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Connecting You to Better Care     
November 2014 Issue     
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Refer a Provider or Organization to HealtheConnections

Do you know a provider, practice, or other healthcare organization that is not currently a HealtheConnections participant but would benefit from using our services? We are looking to add to our current 369 participating organizations. Your referral can assist us in connecting healthcare organizations across the 11-county region to the health information exchange (HIE), increasing the number of patient records and results that can be shared with the entire healthcare community. HealtheConnections would like to connect with the following healthcare organizations:
  • Single-provider practices
  • Large or multi-provider practices
  • Laboratories
  • Radiology Centers
  • Mental, Behavioral and Public Health Organizations
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Transplant organizations
  • Urgent Care facilities
...and more!

If the provider or organization you refer becomes a HealtheConnections participant, you could win an office gift! Send all referrals to your Provider Engagement Team member, or contact HealtheConnections support at: 
(315) 671-2241 x5 or support@healtheconnections.org
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Your Stories: HealtheConnections makes it easy to view patient records, provides quick access to images 

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HIE users were asked to share the ways in which their organizations are utilizing HealtheConnections' services to improve the overall delivery of care to their patients. Thank you to all users who submitted stories and congratulations to our winners, whose stories have earned them a prize!

"Since I have started using the HealtheConnections site, my job has become a little easier. I'm able to log in [to the Health Information Exchange] to access records from the hospital if a patient was there for a visit, for blood work, etc. Being able to view the reports online and not having to rely on receiving records via fax is also a good thing."
Carla Thurston, East Hill Family Medical

"A patient called the office with possible pneumonia. They were asked to get a chest X-ray, then come right over to our office. When the patient arrived a little over an hour later, we had not yet received a call from the radiologist [regarding the X-rays]. I logged onto the HIE and, within minutes, I not only accessed the X-ray report, I was able to see the films and make my own assessment. It was amazing!"
- Jef Sneider, M.D., Family Care Medical Group


Welcome New Participants

  • North Area Pediatrics (DBA: Summerwood)
  • North Country Orthopaedic Group
  • Specialty Surgery Center of CNY
  • Syracuse Community Health Center
  • Madison County Mental Health Department
  • North Country Family Health NP, PLLC
  • The Caring Coalition of CNY (DBA: Hospice of CNY)
  • Arise
  • Lansing Chiropractic Office, PC
  • Black River Ambulance Squad, Inc.
  • NY Spine and Wellness
  • My Country Doctor (R. Paul Ferenchak, MD)
  • Onondaga County Adult Long Term Care Department
  • Cayuga Area Plan
    • Adam Law, MD, PC
    • Arleo Eye Associates
    • Asthma and Allergy Associates, PC
    • Beechtree Care Center
    • Buttermilk Falls Pediatrics
    • Carl Judson Kilgore, MD
    • Cayuga Anesthesia Associates, PLLC
    • Cayuga Center for Infectious Diseases
    • Cayuga Ear, Nose, Throat - Head & Neck Surgery, PLLC
    • Cayuga Emergency Physicians, LLP
    • Cayuga Family Medicine, PC
    • Cayuga Women's Health
    • David Monacelli, MD
    • DBA: Medical Pain Consultants
    • Dialysis Associates of Ithaca
    • Drs. Ferrer & Monaghan, Physicians, LLP
    • Dryden Family Medicine
    • Family Foot Care
    • Family Medicine Associates of Ithaca
    • Gastro Associates of Ithaca
    • Hammond Health Center
    • Ithaca Podiatry Associates
    • Ithaca Urology, PLLC
    • John Bezirganian, MD
    • Josephine C. McAllister, MD, LLC
    • Karen LaFace, MD, PLLC
    • Marne O'Shae, MD
    • Nancy Stewart, MD
    • Northeast Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
    • Pathology Associates of Ithaca, PC
    • Peter Clark, MD, PC
    • Peter Schwartz, MD, PLLC
    • Physiatry & Rehabilitation Medicine, PC
    • Radiology Associates of Ithaca, PC
    • Radomir Stevanovic, MD, PC
    • Timothy Cardina, MD
    • Trumansburg Medicine, PLLC DBA: Trumansburg Family Health Center


HeC is Hiring!

Positions posted:
  • Business Intelligence Administrator
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • HIE Integration Analyst
  • HIE Interface Analyst
  • Population Health Improvement Director
  • Population Health Improvement Analyst
  • Population Health Improvement Data Analyst
Visit our website for job descriptions:


Technical Talk: What's new, and what's next


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Roll out continues for HealtheConnections' Image-Enabled Results Delivery service, which imbeds a link to the image maintained by imaging vendor eHealth Technologies in reports delivered to current Medent customers. HealtheConnections is looking to expand the feature to other EMR vendors. If you are receiving radiology reports via results delivery at this time and are interested in receiving this link to images, please contact your Provider Engagement Team Member. Please see the Connected EMR Vendors section of this newsletter to confirm that your EMR vendor is working with HealtheConnections.

For practices without an EMR, or a vendor that does not support Results Delivery connectivity, HealtheConnections is developing a method for Results Delivery via Direct email. If the provider is named in a lab, radiology report, or transcribed report, HealtheConnections will attach that result to a secure Direct message and deliver to the Direct address for that provider or practice.

Immunization Reporting, a new service that will allow providers to query from Patient Lookup directly to the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS), is in the final stages of testing. The query returns a full immunization history on a selected patient if NYSIIS holds such information, and reports can be converted to a PDF and downloaded. 

Development of Statewide Patient Record Lookup (sPRL) is underway for the query of patient information across all 10 New York state RHIOs. 

CCD Exchange is in the process of expanding to providers using NextGen, NetSmart, and Meditech.


CMS to Reopen Submission Period for Hardship Exception Applications

Hardship Exception Applications to Avoid the 2015 Medicare Payment Adjustment Due November 30, 2014

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CMS is announcing its intent to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). The new deadline will be November 30, 2014. Previously, the hardship exception application deadline was April 1, 2014 for eligible hospitals and July 1, 2014 for eligible professionals. 

For more information about Medicare EHR Incentive Program payment adjustments, click here.


Important Dates & Reminders

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  • Refresher Training courses must be completed by all HIE users trained prior to August 2014. Deadline to complete training is December 31, 2014.
  • Participation Agreements and Business Associate Agreements must be signed by an authorized signature authority at each participating organization and returned to support@healtheconnections.org
  • The REC program deadline has been extended to January 31, 2015. Our Provider Engagement Specialists will reach out and assist those who are already in the program to meet the new deadlines.


HIE Statistics


369 Participating Organizations
  • Hospitals: 20
  • Practices: 261
  • Other Healthcare Entities: 80
  • Labs: 20
  • Radiology: 25
October Statistics
 
Patient Lookup
  • Users Accessing HIE: 851
  • Logins: 9,868
  • Documents Viewed: 23,048
Results Delivery
  • Providers: 580
  • Documents Delivered: 60,316
Connected EMRs
 
athenahealth
ChartMaker
eClinicalWorks
GE Centricity
GMed
Medent
MicroMD
Vitera


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Support: (315) 671-2241 x5
Fax: (315) 407-0053
Email: support@healtheconnections.org



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