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Post date: 2019-07-12T09:00:00-05:00

SHARE is working to facilitate Jacksonville Medical Care automated submissions to Arkansas WebIZ.

Little Rock, Arkansas ---July 2019. Beginning in fall of 2018, SHARE and Jacksonville Medical Care have worked together to bring a new feature to their clinic. They will soon be able to automatically submit immunization records to the Arkansas Immunization Information System (WEBIZ) through SHARE, the only statewide health information exchange (HIE).

SHARE has been connected to WEBIZ for the last few years, bringing immunization information to providers treating patients in 75 counties of Arkansas that make up our service area. WEBIZ was built to house complete, accurate, secure, real-time immunization records for the state, providers can access these records when treating their patients to have a comprehensive understanding of their health needs through SHARE. It was the natural connection to assist Jacksonville Medical Care, who is already contributing data to the HIE, to connect to WEBIZ through SHARE.

 By implementing this direct connection, SHARE and Jacksonville Medical Care are eliminating the need for manual and duplicate entry, saving their providers and nurses time by automating a previously tedious task. Jacksonville Medical Care is central Arkansas’s largest family practice group, and through this advancement, their providers, their staff and their patients will reap the benefits.

Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other healthcare providers in the patients’ chain of healthcare providers the results they need. With the connection to their eMDs electronic medical record (EMR), Jacksonville Medical Care is contributing diagnosis, medications, procedures, vitals, demographics and immunizations of their patients to the HIE for their referral partners to access.

SHARE is also routing the Jacksonville Medical Care provider’s the results of their patients’ such as lab results, diagnosis, discharge summaries, medications from other facilities that are on a different EMR system into the patient’s chart in their eMDs system. This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment, and eliminates redundant testing if a patient has been referred to another healthcare provider. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time.

Not all technology improves patient care–that’s why SHARE focuses on providing only the data Jacksonville Medical Care needs and the right tools to integrate with their workflow and systems, meaning they save time and can focus on what matters most…the patient!

About Jacksonville Medical Care

Mission: To provide high quality, comprehensive, and compassionate family-centered medical care, in an atmosphere of integrity and mutual respect between physicians, patients, and staff.

They are a team of physicians with over 300 years combined experience in Central Arkansas’s largest family practice group. Families in their community have trusted them with their healthcare needs for generations. They are home to an amazing staff dedicated to superior patient care and the health of our community. They take pride in providing occupational medicine services to businesses in their area because they believe a healthy workforce enriches our community.

Services Include: General Medicine

  • Routine Physical (including pap smear)
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • Cancer screening
  • Heart Disease
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Stress treadmill
  • Pulmonary Function Tests
  • EKG
  • Work physicals
  • GERD (acid reflux)
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infection
  • STD screening

Urgent Care

  • Sprains and strains
  • Lacerations needing stitches
  • Simple fractures
  • Ear, eye, and throat infections
  • Colds and Flu
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Skin infection
  • Sunburn

Psychiatry

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Smoking Cessation

Learn more about Jacksonville Medical Care here: https://www.jacksonvillemedicalcare.com

Post date: 2019-07-11T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – July, 2019  SHARE, the Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE), recently connected to Forrest City Family Practice Clinic, Dr. George Conner MD Clinic in Forrest City, Arkansas.

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

This type of continued collaboration is what SHARE is working on by connecting innovative family medicine practices, such as Forrest City Family Practice Clinic to the statewide HIE,” said HIT Policy Integrator Justin Villines.  “The healthcare ecosystem continues to need these types of interactions that can lead to some really innovative partnerships that help increase how we can better deliver health care to Arkansas patients,” said Villines.

Through this interface connection with Athena electronic medical record (EMR) system, Forrest City Family Practice Clinic is now able to utilize the HIE infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications, immunizations, progress notes to its network of healthcare providers.  Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers in the patients’ chain of healthcare providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make better clinical decisions. Connections like this continues to aid in better diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment and eliminates redundant testing when a patient is referred to another healthcare provider.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports delivered through SHARE’s DirectTrust Secure Messaging, notifying Dr. George Conner MD and other care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting their 72-hour follow-up metric. The clinics’ care team at Forrest City Family Practice Clinic is also accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record, that aggregates patients record outside of their system of Athena EMR system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

About Dr. George Conner, MD --Forrest City Family Practice Clinic:

Dr. George L Conner III, MD, is a Family Practice specialist in Forrest City, Arkansas. He attended and graduated from University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1984, having over 35 years of diverse experience, especially in Family Practice. Dr. George Conner is affiliated with Forrest City Medical Center in Forrest City, Arkansas. George L Conner III, MD treats physical symptoms, prescribe medications, diagnose conditions and much more.

Post date: 2019-07-10T09:00:00-05:00

 

July 2019 --Little Rock, Arkansas The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announce that Baker Healthcare is now using SHARE, one of the country’s largest and most robust health information exchanges (HIEs). Baker HealthCare care teams now have access to clinical information across participating entities for patients who have authorized sharing their medical information. This allows them to have accurate supplies, equipment and products for their patients that range from children to adults.

