st Choice Healthcare

 

A non-profit, FTCA Deemed, community governed organization. 1st Choice Healthcare has a governing body, composed of volunteers from the communities served. At least 51% of the board must be consumers of our services.

That means patients are always assured that 1st Choice Healthcare centers are:

  • Open to all residents, regardless of insurance status
  • Provide reduced cost care based on ability to pay
  • Tailor services to fit the special needs and priorities of local communities
  • Provide services based on the advice of local residents, businesses, churches, and other organizations
  • Offer services that help patients access health care, case management, health education, nutritional counseling, and chronic disease management.

 

At 1st Choice Healthcare, we embrace and practice patient-centered care and we strive to provide all of our patients with the best possible medical care. We encourage each patient to take an active role in their healthcare. We believe that in addition to helping patients when they are sick, we can and should help guide them in making healthy choices for preventive care. 1st Choice Healthcare is a non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, Federally Qualified Health Center. We welcome all members of our community, especially those unable to afford care. We are founded and governed by our community. Our Board of Directors is made up of your friends and neighbors as well as members from other community agencies. We work closely with government and health and human services agencies to bring you complete, high quality, and affordable healthcare.

For more information about 1st Choice Healthcare Click here to visit thier webiste.

Post date: 2019-02-19T11:48:59-06:00

Overview of Arkansas PASSE Risk-Based Provider Organization (RBPO) Model

Arkansas developed a hybrid model of provider-sponsored organizations (as opposed to the traditional Managed Care Organization (MCO) approach) called a Provider-owned Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE), that is targeted to a relatively small group of Medicaid enrollees who represent a significant percentage of Medicaid spending because of their complex medical needs.   Provider-led and owned organizations would become responsible for integrating specialized home and community based services for individuals with who have intensive levels of treatment or care due to mental illness, substance abuse, or intellectual and developmental disabilities with their physical health care.

Organizing the array of services for individuals with lower costs by achieving the appropriate utilization of services. Care coordination is expected to improve health outcomes and lower costs by decreasing gaps in care, thereby lowering the rates of crisis and acute care, decreasing duplication of services, and improving medication management.  States have demonstrated savings through lower rates of emergency department (ED) visits, reduction in hospital admissions for ambulatory sensitive conditions and reductions in hospital readmissions.

While the state has borrowed ideas from the experiences of other states, the PASSE approach offers a shared savings management model that is unique to Arkansas.  For more than a year, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Department of Human Services (DHS) and the bipartisan, bicameral Health Reform Legislative Task Force (RLTF) have engaged in an unprecedented effort to examine potential reforms that would make the Arkansas Medicaid programs sustainable for the future. The Stephen Group (TSG) was retained by the Task Force to assess potential reforms.  Through these efforts, two potential service delivery models were identified.

One alternative for DHS was to contract with a small number of full-risk Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through a competitive process. In a second model, called Diamond Care, DHS would contract with a single Third Party Administrator (TPA) to administer large parts of the Medicaid program. This proposal is a hybrid of the other two proposals, borrowing advantages from each model.

Problem Statement

Arkansas is one of the last Fee for Service (FFS) states in the country, first venturing into Managed Care via a Dental RFP in 2016.  The market is as geographically diverse as any state with its own set of unique and shared challenges with other states, such as the common challenger of transportation needs.  Members prior to 2018 were faced with navigating a complex system of care with little support from various state agencies due to budget constraints and lack of understanding about how to address member needs.  Some providers did offer various levels of care however, without consistency or regular oversight.

The DHS PASSE program concept aims to reengage members into the care delivery system and ensure the access to care, regardless of socioeconomic or physical disposition. The state vision to mandate Care Coordination for the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) population ratio at 1:50 with the program being statewide required PASSEs to expand their innovations to support and track member navigation needs statewide.

Members and guardians have been at the mercy of the state or providers to address their unique needs. On some occasions, this approach has worked but in many cases members and guardians have ended up feeling lost in a universe of options and unknowns.   Members having a developmental disability or a behavioral health challenge find it is not easy to handle accessing services on their own.  In the event a member has a chronic and/or behavioral health condition with a developmental disability, the need to stabilize findings support, is crucial and must be timely. When a member with high needs does not understand who to go to in the state, required provider engagement protocol benefits for which they are eligible or a service need and the location, this can be catastrophic as timely engagement and access is key for stabilization.

