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April 2019

Post date: 2019-04-26T13:15:15-05:00
  • Empower Health Care Solutions, a Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) expands connection with SHARE to include real-time ADTs (Admission, Discharge and Transfers)
  • Utilizing SHARE in addressing the overall health care needs of Medicaid beneficiaries who have complex behavioral health or intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) service needs
  • Use of the Virtual Health Record (VHR) and Secure Messaging (SM) to coordinate and integrate treatment delivery across all of the individual’s providers

Little Rock, Arkansas – April, 2019 The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange announce a ground-breaking partnership that will enable more efficient healthcare services for patients across rural Arkansas who have complex behavioral health or intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) service needs.

By enhancing the connection with Empower Health Care Solutions, a Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) to the statewide HIE network, which includes Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) data exchange, this integration of ADTs will have faster and more complete access to their patients’ most critical health information. The enhanced information access will improve patients’ care coordination, reduce treatment delays and assist with the elimination of unnecessary admission to the emergency room.

Additionally, SHARE provides Empower Health Care Solutions with 24-hour daily reports when the members are admitted and discharged from the emergency department or have an inpatient discharge. This collaboration is a continued effort to improve patient outcomes of Medicaid beneficiaries throughout Arkansas. The care coordinators are also using the VHR that displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. It retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all participants within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history. By also using SM the care coordinators are also able to communicate with providers and healthcare teams taking care of patients who have complex behavioral health or intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) needs.

Empower Health Care Solutions can view the following patient data through the SHARE VHR:

  • Admission, Discharge and Transfer reports
  • Allergies, Problems, Medications
  • Demographic and Insurance information
  • Laboratory results
  • Radiology reports, image links
  • Discharge Summaries
  • Continuity of Care Documents
  • Progress Notes

As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and Empower Health Care Solutions are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives and identifying potential social determinants of health.

About Empower Healthcare Solutions:  Empower is run by six organizations working together. Empower Healthcare Solutions, LLC (Empower) is a Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE). This new model of care was developed to address the overall health care needs of Medicaid beneficiaries who have complex behavioral health or intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) service needs. Goals of the PASSE program are to:

  • Coordinate and integrate treatment delivery across all of the individual’s providers
  • Improve total health outcomes for the target population
  • Increase local services capacity to help individuals with IDD access quality care and support services within their own communities
  • Ensure flexibility in the individuals’ service array to address all of their health care needs
  • Slow or decrease spending growth and costly acute care stays by promoting efficient and effective services

Arkansas Community Health Network (ACHN). ACHN is composed of four health care systems: Baxter Regional Health SystemNorth Arkansas Medical SystemUnity Health, and White River Health System.

Beacon Health Options (Beacon). Beacon is the nation’s largest organization exclusively dedicated to assessing and addressing the clinical and social needs of individuals experiencing mental illness, addiction and developmental disabilities. In Arkansas, since 2010, Beacon has had contracts with the Department of Human Services to assist in administering the behavioral health care delivery system.

Independent Case Management (ICM). ICM is a statewide premier provider of home and community-based supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Statera. Statera is an entity comprised of leaders and innovators committed to serving the long-term support services needs of Arkansans, including those with behavioral health and developmental disability diagnoses. Together, the representatives of Statera have vast health care experience, spanning home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent care facilities, institutional pharmacies, retail pharmacies, medical clinics, rural health clinics, non-emergency transportation services; and full-service rehabilitation therapy businesses throughout Arkansas. 

The Arkansas Healthcare Alliance, LLC. The Alliance is comprised of approximately 22 well-established inpatient and outpatient providers, who strive to provide quality behavioral health, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disability services. Together, the Alliance offers individualized treatment to tens of thousands of Arkansas infants, children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Woodruff Health Group, LLC (ARcare/pharmacist). ARcare operates as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). In addition, ARcare is the statewide provider of medical and case management services for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. Over the last 30 years, ARcare has created a health care home through a network of 36 primary care clinics, three pharmacies, and four wellness centers to serve underserved communities and provide access to quality health care.

To learn more visit: https://www.getempowerhealth.com