In Arkansas, where many large and small health systems use different electronic health record (HER) systems, this is a particularly important milestone because the single interface to SHARE enables Baker HealthCare to access the exchange to better coordinate with providers and patients throughout Northeast Arkansas.

Accessing patient information through this secure exchange allows Baker HealthCare significant access to better coordination with hospitals, family doctors and pediatricians across the state to see a more complete picture of their patients’ medical histories, efficient and safe continuity of care.  By accessing the Virtual Health Record (VHR), it displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. The VHR 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.

Baker HealthCare can now view the following patient data through SHARE’s 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

Using the VHR option, Baker HealthCare has an up-to-the-minute view of a patient’s health history at the point of care. This puts the power of information and collaboration in the hands of the healthcare team—enabling more accurate, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

About Baker HealthCare

Baker Healthcare is an enrolled supplier in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is located at 824 Cobb St, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401. Baker Healthcare supplies equipment’s and products such as Infusion Pumps: Implantable & Uninterrupted, Hospital Beds: Manual & Pediatric, Hospital Beds: Total Electric & Pediatric, Blood Glucose Monitors & Supplies: Mail Order, Dynamic Splints, Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) Devices, Enteral Nutrients, Equipment and Supplies, Blood Glucose Monitors & Supplies: Non-Mail Order, etc.

Post date: 2019-07-09T08:00:00-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – July, 2019          Autumn Road Family Practice is a large independent practice in Little Rock, Arkansas that is connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE).  Through this integration with their Allscripts EHR system, Autumn Road queries SHARE for any patient data outside of their local EHR environment. The sophisticated querying of the health information exchange (HIE) brings in patient health data from outside their clinic in a single continuity of care document (CCD) to help manage their patients.

This patient data includes admission, discharge and transfer data, lab results, radiology reports, immunizations, progress notes, pathology reports, discharge summaries, medications, emergency room visits and vitals.  From this one customized, easy-to-use interface, Autumn Road Family Practice can manage their patients’ clinical care better. SHARE is the only statewide HIE in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

Being an independent practice doesn’t mean things are simpler. They deal with the same complexities and changes facing the industry, often with fewer resources to help adapt. By the connection to SHARE and our fully integrated clinical solution, makes it easy for Autumn Road Family Practice to reach a new level in care delivery.

To better track and securely share patients’ complete medical histories, more and more health care providers are participating in HIE. HIE’s helps facilitate coordinated patient care, reduce duplicative treatments and avoid costly mistakes. This practice is growing among health providers because the need for HIE is clear and the HIE benefits are significant. A few examples of HIE benefits include:

  • Improve patient safety by reducing medication and medical errors
  • Increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary paperwork and handling
  • Eliminate redundant or unnecessary testing
  • Improve healthcare quality and outcomes
  • Reduce health related costs

One of SHARE’s primary goals is to provide the right data, to the right provider at the right time to reform the health care delivery system. In other words, care coordination. We complement the services of hospitals and providers by providing a patient-centric solution that allows providers to view the medical records of patients across the continuum of care. With a patient’s consent, doctors at hospitals, emergency departments, nursing homes or provider offices can look up medical records from any participating organization. SHARE can immediately alert doctors when their patient is in the emergency room or admitted to the hospital.

SHARE does this by securely collecting clinical data from providers’ EHRs, aggregating the data, indexing it and cataloging it by type. That data includes patient events, such as emergency department or hospital admissions, doctor’s notes, laboratory results, radiology reports, medications, medical images and care summaries. It then makes this data available to treating providers. The treating provider either uses the HIE portal called SHARE Virtual Health Record Chart or the practice’s EHR, which can query the HIE directly. In this way, an HIE provides a secure statewide network of a patient’s clinical data, saving time and money while providing the best care possible.

About Autumn Road Family Practice:

Autumn Road Family Practice has been in business for over 50 years with more than 130 years of combined primary care physician expertise. They are a private, independently-owned practice of Family Practice residency-trained physicians with established working relationships with area hospitals and physicians.

They offer a seasoned team committed to caring for patients and their families. Their unique qualities include taking time to listen to our patients’ concerns, offering extended hours, twenty-four-hour accessibility to one of their physicians at all times, flexible scheduling so that their patients can be seen the same day if needed and patient access to their medical record on-line. Lab, x-ray, and bone density are conveniently located on-site.

Their experienced and professional staff are committed to providing comprehensive and quality health care. With expanded hours (Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.); and, a convenient location in West Little Rock near the I-430 / I-630 interchange, they provide their patients with easy access to care.

Dr. Philip Pounders, Dr. Linda Rollins, Dr. Joel Tumlison, Dr. Daniel Hardin, Dr. Erin Hekmatpour and Dr. Dan Watson are general practitioners in the medical discipline of Family Practice along with thier Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Atalie Sessions, APRN. Their providers’ training and experience qualify them to practice in several fields of medicine focused on prevention as well as treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, including minor office surgery.

Find out more about Autumn Road Family Practice here: https://www.autumnroadfamilypractice.com

Post date: 2019-07-08T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, AR July 2019.    Health care providers in Van Buren County and surrounding north central communities continue to securely access patient health records from Ozark Health Medical Center located in Clinton, Arkansas through SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE). The data sharing builds a more complete medical record for communities and individuals. With the connection to the HIE, it results in fewer repeated tests, better diagnosis and monitoring of chronic conditions and a more comprehensive patient health record.

