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July 2015
In this issue of REConnection...

Welcome to the July 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.

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The RI REC Team

RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services partners with Rhode Island Quality Institute to offer MU technical assistance for Medicaid providers

The RI Executive Office Of Health and Human Services has contracted with the Rhode Island Quality Institute's (RIQI) Regional Extension Center (REC) to provide technical assistance to Medicaid providers who are seeking to adopt, implement, or upgrade and meaningfully use an electronic health record under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. 
The REC will assist Medicaid providers seeking to adopt, implement, or upgrade an EHR, reach MU for the first time, or advance to the next year/stage of the MU program. Additionally the REC will provide educational sessions and training on issues related to MU such as performing privacy and security risk assessments, meeting MU quality measures, and preparing for MU audits.

Providers who are eligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive program may qualify for up to $63,750 in federal incentives over the course of the program. If you are a Rhode Island Medicaid provider and would like more information, please contact the RI Regional Extension Center by phone at 888-858-4815 or email:

The Rhode Island Regional Extension Center is a service of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2001 and overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of senior health industry leaders from our community. RIQI is a center of collaborative innovation that advances health and healthcare transformation, whose mission is to improve the quality, safety and value of healthcare and share knowledge that advances the field of healthcare improvement.

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Sophia Kreyssig, Quality Assistant at Coastal Medical (Corporate Office)
On the Spot award winner chats about how she uses CurrentCare

CurrentCare user and On the Spot award winner Sophia Kreyssig takes a few moments to discuss her experience with CurrentCare. 

How has CurrentCare helped you do your job?
I'm able to find information when I have a long list of patients missing a test (flu vaccine, mammogram, or recent lab results, such as annual cardiac risk panels for our diabetic patients).

What information do you find most useful?
I can find flu vaccines in the list of CurrentCare medications, or mammograms under Diagnostic Imaging but sometimes I gather other helpful information that allows me to track down the results. As an example, if I don't find mammogram results, I can often find the name of the Ob/Gyn in CurrentCare, and then I contact the provider to ask for mammogram results.

Do you have recommendations for others in similar roles?
Yes, I definitely recommend it. I have had conversations with others in similar roles to share how CurrentCare has helped me find patient information.

It will be even more helpful to me as even more Coastal patients are enrolled in CurrentCare!

On the Spot winner Amanda Appt, sitting, shares a smile with CurrentCare Relationship Manager Suzette Santos.

Amanda Appt wins On the Spot for Enrollment

The CurrentCare Enrollment On the Spot award for the month of June went to Amanda Appt, from University Internal Medicine. Amanda's CurrentCare representative, Suzette Santos, asked her what she liked most about CurrentCare. 

"I like so many things about CurrentCare," Amanda said. "But the one that stands out the most is that it saves time in my day and my work flow. Having the patients enrolled really makes it easier to obtain results quickly."

Suzette presented Amanda with a certificate of achievement, a CurrentCare mouse pad, pens and a gift card to a local restaurant.


CurrentCare continues to offer online enrollment incentive


CurrentCare is the No. 1 way to share patient health information quickly and accurately. And it can save you time and money. It's that simple -- and we're offering an incentive for you to enroll patients online!


Here's what you need to do:


  • Contact RIQI to learn how to securely submit a patient panel
  • Receive back a list of patients who are not enrolled in CurrentCare
  • Use RIQI's email template, that includes a link to the enrollment form
  • Email the message to your patients who have not enrolled. That's it!


And as a thank-you for your hard work, RIQI will send you a $100 gift card to Panera Bread so you can treat your staff to a great lunch!


To get started, contact Brian Miller at 401-276-9141 x 286, or drop him an email at


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 Join us for our new series:
CurrentCare Quick Bites


Want to learn more about Viewer in just 15 minutes?


Improving Quality Measures using CurrentCare REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 12:15 - 12:30 pm 


Improve quality measures and save staff time all at once? Yes, CurrentCare helps you do both! You're welcome! Tune in to see how CurrentCare can help you find the information you need to avoid chasing down results or reordering them, and improve your quality measures at the same time!


ICD-10 deadline will be here quicker than you think

Check out this new animated video by CMS. It provides an overview of what changes to expect when converting from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The deadline is October 1, 2015.

Or you can check out the CMS Quick Start Guide for answers to your pressing ICD-10 questions!


The New England QIN-QIO: PQRS/VM Q&A Corner - July 2015


CMS Transition from IACS to EIDM

CMS retired its Individuals Authorized Access to Computer Services (IACS) system on Monday, July 13, 2015. Current IACS user accounts have transitioned to an existing CMS system called Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM). The EIDM system provides a way for business partners to apply for, obtain approval of and receive a single user ID for accessing multiple CMS applications.

Useful Information and Tips for Existing PQRS Users:
  • Existing PQRS IACS users, their data, and their roles will move to EIDM and will be accessible from the "CMS Secure Portal" portion of the CMS Enterprise Portal at
  • Users will then access the "PQRS Portal" to submit data, retrieve submission reports, view feedback reports, and conduct various administrative and maintenance activities.
  • There was a July 3, 2015 deadline to access your IACS account, change the password if was due to expire before July 12, and update your profile if necessary; if you missed this deadline:
    • Your IACS account is likely suspended
    • To ascertain the status of your IACS/EIDM accounts, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) from 7 am to 7 pm Central Time Monday through Friday, or via email at

Additional information: EIDM Quick Reference Guides on the Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal, and the CMS EIDM User Guide


CMS Begins Implementation of Key Payment Legislation

Proposed update to Physician Fee Schedule is first since repeal of SGR

The proposal includes a number of provisions focused on person-centered care, and continues the Administration's commitment to transform the Medicare program to a system based on quality and healthy outcomes. 

 ● Read the
media release                      ● Read the unpublished version of the proposed rule

Do You Have a Question?
Helpful Articles & Tools

Please submit your PQRS/VM questions to

You will receive a direct response. Questions & Answers that are of more global interest will be posted in this corner and serve to inform future NE QIN-QIO informational webinars.

Rhode Island Medical Society Journal: July 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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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 Health IT Adoption, HIE/CurrentCare, and Direct Adoption Programs, please call  888-924-4156 or write to