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Questions about CurrentCare? Come on down to our Open House!


Swing on into the CurrentCare Open House on May 13, from 5 to 8 pm! We'll give you the grand tour, answer all your burning questions about CurrentCare, provide a real-time Viewer training session and we'll even feed you! Also, all attendees will have the chance to win a free Kindle Fire!

You will have the chance to meet our team and they'll be able to help you become a pro at using CurrentCare, the ultimate tool in efficient patient care coordination.

Need even more inspiration to use CurrentCare? Dr. Lynn Ho will share her experience using CurrentCare to help her micro-practice run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

This event is free, but registration is required, so hit that big green button and we'll see you on May 13!


April 2015
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Welcome to the April issue of REConnection!
We have lots of great information to share with you.
Here are some of the highlights:

Rhode Island Medical Journal - April 2015

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

Best Regards,
The RI REC Team

Meaningful Use Stage 3 - Proposed Rule

We need your feedback!

On March 20, 2015, CMS, HHS, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released the proposed rule for Stage 3 of the federal EHR incentive program.

The proposed rule attempts to reduce provider burden in MU Attestation and clinical quality reporting to increase sustainability of Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive reporting and facilitate interoperability. The Proposed Stage 3 Requirements are as follows:

Change in the EHR Reporting Period
The proposed rule changes the EHR reporting period to align with the calendar year beginning in 2017. Additionally, you may begin Stage 3 MU in 2017 (optional) or 2018 (required).

Simplification of Meaningful Use (MU) Requirements
The proposed rule simplifies MU requirements to eight core objectives that focus on advanced use of EHRs, align with national health care quality improvement efforts, promote interoperability and health information exchange, and increase the flexibility of reporting to better fit your patient population. The measures for Stage 3's eight advanced use objectives include:

1.  Protect electronic health information
2.  e-Prescribing
3.  Clinical decision support
4.  Patient electronic access to their data
6.  Coordination of care through patient engagement
7.  Health information exchange
8.  Public health reporting

Supporting EHR Adoption, Interoperability, and Advanced Use
The proposed rule supports EHR Adoption and, in accordance with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's (ONC) Interoperability Roadmap, facilitates EHR Interoperability by enabling providers and consumers to access health information for compiling clinical data sets to improve healthcare while keeping health information private.

We need your feedback: The commenting period for the proposed rule is open until May 29, 2015. If you would like your comments to be heard, please submit them here by May 22nd. We will compile all comments and post them to by the deadline.

For more information on the proposed rule refer to the HHS press release and ONC fact sheet.


Local physician encourages patients to enroll in CurrentCare


Dr. Lynn Ho, a family practitioner at North Kingstown Family Practice, has enrolled more than 70% of her patient panel in CurrentCare, making her the highest enrolling physician in the state. In a recent newsletter, Dr. Ho encouraged her patients not yet enrolled to do so, citing the benefits of CurrentCare:


"....I've found CurrentCare to be an invaluable tool for your care in hunting down labs, X-rays and medications prescribed or ordered by other doctors. I am following this newsletter with a separate email to those of you who have not signed on yet with directions on how to enroll online if interested." 


There are now more than 454,000 people enrolled in CurrentCare. Please contact the Rhode Island Quality Institute at 888.858.4815 to learn more about:

  • How to enroll your patients
  • How to conduct a patient panel analysis to determine patients not yet enrolled
  • How to create an email campaign to encourage your patients to enroll
  • CurrentCare Viewer and how to utilize it in your practice
  • CurrentCare Hospital Alerts to notify you of admissions and discharges

Special Note: Dr. Ho will also be our guest speaker at our May 13 Open House!



Enrollment Continues - Jump on Board!

 Nearly half of all Rhode Islanders are already enrolled, but 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 the Rhode Island Quality Institute at 888.858.4815

or send an email to 


Special: Contact your relationship manager to set CurrentCare enrollment and/or utilization goals for 2015 and be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle Fire! 


 Join us for a new series - CurrentCare Quick Bites


CurrentCare Quick Bites is a lunchtime series of 15-minute updates about CurrentCare. Our experts, Peggy Menna and Andrea Levesque, will present information about new and updated features and helpful tips about using CurrentCare in your practice. We'll even start at 12:15 to give you time to grab your lunch and dial in. We hope you'll join us!

What Patient Data is in CurrentCare today? Register Here

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 12:15 - 12:30 pm


You can now access more than 142 different data sources in one place! Did you know that Lifespan has started sending both inpatient and ambulatory information into CurrentCare? Come learn what's been added since you were trained, and a quick overview of what's coming soon! 

