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In this Issue of REConnection

Welcome to the October issue of REConnection. 
We have lots of great information to share with you.  
Here are some of the highlights:

As always, we welcome your feedback and story ideas. Just email us at REConnection Feedback.

Best Regards, 
The RI REC Team
NEWS: CMS to Reopen MU Hardship Exception Applications to Avoid the 2015 Medicare Payment Adjustment


On October 7th, CMS announced its intent to reopen the submission period for Meaningful Use hardship exception applications. The original deadlines were April 1, 2014 for eligible hospitals and July 1, 2014 for eligible professionals. The new deadline will be November 30, 2014.

The new submission period is for eligible hospitals and providers meeting these criteria:

* Have been unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT due to delays in 2014 Edition CEHRTavailability; AND

* Eligible Professionals (EPs) who were unable to attest by October 1, 2014 and eligible hospitals that were unable to attest by
  July 1, 2014 using the flexibility options provided in the CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule.

To read the complete press release, click here


SuSummary of Care Stage 2 Workgroup

The Rhode Island Quality Institute is offering an opportunity for healthcare providers to work together to develop a plan for achieving the Stage 2 Summary of Care Core Objective 15.  We are calling this the "Summary of Care Stage 2 Workgroup". (If you participated on the FIRST call on 10/3/14, please invite your referral sites to attend, and/or feel free to join the call again if you like)


Answer this brief SurveyMonkey


Participate on an upcoming Summary of Care Stage 2 Meaningful Use Workgroup call;
visit the link to pre-register:

Wednesday, October 22nd  8:00 - 8:45 am 
please register by 10/20/14

Friday, October 31st
  12:00 - 12:45 pm
please register by 10/24/14


Agenda for Summary of Care Stage 2 Meaningful Use Workgroup calls:

  • Overview of Stage 2 Summary of Care Core Objective 15
  • Details of (sub) Measures 1, 2, 3
  • How do I send a summary of care record electronically?
  • What do Specialists need to do?
  • How do I get a Direct account?
  • Where can healthcare providers find Direct addresses?
  • Open discussion by Workgroup on connecting and collaborating
Please direct any questions to the

PQPQRS Updates and Resources provides Step-by-Step Instructions for Getting Started with the Physician Quality Reporting System
(PQRS). Additionally, eHealthUniversity, provided by, has provided several PDFs that explain the Physician Quality Reporting System and 2014 Reporting Requirements. Click on the links below to view the training module.

Beginner: Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS): Quality Measurement 101

This module contains information about Eligibility, Quality Measures, Reporting, Incentive Payments, Payment Adjustments, and contains links to additional resources.

Intermediate: PQRS 2014 Reporting Requirements

This module explains 2014 Reporting Options for individuals and for group practices, 2014 Reporting Options for Avoiding the 2016 Payment Adjustment, How Reporting Affects the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier, and contains links to additional resources.

Advanced: PQRS: How to Report Once for 2014 Medicare Quality Reporting Programs

This training module is for eligible professionals (EPs) who are interested in reporting quality measures one time during the 2014 program year to become eligible for an incentive for multiple Medicare quality programs.  This module focuses on Reporting Once for Individual Eligible Providers, Reporting Once for Group Practices - 2-24 EPs, 25-99 EPs, 100+ EPs, Reporting Once for EPs in Medicare Shared Savings Program, and Reporting Once for EPs in Pioneer ACO.  There are also links to additional resources. 

Lets Get to Half!

As of September 2014, more than 422,000 Rhode Island residents 
are enrolled in CurrentCare. While this achievement is noteworthy, let's work together to reach a goal of 500,000 patients, approximately half of Rhode Island!


Why strive to enroll more patients in CurrentCare? 

The benefit of CurrentCare increases as you enroll more patients, enabling successful look-ups in Viewer and a greater number of Hospital Alert notifications. 


How to get started!

Using the 3-step plan below, set a 2014 enrollment goal for your practice and be recognized for your success in a future edition of the REConnection newsletter!


