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HealtHIE Nevada is a newly incorporated private, Nevada non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to connecting the Nevada healthcare community by providing real time, secure, and accurate exchange of clinical information to improve the quality and continuum of healthcare for the patient.


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Issue: #005
August 2013

Welcome to the HealtHIE Nevada Chronicle!


In this newsletter, you will find listings of current participants, new endeavors, upcoming events, as well as helpful Health Information Technology (HIT) in the news. We are happy to assist you with health resources, and look forward to many years with you as part of the HealtHIE Nevada extended family! 

The HealtHIE Nevada Team
HealtHIE Nevada's Health Information Exchange at Work

A Patient and Physician Success Story 


HealtHIE Nevada is piloting a patient consent and virtual health record HIE process in two clinics in northern Nevada. Terry L. McCaskill, M.D., recently had this situation occur after just a few weeks in the pilot. 


Older couple with doctor

A patient of Dr. McCaskill was admitted to the hospital for testing and surgery. After the patient began to experience some complications, which she assumed were due to the surgery the physician had performed, she called this physician to ask that she come to see her in the hospital. 



Medicare EHR Incentive Program Audit

A Learning Experience


In late 2012 Dr. Andy Pasternak, a family practice physician with Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine in Reno, Nevada received notice that his office had been selected for a Medicare EHR Incentive Program Audit. He was among the first physicians in Nevada to receive this notice. The months that followed were a learning experience for everyone involved.

The lessons learned from Dr. Pasternak's audit experience are valuable for all physicians going through an EHR Incentive Program Audit no matter what program, Medicare or Medicaid. Below is a Q&A from Dr. Pasternak about his experience.  



HealtHIE Nevada Featured in Desert Companion

A Little Bit About HealtHIE Nevada


HealtHIE Nevada is a non-profit, community-based, and privately funded organization dedicated to state wide health information exchange (HIE).  An obvious question is, "What is an HIE?"

An HIE is an electronic (versus paper) method for sharing your personal health information with all of your health care providers.  The HIE allows for "real time" transfer of information between Doctor Pictureyour doctors, hospitals, labs, radiology centers; anywhere you receive health care treatment.


Pilot Update

Pilot Phase 2 Complete


The Health Information Exchange (HIE) Phase 2 pilot tested the use of the pull and consent method of accessing data via the Virtual Health Record (VHR.) This model expands the current functionality of the HIE so that with patient consent, data may be viewed via the Virtual Health Record (VHR).  A pilot project for phase two began on April 15, 2013 and ran through July 31, 2013.  



HIT In The News

Will Health Information Exchange Become Medicare Payment Criterion?

The use of interoperable electronic health record (EHR) systems to share information could eventually become part of reimbursement criteria in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to a new position paper from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).




Online Meaningful Use Stage 2 Interoperability Basics Training

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has developed training modules around the Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) Rule to train Eligible Professional (EPs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) on how to implement new standards to support

  • Transitions of Care
  • Lab Exchange
  • Patient Engagement
  • Public Health Measures.



ONC Leadership, EMR Popularity and Better Cost Transparency

While the term "legacy" might be a bit too weighty, many of those who work in healthcare IT are already singing the praises of Farzad Mostashari, M.D., who announced earlier this week that he will resign as head of the ONC in the fall once a successor is found. As I mentioned in a recent LinkedIn group discussion, it will be interesting to see what his next steps are. I, for one, found him to be a charismatic and convincing advocate for the benefits of healthcare IT. History will undoubtedly pronounce his achievements with the ONC as better and greater than current events do. I hope his successor has the same level of passion for improving patient care via HIT that he brought to the government table.


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