Enrollment - Panel Analysis and Enrollment Campaign Register Here

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 12:15 - 12:30 pm


In order to reach out to an entire patient panel, many physicians are using the Panel Analysis to determine which of their patients are still not enrolled in CurrentCare, and then reaching out to those patients via an email campaign. Tune in to see how easy it is!


How to Print from the CurrentCare Viewer Register Here
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 12:15 - 12:30 pm

The CurrentCare Viewer offers a wealth of information in various formats. Join us for a demonstration on how to print labs, pathology and imaging reports, and information in the Summary report.

Got a question you'd like us to address at any of these sessions? Send us an email at, Subject: CurrentCare Quick Bites.


ICD-10 Webinar: May 8


The Four Ts of Transition to ICD-10

An Action Plan for your practice


Friday, May 8, 2015  

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Register Here


The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will impact many aspects of medical practice management. Please join us for a lunchtime Webinar with national expert and certified professional coder, Nancy Enos (FACMPE, CPMA, CPC-1), for an engaging and informative presentation about ICD-10 and what your practice can do to prepare for the change. Nancy will discuss the Four Ts of Transition to ICD-10: Timing, Training, Testing, and Technology. After the presentation, there will be time for Q&A.


You can also keep up to date on ICD-10 by visiting the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare. Sign up for CMS ICD-10 Industry Email Updates and follow CMS 

on Twitter.

Privacy and Security Guide Update from
This past Monday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released Version 2.0 of the Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information. In the updated Guide you will find practical scenarios that explain when a business associate (BA) relationship exists, suggested questions health care providers may want to ask their health IT product developers, and a seven-step approach for implementing a security management process. Read the blog post and the updated guide!


PQRS Corner


The New England QIN-QIO
PQRS/VM Q&A Corner

Welcome to the New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (NE QIN-QIO, administered by Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with Qualidigm), PQRS/VM Q&A Corner. 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 & VM they have received:

Q. Will physicians in ACOs be impacted by the Value-Based payment Modifier?
A. Physicians in groups, as identified by Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), participating in a Shared Savings Program ACO are not subject to the 2015 or 2016 Value-based Payment Modifier (VM). Please note that this determination is made based on whether the group was a participant in a Shared Savings Program ACO in the relevant performance period (2013 for the 2015 VM and 2014 for the 2016 VM). Beginning in 2017, the VM will apply to all physicians in groups of 2 or more and physician solo practitioners including those who participate in a Shared Savings Program ACO. Groups and solo practitioners who participate in a Shared Savings Program ACO in the performance period (e.g. 2015 for the 2017 VM) will have their cost composite for the VM classified as "average" and their quality composite calculated by applying the VM quality benchmarks to the ACO's quality data reported through the group practice reporting option web interface and the claims-based all cause readmission measure. 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. Source: CMS submitted question & answer (CMS case number 2015-56832)

Q. Can our group of 22 providers submit PQRS measures via the GPRO Web Interface?
A. Thank you for your follow-up question. Group practices of 25 or more are the only ones able to report via the GPRO Web Interface (no exceptions) , however, there are many other reporting options available to groups under 25 that still want to report as a group. Here is the link to the CMS page that outlines your options.

3 Part PQRS/VM Webinar Series
* Part 3 - Quality Resource and Use Reports (QRUR) -- STAY TUNED -- DATE TBD

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.
Welcome new Team Members  
We are pleased to announce that Suzette Santos and Kris Gove have joined the team at the Rhode Island Quality Institute.

Suzette Santos, Associate, REC Relationship Manager, will be responsible for assisting providers through enrollment and program activities to help them achieve meaningful use of their EHR and will interact with providers and practice teams to help direct their health IT strategy. She will also be working closely with practices to drive CurrentCare service adoption and assist with utilization.

Most recently, Suzette served as Practice Manager at CharterCARE Medical Associates in Lincoln, RI. Suzette brings more than 17 years of practice management experience and knowledge of NCQA qualifications and Meaningful Use.

Kris Gove, Associate, Communications, will be responsible for aiding in the communication and marketing needs of RIQI, while raising awareness of CurrentCare and increasing demand and receptivity to adoption and use of CurrentCare services.

Most recently, Kris served as an independent consultant and brings more than 14 years of experience in professional communications, writing/copywriting, editing and newspaper/newsletter design. 

Please join us in welcoming Suzette and Kris to the RIQI team!


Rhode Island Medical Society Journal: April Edition  


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












April 2015


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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