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October 2015
In this issue of REConnection...

Welcome to the September 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

Rhode Island Quality Institute Receives Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award
Statewide collaborative will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices
The Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced recently by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. RIQI will receive up to $8.3M over four years to provide technical assistance to help equip clinicians in Rhode Island with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients' access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

As a Practice Transformation Network, RIQI will provide practice transformation assistance, care coordination tools and services, and performance measurement, reporting and evaluation to help participating clinicians meet the initiative's five phases of transformation and associated milestones, clinical and operational results.

Special Note: We are recruiting clinicians to receive this assistance right now! Please email today for more info!

For additional information: 

CurrentCare is nearly half a million strong, help us pop the top!

Check this out: CurrentCare is about to break the 500,000-enrollee mark. As in nearly half a million people. We're so close, but we need your help. At 478,000 already enrolled, we only need 22,000 more Rhode Islanders to sign up to push that number into staggering territory. Why? Because the more enrollees you have in CurrentCare, the better you can help your patients! We want to pop the top on that thermometer over there on the right. So what do you say?
Half a million. That's half of Rhode Island! Although 22,000 people might seem like a low number in comparison, in reality, that's all of Bristol. Or the entire population of Central Falls. Or one whole Smithfield. Or a Narragansett and a Foster combined. Or four Jamestowns. You get the picture.
The bottom line is this: We need your help with enrolling ALL of Rhode Island's residents in CurrentCare, which will help your patients, save you time and money. We know you're busy. We know you're maxed out. And we know it's full-on Flu Season. So in addition to knowing that you've helped thousands of people already and want to help 22,000 more enroll in CurrentCare, a simple life- and money-saving tool, we want to make it worth your while.  
Talk to your REC Relationship Manager today to set up enrollment goals for the end of 2015 and we'll enter you in a raffle to win a Kindle Fire!
If you need new forms, posters, or a pickup of completed forms, please get in touch at 888.858.4815, or send an email to
We're almost there!

New Rules for EHR Incentive Programs Released
Rhode Island Quality Institute is here to help
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued final rules changing the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.  The final rules simplify requirements and encompass 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.
Some of the changes include: 
  • In 2015 only, the EHR reporting period will be any continuous 90-day period
  • There will be "a 60-day public comment period to gather additional feedback about Stage 3"
  • Regardless of the 90-day EHR reporting period in 2015, providers will not be able to attest to MU for an EHR reporting period in 2015 prior to January 4, 2016 for Medicare. The Rhode Island Medicaid attestation system is currently being updated to accommodate these changes - exact date for attestation deadline to be determined.
  • Providers and state Medicaid agencies will now have until Jan. 1, 2018 to comply and prepare for the next set of system improvements
  • Stage 3 will now be optional in 2017
  • Stage 3 will have eight objectives; more than 60 percent require interoperability; public health reporting will have flexibility options
  • Cybersecurity requirements have been strengthened
The Regional Extension Center (REC) a service of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) is here to help you navigate the new rules and help you and your healthcare team meet the new requirements. Get in touch with your Relationship Manager today at 888-858-4815, Option 4, or email
For more information:

Webinar: Meaningful Use for 2015-2017 - What You Need to Know
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12-1 pm 

Description: Join RIQI's experts on Meaningful Use, Sue Dettling and Suzette Santos, to learn about the modifications to the Meaningful Use Rule for 2015-2017 and what it means for you. This webinar will include things you need to know about Meaningful Use today, including what has changed, what has stayed the same, along with a question and answer session. 
Cost: RIQI/REC Members: Free* Non-Members: $10 per person
Not sure if your practice is a member? Contact us at
*Fee waived if practice is participating in Medicaid EHR incentive program.

Please make checks payable to RI Quality Institute and send to:
RI Quality Institute, 50 Holden St., Providence, RI 02908

There's more to CurrentCare than meets the eye: Check out Relentless Health's podcasts with RIQI's CEO Laura Adams

Laura dives deep into the history, value and features of CurrentCare in this podcast with Relentless Health Value. She touches on the beginnings of CurrentCare as the state's H.I.E., how it has grown over the last decade and where it is headed in the very-near future. 

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Denise DaSilva...

Congratulations to Denise DaSilva, an Administrative Medical Assistant at Thundermist Health Center, who is the winner of the September On the Spot Award for the most patients viewed in the CurrentCare Viewer!

Denise was also featured as part of last month's On the Spot Award, which was awarded to her teammate Sue Uttley. Denise has decided to share the spotlight with her teammates Sue Uttley and TJ Lindquist, who were the 2nd and 3rd place winners, respectively, and their supervisor, Karen Mazzola.

We met with their team again this month to get an update. They are using CurrentCare for a quality project to locate missing pap results that aren't in their EHR. The results are in... they were able to locate 588 new pap results and 261 new HPV results! Wow!  

The team is also using CurrentCare for daily pre-visit planning, including searching for pap and mammogram results. Providers and staff at all three Thundermist sites are thankful for their hard work!

Denise tells us that their team "has mastered the art of using CurrentCare!" and TJ added, "I would recommend CurrentCare to anyone who has lab projects... because chances are, you will find the results you are looking for."

Kent Hospital's Patient Access Services Department

The team in Kent Hospital's Patient Access Services Department came out on top this month and won the On the Spot Award for the most CurrentCare enrollments! The whole gang gathered recently for an on-the-spot celebration too! They are: Row 1, Cindy Miga, Patient Access Associate; Row 2, from left, Wendy Owen, Patient Access Associate, Deb Skorski, Patient Access Associate and Carol Davis, Lead Patient Access Associate; and Row 3, from left, Karen Macomber, Patient Access Associate, Linda Perry, Patient Access Associate and Liz Black, Patient Access Associate.

Peer Hear: CurrentCare QuickBite - Extended Session!
Hear From Your Peers Who Use the Viewer
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 12:15 pm - 1 pm 

Your peers will tell you what matters most! Hear from frequent CurrentCare users about how the Viewer is helping to make their jobs easier, including Kathleen Kristopik, Registered Nurse at The Providence Center. This extended 45-minute Quick Bites session will include lots of time for your questions!

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

This month's edition of the QIN-QIO newsletter contains an update on ICD-10 and information about the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Note: The comment period on CMS' request for information regarding new value-oriented Medicare payment options under MACRA for physicians and other health professionals has been extended until November 17, 2015. Read more here.
Eligible Professionals (EPs) and groups that believe they have been incorrectly assessed the 2016 PQRS payment adjustment may submit an informal review until November 9, 2015 - 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The following link contains detailed information on how to apply:

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.

Tap into our artery of experts: Become a REC Member today!
Becoming a Regional Extension Center (REC) member is easier - and more cost-effective - than you might think. For just $250 a year, your practice site gets an hour of Meaningful Use consultation, an annual HIPAA compliance training (offered in the Fall) and exclusive access to an online tool for managing your health IT project, like Meaningful Use or PCMH!
Also, for a low consultation fee, we offer hands-on assistance from a dedicated REC Relationship Manager. Call us at 888.858.4185, Option 5, for more information and to sign up!

Rhode Island Medical Society Journal: October 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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