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Health Information Technology (HIT)

Improving care through improved utilization of HIT

Our goal is to support the transition of ‘eligible’ clinicians and hospitals to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).  The MIPS system is based on the following performance categories:  Quality, Resource Use, Improvement Activities and Advancing Care Information; which encompasses EHR-related content.

We are partnering with a select number of physician clinics and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the region to improve EHR adoption rates, full optimization of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) capabilities, workflows and assist with physician practice transformation. We are collaborating with stakeholders and Regional Extension Centers to showcase proven interventions that result in successfully meeting the requirements of the “Advancing Care Information” performance category.

Through our efforts, we aim to increase screening rates and delivery of preventive services for Medicare consumers, improve coordination of care among providers and increase consumer access to medical records that promote patient engagement.

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Initiative Documents
InfoCategoryNameSource
Meaningful Use – What Eligible Hospitals Need to Know for 2016ResourcesMeaningful Use – What Eligible Hospitals Need to Know for 2016CMS
Meaningful Use – 2016 Eligible Professional Public Health ReportingResourcesMeaningful Use – 2016 Eligible Professional Public Health ReportingCMS
Updated May 15th, 2015 - If you participate in any of the following incentive programs offered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services use this worksheet to calculate the various payment adjustments that affect your provider: Meaningfule Use (MU); Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS); Value-Base Payment Modifier (VBM). ToolMedicare Payment Adjustment CalculatorGPQIN
2016 Meaningful Use Eligible Professionals Table of ContentsResources2016 Meaningful Use Eligible Professionals Table of ContentsCMS
2015-2017 EHR Incentive Programs (Modified Stage 2) Attestation User Guide for Eligible ProfessionalsToolkit2015-2017 EHR Incentive Programs (Modified Stage 2) Attestation User Guide for Eligible ProfessionalsCMS
Meaningful Use – 2016 Eligible Hospital Public Health ReportingResourcesMeaningful Use – 2016 Eligible Hospital Public Health ReportingCMS
Meaningful Use Q&As and Related Resources - Change Q&A with Chat Links.Meaningful UseMeaningful Use Q&As and Related ResourcesQuality Innovation NCC
2015-2017 EHR Incentive Programs (Modified Stage 2) Attestation User Guide for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access HospitalsToolkit2015-2017 EHR Incentive Programs (Modified Stage 2) Attestation User Guide for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access HospitalsCMS
Meaningful Use – 2016 Security Risk AnalysisResourcesMeaningful Use – 2016 Security Risk AnalysisCMS
2016 Meaningful Use Eligible Hospital Table of ContentsResources2016 Meaningful Use Eligible Hospital Table of ContentsCMS
Medication Reconcilation Meaningful Use ToolkitToolkitMedication Reconcilation Meaningful Use ToolkitHealthIT
Meaningful Use – 2016 Patient Electronic AccessResourcesMeaningful Use – 2016 Patient Electronic AccessCMS
Meaningful Use – What Eligible Professionals Need to Know for 2016ResourcesMeaningful Use – What Eligible Professionals Need to Know for 2016CMS
December 17, 2015 presentation titled Meaningful Use Community Practice: Recap of the Nov 19 2015 MU CoPPresentationMeaningful Use Community of Practice RecapCMS
Initiative Links
CategoryWebsite
OtherHITECH Answers
Health IT SiteHealth IT
North DakotaNorth Dakota Rural Health Association
OtherREACH - Key Health Alliance Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT
North DakotaNorth Dakota HIT Medicaid Dept.
NebraskaNebraska Medical Association
Other2015 HIMSS Event Recordings from CMS eHealth
CMS Medicare Learning NetworkMLN+Connects YouTube Channel
North DakotaNorth Dakota Hospital Association
NebraskaNebraska Hospital Association
North DakotaNorth Dakota Center for Rural Health
FederalAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
National AssociationThe American Nurse Informatics Association
OtherStratis Health Toolkit for EHR Implentation/Utilization
North DakotaNorth Dakota Health Information Network
North DakotaNorth Dakota Medical Association
Quality Payment Program CMS Quality Payment Program
NebraskaNebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services - Medicaid
FederalCMS EHR Incentive Programs 
NebraskaNebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII)
National AssociationAmerican Health Information Management Association
FederaleCQI Resource Center
North DakotaNorth Dakota Meaningful Use for Public Reporting
FederalOffice of the National Coordinating Center (ONC)/HealthIT.gov
FederalNational Learning Consortium
FederalCMS Physician Quality Reporting System 
National AssociationsHealthcare Information and Management Systems Society
FederalHealth Resources and Services Administration 
NebraskaNebraska Rural Health Association
Health IT Security Assessment ToolHealth IT Security Risk Assessment Tool
Health IT PlaybookHealth IT Playbook
FederalOffice for Civil Rights/HIPAA
Quality and Security PortalStratis Health Privacy and Security Portal
Jun 20 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm WebEx
Webinar Playback Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered Care[...]
Jun 6 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm WebEx
Webinar Playback Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered Care[...]
May 23 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm WebEx
Webinar Playback Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered Care[...]
May 9 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm WebEx
Webinar Playback   Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered[...]
Apr 25 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Webinar Playback   Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered[...]
Apr 11 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Webinar Playback   Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered[...]
Mar 14 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Webinar Playback   Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered[...]
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout Overview Achieving optimal EHR utilization in the management of various populations of patients is necessary to ensure success in the changing delivery and payment environment. However, understanding what that looks[...]
Aug 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  Start WebEx Playback   Presentation Handout Presentation Transcript The purpose of this program is to instruct National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) users on the process for obtaining meaningful reports from their data. As a[...]
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation Handout Start WebEx Playback Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can improve population health outcomes by efficiently collecting data in a form that can be shared across multiple healthcare organizations and leveraged for quality improvement and[...]
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback   The ability to develop, test and implement change is essential for any individual, group or organization that wants to improve.  One way to implement change is to utilize the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)[...]
Dec 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Virtual Meeting
Meaningful Use Virtual Office Hour For Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout Questions and Answers This is a recording of the Meaningful Use Virtual Office Hours webinar held on December 15,[...]
Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  Meaningful Use Presentation Handout The NCC invited QIN-QIOs and participating providers to a discussion delving into the new rule on Meaningful Use of electronic health records recently released by the Centers for Medicare &[...]
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
EHR Incentive Programs Final Rule Presentation on CMS Website CMS has added the presentation and recording from the October 8th webinar titled, ”EHR Incentive Programs Final Rule Overview and What You Need to Know for 2015,”[...]
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback Purpose: To review the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. Learn how to read your Hospital Specific Reports and make sense of them for your facility. There will also be time for an open[...]
Meaningful Use Contacts
NameCredentialsTitleStateEmail
Kaitlin NolteBAQuality Improvement Project ManagerKansaskaitlin.nolte@area-A.hcqis.org
Jane StottsRN, BSNQuality Improvement AdvisorNebraskaJane.Stotts@area-a.hcqis.org
Patti Kritzberger (co-lead)RHIT, CHPSHealth Information Technology/Quality SpecialistNorth DakotaPatti.Kritzberger@area-a.hcqis.org
Tracey Regimbal RHITHealth Information Technology/Quality SpecialistNorth DakotaTracey.Regimbal@area-a.hcqis.org
Holly ArendsProgram ManagerSouth DakotaHolly.Ahrends@area-a.hcqis.org

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