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February 2015
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Welcome to the February 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: CurrentCare Viewer Adds Value to Quality Reporting

Practices have had success with quality reporting by checking CurrentCare Viewer for recently performed labs and imaging tests that may not be documented in the EHR. This is also a good way to avoid repeating these tests, which saves time and reduces cost.    


Best practice workflow for updating quality reporting and improving patient care:


  1. Run exception reports at least quarterly for patients who have not had an A1C, mammogram or other test.
  2. Check the patients' records in the CurrentCare Viewer to see most recent labs or imaging reports
    (use the Lab Results or Diagnostic Imaging tabs to the left of the screen, or use the Summary Report)
  3. If recent information is not located in the CurrentCare record, then order the tests needed.
  4. If information is found in CurrentCare that is not in the EHR, update the patient chart.        


"I regularly review our cardiac and diabetic patient databases. If a patient has old LDL/A1C results, then I go into CurrentCare. I am quite often able to see lab reports ordered by other providers...getting labs from CurrentCare can be faster than getting hospital records."  


~ Patty Kelly-Flis, Director of Quality, WellOne Primary Medical & Dental Care




Enrollment Continues!


We still need your help with signing up patients for CurrentCare!


If you need new forms, posters, or a pickup of completed forms,

please contact Rhode Island Quality Institute at 1-888-858-4815

or send an email to 




Congratulations to Kerri Costa, RI REC Manager

RI REC Manager Kerri Costa recently completed the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) program on Patient-Centered Medical Home and NCQA PCMH Recognition Standards to achieve the NCQA PCMH Content Expert Certification. Kerri joins two other REC staff - Andrea Levesque and Sue Dettling who have also achieved this certification.


For the past four years, RI REC has assisted practices with achieving Meaningful Use of electronic health records, implementing CurrentCare services, and applying for and reaching PCMH recognition. 
REMINDER: February 28, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET is the deadline to attest to demonstrating meaningful use of data collected during a 2014 reporting period for eligible professionals participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program (see eligibility requirements here: Attesting to Meaningful Use is an annual requirement for those who wish to receive an incentive payment and avoid the Medicare payment adjustment. Medicare eligible professionals who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2014 and do not receive a hardship exemption will face payment adjustments beginning January 1, 2016.


For professionals eligible for both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, demonstrating meaningful use is required to avoid payment adjustments; however, the process can be completed under either Medicare or Medicaid. Professionals who are only eligible to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program are not subject to the payment adjustments.

Note: If you joined the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014, you must attest by February 28, 2015 if you intend to continue to participate in the Program.



New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (NE QIN-QIO), administered by Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with Qualidigm, is hosting a PQRS/VM Q&A Corner in the REC newsletter.  


The NE QIN-QIO provides support services to health care providers, organizations and community stakeholders to assist in achieving elements of the Triple Aim through quality reporting programs. Here are some FAQs on PQRS they have received:



Q. How should a provider report for PQRS if they switch their TIN halfway through the year?

A. Eligible physicians who switch their TIN during the year should report PQRS using their current TIN. No data from the previous TIN will be included in your reporting for the year.


Q. Is the 2016 PQRS payment adjustment based on the provider's claims for CY 2016 or CY 2014?


A. The 2016 PQRS payment adjustment will be based on 2014 PQRS reporting and will be applied to 2016 Medicare Part B claims.



Do You Have a Question?


Please submit your PQRS/VM questions to and they will answer you directly. Questions & Answers that have a more global interest will be posted in this corner and serve to inform future NE QIN-QIO informational webinars.



CMS Resources:

3 Part PQRS/VM Webinar Series


Deadlines Approaching!


February 28, 2015

  • Last day to submit 2014 e-CQMs for dual participation in PQRS and Medicare Meaningful Use
  • Last day to submit 2014 PQRS data via EHR reporting methods
  • Last day to submit 2014 PQRS data via QCDR reporting for dual participation in PQRS and Medicare Meaningful Use

March 20, 2015

  • Last day for groups to submit 2014 PQRS data for GPRO Web Interface

March 31, 2015

  • Last day for MOC entities to submit 2014 quality data
  • Last day to submit 2014 PQRS data via registry or QCDR for PQRS only

ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Week: 
March 2-6, 2015
To help you prepare for the transition to ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offers acknowledgement testing for current direct submitters (providers and clearinghouses) to test with the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) MAC Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor anytime up to the October 1, 2015, implementation date.


CMS previously conducted two successful acknowledgement testing weeks in March 2014 and November 2014. These acknowledgement testing weeks give submitters access to real-time help desk support and allow CMS to analyze testing data. Registration is not required for these virtual events.


How To Participate

Information is available on your
MAC website or through your clearinghouse (if you use a clearinghouse to submit claims to Medicare). Any provider who submits claims electronically can participate in acknowledgement testing.






Health IT Professional Certification
A Free Professional Development Opportunity

The RI Regional Extension Center off
ers free licenses to take online Health IT professional certification courses. Courses are administered by Health IT Certification - an online based organization that provides professional training and certification for those responsible for planning, selecting, implementing, and managing electronic health records (EHR) and other health IT. The RI REC will process your free license for one or more of the available courses, and Health IT Certification creates an account for you to get started. This offer is available to Rhode Island primary care providers and specialists, their office staff, and any Rhode Island-based college students enrolled in a health IT-related course of study. 

To take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your professional development, click here.

To request a license to get started, contact the RI REC at 888-858-4815 or email The RI REC has a limited number of licenses available and participation is available on a first-come, first-served

RIMedJournalRhode Island Medical Journal:

RIQI is pleased to share the latest edition of the Rhode Island Medical Journal, the monthly publication of the Rhode Island Medical Society.



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