“Most of FOREVERCARE’s members are high risk with complex and chronic conditions.  An emergency room visit for a patient with chronic conditions can be considered a failure of primary care. The case study demonstrates that prompt access to primary care follow up, previously championed by the Coleman and Naylor models, significantly decreases emergency room visits. The availability of real time alerts through the community registry provides the baseline information to begin an efficient care transition process.” Eric Yoder, MD is a seasoned healthcare executive and consultant with over 30 years of experience in managed care and Medicaid.

The Model

Arkansas’ new PASSE model of care coordination was designed for a group of Medicaid enrollees who represent a significant percentage of Medicaid spending due to their complex medical, behavioral and social service needs. With this new model the state selected individuals with higher levels of care needs for behavioral health, substance use disorder and developmental disability services, in addition to medical care. There were several goals of the PASSE model;

  1. Improve the health of Arkansans who need intensive
  2. To link providers of physical providers with specialty providers of behavioral health and developmental/intellectual disabilities services;
  3. To coordinate care for all community-based services;
  4. To allow flexibility in the array of services offered;
  5. To increase the number of service providers available in the community to the population covered;
  6. To reduce cost of care by coordinating and providing appropriate and preventative care

The Department of Health Services (AR) provided four metrics that should be met to ensure quality patient care and effectiveness of care coordination services:

  1. Initiate contact with each member within 15 business days after the first day of the month following attribution to the health plan;
  2. Monthly face-to-face contacts with each member;
  3. Follow-up with each member within (7) business days of visit to Emergency Room or Urgent- Care Clinic, or discharging from Hospital or Inpatient Psychiatric Unit/Facility;
  4. Ensure that all members have selected a PCP, confirm that the member is selecting/providing a referral to a PCP located in a federal qualified health center nearest to member’s community.

 

Based on the requirements, FOREVERCARE model would leverage and employ field based Community Health Workers (CHWs) in a 50:1 ratio with hand held personal devices to automatically track and document events with reporting into FOREVERCARE’s central office. FOREVERCARE would deploy a registry or virtual care navigation tools.

The key is having real time alerts with predefined care transitions for each member regardless of their event details.  To trigger electronically through real time automation and ensuring all tracking and oversight is complete with daily reporting to ensure quality care and effectiveness of care coordination.

Our goal with over 150 Care Coordinators deployed statewide was to enable them with real information and real tools, with real time alerts to better serve members throughout the state. Imagine a world where someone visits the ER at 11:00 PM for chronic pain and the next morning at 8:00AM the member or guardian is called or visited by their assigned Care Coordinator with a planned transition protocol?  How could this happen, how could we define a process, share the right level of information and engage a complex member to renew their faith in the community that we care. At the same time having all the key information relative to the members needs and immediately scheduling the member for a PCP appointment within 72 hours.

By enabling care coordinators with tablets and a basic registry that is connected via HL7 ADT messages to the State HIE State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide HIE), we can structure the care coordination, collect key quality measures, force preferred navigation protocols, ensure transportation arrives and ensure members make their visit through simple interventions with basic check boxes in the registry.

 

The FOREVERCARE custom Registry tracks all basic member information and forces data collection and transition protocols.    The concept is not new as many organizations deploy registries, but the key is how much and how best to leverage and not boil the ocean.

In Phase I of the PASSE program we used a modified PCMH model stimulated with technology that Care Coordinators used. Guardians and Providers could also seek additional information such as risk stratification, member history or gaps in care.

FOREVERCARE immediately engaged the state health information exchange (HIE) to extract emergency department and inpatient HL7 ADT message alerts and automate the distribution of the event to field based CHWs statewide with a goal of meeting 2 of the 4 state requirements; a PCP assignment and contact within 7 days of acute event and assigned Primary Care Provider. We took the effort much into the future and had agreements with primary care providers to bring into the office within 72 hours.

Our model focused on connecting members to the primary care provider within 72 hours’ post- acute event.

SHARE assisted FOREVERCARE PASSE by providing daily reports for attributed Medicaid beneficiaries when those patients were admitted and discharged from the emergency room and/or had an inpatient encounter in the last 24 hours. Once the PASSE received their 24-hour daily report, the FOREVEVERCARE RNs had essential clinical information including but not limited to the discharge summary via the Virtual Health Record (VHR). The VHR displays information as a traditional clinical chart, it retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all data sources within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history.

FOREVERCARE along with three other provider-led health plans, deliver access to healthcare through the PASSE model of care, which is unique to Arkansas and provides coordination of physical health, behavioral health and home and community services to