QHN eNews Update 
September, 2013

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QHN Vitals - August, 2013
  • 816 Licensed Providers
  • 1,454 Active Users
  • 61,429 Virtual Health Record (VHR) Queries
  • 215+ Clinical Data Bases 
  • 180,118 Lab Results
  • 39,081 Radiology Results
  • 86,913 Transcriptions Delivered
  • 20,437 Clinical Messages

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QHN Connectivity Supports National Model for PACE - Effectively Serving Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligible Patients in Rural America.  


Montrose, Colorado is home to one of the most innovative and successful PACE programs in the U.S. PACE- Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a fully integrated interdisciplinary model for delivering comprehensive health care to frail older adults who meet the state's criteria for nursing home level of care supporting Medicaid and Medicare enrollees.


"There is a national movement to have PACE Programs grow faster, because PACE programs do a good job of managing dual eligible patients (Medicare & Medicaid). We manage their care more efficiently, keep them out of the hospital, our readmissions rates and medication costs are way down, everything is improving the care of the participants in the PACE program," said Dr. Funk, medical director at the Senior CommUnity PACE Health Center in Eckert, CO. In July of 2012 he testified before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging in support of the expansion of PACE programs.


PACE program enrollees are provided with care coordinated by an interdisciplinary team of health professionals, this care includes medical care, meals, transportation and social interaction to seniors at central centers (adult day care) as an alternative to nursing homes. This comprehensive service package enables more than 90 percent of PACE participants to continue living in their home and allows participants to maintain their established primary care physician relationship.


"QHN allows me to efficiently keep track of everything going on with our participants in the community so it's much less likely that a test gets ordered or something happens that I'm unaware of, it allows me to follow-up on what's happening to our participants," continued Dr. Funk. "Other PACE programs in the country are trying to pattern our model and one of the first things they ask is how to connect with the regional HIE and can we use you and QHN as an example. The feds want these programs to grow and cover more of these high utilizers of medical system."


Dr. Funk has also found the QHN Virtual Health Record (VHR) extremely valuable in his role as Medical Director at the Horizons Skilled Nursing Facility (SNiF). "I don't always get all the information needed about a patient when they come into a SNiF, especially from hospitals, I can get on QHN and see what happened to them in the hospital, rather than tracking down the hospitalist who happened to care for them, it just makes things a lot more efficient for me." 

National Health IT Week

To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery in America, QHN and others across the U.S. have joined together to celebrate National Health Information Technology Week (NHIT), September 16-20, 2013.


QHN is a nationally recognized leader in health IT connecting medical neighborhoods to improve the quality of healthcare, increase patient safety, decrease medical errors, and strengthen the interaction between patients and healthcare providers. 


This year's theme: One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care highlights QHN's organizational commitment to ensure health information technology is integrated, interactive and interoperable to provide the best patient outcomes and leverage technology for the betterment of our healthcare system. Learn more about Health IT Week. 

QHN Board Chair, Dr. Greg Reicks, Named Health IT Fellow - Reicks to Share Expertise of Health IT with Providers and Policymakers.

Gregory Reicks, DO, of Foresight Family Physicians in Grand Junction, Colo., has been named a Health IT Fellow by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). This exclusive group of respected healthcare professionals, volunteer their time, to promote and focus attention on the use of information technology to improve healthcare.


Fellows are all practicing health care professionals committed to innovation and improving patient care through the use of technology. The group helps guide the ONC with grassroots insight and direction for the effective use of ONC resources and technical resources. "One of the things I hope to accomplish through this program is to advance the notion that health IT isn't about the technology. It's about the health of the individuals and communities we serve," Reicks said.


Dr. Reicks has practiced as a family physician in Grand Junction, for 25 years. He was selected to participate in the CMS Innovation Center's Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, was a significant participant in the Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC) and currently serves as president of the Mesa County Physicians IPA. Read the CBC News Release.

So you think you want to opt-out of Meaningful Use? You May Want to Think Again... 

It is understandable that physicians and other eligible providers (EP) might want to stop reporting and attesting for Meaningful Use (MU); it's a lot of work, MU Stage 2 is looming, and the incentives are getting smaller.  If you are considering the purchase and migration to a new EHR, the task seems even more daunting. 


However, you may want to consider this decision very carefully.  Once an EP has attested for MU, any skipped year will trigger the penalties that begin in 2015.  If a physician or provider skips any year of the incentive program, they also lose that year's incentive payment permanently.


As noted on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) web site beginning in 2015, Medicare eligible professionals who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use will be subject to a payment adjustment. The payment reduction starts at 1% and increases each year that a Medicare eligible professional does not demonstrate meaningful use, to a maximum of 5% if the provider does not demonstrate meaningful use of EHR technology.

There are some very specific hardship scenarios that physicians and providers can apply for, but application is no guarantee of exemption.