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November 2015
In this issue of REConnection...

Welcome to the November issue of REConnectionWe have lots of great information to share with you. 
Here are some of the highlights:

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The RI REC Team

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 485,000 already enrolled, we only need 15,000 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 15,000 people might seem like a low number in comparison, in reality, that's most of Bristol. Or the entire population of Central Falls. Or nearly a whole Smithfield. Or a Narragansett and a Foster combined. Or three-and-a-half 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 and Holiday Season. So in addition to knowing that you've helped thousands of people already and want to help 15,000 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!

a2ATTN: Medicaid Providers --
Meaningful Use got you down? Would a free gift card to Providence Place Mall perk you up?
Join us for a peer-to-peer education session then hit the mall and get your holiday shopping spree started!
Come see us December 9 and we'll enter you into a raffle to win one of four $25 gift cards to the Providence Place Mall! What better way to kick off your holiday shopping?
RIQI's Regional Extension Center experts, Sue Dettling and Suzette Santos, will provide an overview at this in-person event about Meaningful Use changes for 2016 and what it means for your practice. You'll have an opportunity to discuss how to incorporate these measures into your workflow and how to calculate patient volume. You may also ask questions about registration for the RI EHR Incentive Program.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
50 Holden St., Suite 300, Providence, RI 02908
5:30 - 5:45 pm - Enjoy networking and light snacks
5:45 - 7 pm - Program
Space is limited! Please register on or before 12/7.


a4Providers not required to revise physician orders written before Oct 1: New CMS FAQ

In response to questions from the provider community, CMS posted a new FAQ about physician orders written before the October 1 ICD-10 compliance date. FAQ 12625 explains that CMS is not requiring the ordering provider to translate ICD-9 diagnosis codes to ICD-10 on orders written before October 1 for lab, radiology, or any other services. 
For more guidance on claims processing and billing, please visit the CMS ICD-10 FAQ webpage

...TJ Lindquist!
For the past three months straight, the crew on the Thundermist Express have consistently blown away the competition for On the Spot Awards for CurrentCare Viewer Use . Like a runaway locomotive, the Thundermist Health Center AMA Team has rocked the rails of the CurrentCare community by consistently viewing more patient records than all other CurrentCare Viewer users. TJ Lindquist won this month for Rolling Thunder by finding lots of A1C values for a payer quality reporting measure. Congratulations to TJ!

Can you beat the Rolling Thunder[mist]? 
Are you ready to put Thundermist to the test? Can you and your crew stop the runaway train? Want to be the locomotive instead of the caboose? Well throw some more coal in the tender and have at it! And we're here to help. If you have any questions, give us a call at 888.858.4815, Option 3.
All aboard!!!


Patient Access Services at Women & Infants 

Lead by Diane Silva (not pictured), the Patient Access Services Department at Women & Infants Hospital (part of the Care New England network) believes in the value of CurrentCare and promotes its benefits to their patients. This team won the On the Spot Award in recognition for their amazing efforts enrolling patients into CurrentCare.

Pictured, from left, are Michelle LavergneBarbara Manni, the REC's Brian Miller, Joanne MacDonaldDeborah Grande and Cathy Jamroz. 

The New England QIN-QIO

CMS extends deadline for PQRS Review

From CMS: "Individual eligible professionals (EPs), Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI) practice sites, PQRS group practices, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that believe they have been incorrectly assessed the 2016 PQRS negative payment adjustment now have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 16, 2015 to submit an informal review requesting CMS investigate incentive eligibility and/or payment adjustment determination. This is an extension from the previous deadline of December 11, 2015."

Click here for more information.  

Rhode Island Medical Society Journal: November 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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