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May 2015
In this issue of REConnection...

Welcome to the May issue of REConnectionWe 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

Attendance doubles at second annual CurrentCare Open House

"When your EHR is down, you can still get to CurrentCare to look at patients' meds and labs," said Dr. Lynn Ho, of North Kingstown Family Practice, during the Rhode Island Quality Institute's (RIQI) second annual open house. "When the power is out - you can still get to CurrentCare via your smartphone. It's great for tracking down numbers for quality reporting; tracking down mammo results and covering other doctor's patients," she said.
Dr. Lynn Ho, at left, and CEO Laura Adams, of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, meet to chat about all the benefits of using CurrentCare during the RIQI Open House.

Dr. Ho graciously served as guest speaker during the event, which provided Rhode Island's healthcare community a chance to come in, ask questions about CurrentCare, take an on-site Viewer training course and to see what else CurrentCare has to offer. Dr. Ho has the highest percentage of patients enrolled in CurrentCare. She explained that she looks at her daily patient schedule and notes the ones that are not yet enrolled and makes it a point to talk it over with them when they arrive for their appointment.

Doubling attendance at last year's Open House, the event served as a forum to offer some real-time information on CurrentCare, how best to use it, and learn how much of a benefit it can be to providers as well as patients.

Plans for next year's Open House are already under way!

Things are changing in the provider-patient healthcare equation. More and more patients are taking active roles in their their own healthcare process, whether short-term or long-term. To help facilitate this national trend, the Rhode Island Quality Institute, which manages CurrentCare, (Rhode Island's Health Information Exchange) is sponsoring the 2015 BETTER HEALTH: It's Your Health Take Charge conference on June 4 and 5, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Foxwoods Resort Casino

This unique conference brings providers and patients together and both will have the opportunity to interact with each other, as well as with the keynote speakers, Jacob Reider, MD, Chief Strategy Officer at Kryon, Inc. and Chuck Bell, Programs Director from Consumer Reports. Event topics include navigating healthcare, advanced-care planning, the medical home and accountable care from the patient's perspective, chronic care management, choosing a healthcare app, and health and wellness. Register now!

 Join us for our 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!

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 doing a patient panel analysis to determine which of their patients are still not enrolled in CurrentCare, 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.



The Four Ts come to life at ICD-10 webinar


On May 8, the Rhode Island Quality Institute hosted a webinar with Nancy Enos (FACMPE, CPMA, CPC-1), who discussed the Four Ts of Transition to ICD-10: Timing, Training, Testing, and Technology. Enos is an independent consultant with the MGMA Health Care Consulting Group and owner of ENOS Medical Coding. Her company developed a suite of online training courses, including modules on ICD-10 Coding and separate ICD-10 trainings for various specialties. To see the complete list of offerings, click here.


If you missed the webinar, here is a link to Nancy's slide presentation:  

Nancy also recommended these additional ICD-10 resources:

Nearly half a million. One in two. Every other Rhode Islander. 
We're almost there. You can help.

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 us to set CurrentCare enrollment and/or utilization goals for 2015 and be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle Fire!


Make your life easier with the new CurrentCare Guidebook

You could say it's the source of sources. The place to go for all things CurrentCare. Officially, it's the CurrentCare Guidebook - A guide to patient information available in CurrentCare.

Need to know who provides lab results, medication reconciliations, or want to know which Primary Care Providers participate in CurrentCare? Then check out the Guidebook. We've got Specialists in there too. And we list who has EKG Report capability and we even include a nifty chart that features who posts Hospital Encounters. There's also a section on which EHRs connect with CurrentCare, and information on Admissions, Discharges and Transfers, or ADTs. There's even a few helpful tips on how to make CurrentCare work better for your practice.

So check it out: The CurrentCare Guidebook .


We goofed...

The Meaningful Use Stage 3 story we ran last month contained a little numerical error. So we rounded up a MENSA team of mathematicians and corrected our numbered list below. We apologize for the confusion.

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 healthcare 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. Computerized physician order entries
5. Patient electronic access to their data
6. Coordination of care through patient engagement
7. Health information exchange
8. Public health reporting

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


Rhode Island Medical Society Journal: May Edition  

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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