STEP 1: Choose a patient enrollment goal for your organization
  • Identify a reasonable enrollment goal for your organization to reach by December 31st. Remember, there is a subsidy for enrollment of $2 for online registrations and $1 for paper sign-ups.
  • Easy techniques to increase CurrentCare visibility at your organization and encourage patient enrollment include email messaging and adding the CurrentCare enrollment link to your website:
STEP 2: Communicate to your team
  • Email messages are effective in getting your team on-board to increase CurrentCare enrollment numbers.
  • Mention CurrentCare enrollment goals at staff meetings as a strategy in helping you reach your goal.
  • Please contact us at and indicate your 2014 goal if you wish to receive monthly enrollment totals.
STEP 3: Train or retrain your team
  • Invite the enrollment team to your site
  • Ask about CurrentCare enrollment status with every patient.  

Checking CurrentCare Enrollments for Your Practice

To obtain a list of which of your patients are not enrolled, 

contact us at 888-858-4815 to request a patient panel analysis.  

A Business Associate Agreement (BAA) must be in place so 

that your practice can send us a patient panel.

We wish you the best in developing and successfully meeting 
your 2014 CurrentCare enrollment goals, and hope you can 
help RI get to 500,000 patients in 2015!
PLZPlease join us for breakfast and a CurrentCare Viewer Training

The benefits of CurrentCare Viewer:
  • CurrentCare Viewer allows providers to access healthcare information about patients
  • CurrentCare Viewer saves time in researching patient medical histories, looking for lab and imaging results and performing medication reconciliation.
  • CurrentCare Viewer can help to avoid repeat lab tests
Please attend a CurrentCare Viewer training to gain access to CurrentCare and start saving time and money - for your practice and your patients. You will learn how to use the CurrentCare Viewer to gain access to a wealth of information:
  • 90% of all RI prescription data
  • 85% of all RI lab data
  • Imaging Reports
  • Information about hospital admission, discharge, and transfers from emergency departments and all the acute care hospitals in the state.

Staff will also be available to provide information about CurrentCare Hospital Alerts.

If you want to know more, please join us!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

A light continental breakfast will be available.

Kirkbrae Country Club - Charcoal Room

197 Old River Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865


Use the Member's entrance on the right and immediately turn right into the Charcoal Room.

This event is free, but space is limited. Please register by October 20th 

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YOYou can make a difference in how CurrentCare services are built!
Do you have ideas on how CurrentCare services can be developed that you would like to share? The Rhode Island Quality Institute is looking for care team members who would like to have a voice in how CurrentCare services evolve. If you are interested in participating in an upcoming focus group, please register for more information here:
Don't miss these upcoming events

Breakfast & CurrentCare Viewer Training


Thursday, October 23, 2014

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Kirkbrae Country Club - Charcoal Room

197 Old River Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865

Presenters: Brian Miller, RI REC


Join us for a live training of the CurrentCare Viewer and learn how to access health information about your patients that you may be missing.  Viewer can save time and money for your practice and your patients. (See full article above)

Register Here  


REConnection Live 

Friday, October 24, 2014

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Presenters: Peggy Menna & Brian Miller, RI REC


Join us for this brief webinar where we'll give you updates on articles contained in this issue of REConnection.  In this session, we'll focus on the most current changes to the federal meaningful use program and let you know how you can prepare to meet the Stage 2 Summary of Care Core Objective 15.  As always, we will open the floor for questions on these and other current topics after the session.


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HitHealth IT Professional Certification
The RI Regional Extension Center offers free licenses to take online Health IT professional certification courses.  Upon successful completion of a course, you can add the appropriate credential after your name. This offer is available to Rhode Island primary care providers and specialists, their office staff, and any Rhode Island-based college student enrolled in a health IT-related course of study.  
Click here for more information about this programor contact the RI REC at
888-858-4815. Participation is available on a first-come, first-served
 basis and available through December 2014.

RIMDRhode Island Medical Journal:

RIQI is pleased to share the August and September 2014 editions of the Rhode Island Medical Journal, the monthly publication  of the Rhode Island Medical Society.  See the CurrentCare ad on page 56!


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The RI Regional Extension Center (RI REC) is a service of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and value of health care in Rhode Island. To learn more, visit


RI REC and its services and materials are made possible through a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology with US Department of Health and Human Services support.

REConnection is intended to provide the Rhode Island healthcare community and other interested stakeholders with timely news and information about RI REC's programs, resources, and educational activities that support the adoption of health information technology.

To learn more about participating in RI REC's EHR Adoption, HIE/CurrentCare, and Direct Adoption Programs, please call  888-924-4156 or write to