The continued collaboration with partners such as Ozark Health Medical Center reflects that coordinated care is expanding across a much wider spectrum of facilities.  Ozark Health Medical Center, that serves north central Arkansas and surrounding communities is committed to delivering efficient and effective healthcare. SHARE supports the physician-patient relationship while providing critical, timely clinical data that promotes quality health care, identification of health disparities, health care transparency and health care access to support patient care and physician-patient relationships.

Ozark Health Medical Center is home to Ozark Health Specialty Clinic, a nursing and therapy center that serves the growing needs of their community. Sharing timely clinical patient information, such as admission, discharge and transfer information, lab results, radiology results, progress notes, medications, immunizations and discharge summaries among physicians outside of the hospital with disparate EHRs relies upon a connection to an HIE. Through the connection with Ozark Health Medical Center, HIE participants can access patient data where the patient received care. Sharing of this timely information will improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies and improve patient safety.

SHARE’s mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the state’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

SHARE’s approach uniquely positions it to help physicians, other healthcare providers, integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and others seeking to improve patient outcomes. Patients benefit from fewer repeated tests, missing records and errors, while receiving more informed care during office visits and emergencies.

About Ozark Health Medical Center:

Ozark Health is a fully operational, professionally staffed hospital and nursing home located in Clinton, Arkansas. The 100,000 sq. ft., complex offers:

  • A 25 bed critical access hospital
  • A 132 bed long-term care nursing home
  • 2 state-of-the-art surgical theaters
  • A 7 bed, ultra-modern 24/7 emergency room with full triage
  • The very latest in state-of-the-art medical technology and equipment including MRI, digital radiology, CT scan, ultrasound and mammography. Ozark Health is committed to providing the very best health care possible to the residents of North Central Arkansas Ozark Health is a non-profit organization consisting of a hospital, and a nursing center attached to the hospital.

Ozark Health is a locally owned and operated health system providing hospital, long-term care & home health services. To provide the best healthcare their team of healthcare professionals are guided by the Ozark Health mission and values.

Mission – Always provide outstanding healthcare

Values – Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Service, Professionalism, Education, Compassion and Teamwork

Learn more about OHMC: https://www.ozarkhealth.net

Post date: 2019-06-21T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019          

Community Physicians Group (CPG), a large group of nine practices, throughout Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma, have connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). SHARE is the only statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

Community Physicians Group is committed to delivering high-quality care in a professional and caring environment to improve the health and well-being of their patients. By connecting with SHARE, Community Physicians Group expects to further this commitment by exchanging information more efficiently with referring physicians and providing their doctors, nurses and healthcare teams with the patient information they need at the point of care.

CPGs’ nine practice locations are now live with SHARE, which features a robust patient search functionality that lets providers quickly, query and response mechanism, access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more. This includes records such as continuity of care documents (CCDs), medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, medications and allergies.

Through this integration with their eClinicalWorks (eCW) EMR system, CPG queries SHARE for any patient data outside of their local EMR environment using xds.b protocol. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports on all of their patients, regardless of insurance provider, when they are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real-time.

Community Physicians Group (CPG) locations include the following:

“We are pleased to welcome Community Physicians Group, one of the Arkansas and Oklahoma’s leading practices, to SHARE,” said Anne Santifer, executive director of SHARE. “This connection helps facilitate the seamless and secure exchange of patient health information with Arkansas and Oklahoma’s health systems, hospitals and physicians. This delivers substantial benefits for patients, referring physicians and the CPG practices,” said Santifer.

About Community Physicians Group:

They are dedicated to providing their patients the most advanced, comprehensive medical care available. They believe their precise combination of highly skilled staff, leading-edge technology and time-proven treatment methods will give patients the confidence that they are receiving the highest standard of care possible. Their practices continuously strive to stay on the cutting-edge of the latest advancements in family medicine. They offer a wide range of services for patients of all ages

Mission Statement

Community Physicians Group comprises a progressive medical team dedicated to providing compassionate, efficient, quality, primary healthcare to the patients and communities we serve.

CPG Values

Integrity

In all interactions CPG will practice the highest ethical standards while treating all with respect and dignity.

Patient Centered

Provide access to compassionate care promoting physical, emotional and spiritual health of patients.

Quality

 Focus on value and excellence in healthcare through continuing education, performance improvements and applications of technology.  

Accountability

Practice responsibility to each other and communities through sound business and wise resource management.  

Quality of Life

Create a rewarding work environment for CPG employees and physicians, which support the family. 

Community

Participate as an involved citizen of the community serving the common good with health promotion and advocacy. 

Adaptability

Anticipate, explore, and utilize innovations in the delivery of healthcare.

Community Physicians Group Services

Post date: 2019-06-20T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019 SHARE, the state’s only statewide health information exchange, recently connected to Bray Family Medicine in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.Through this interface connection with their Athena EMR, Bray Family Medicine is now able to utilize the technologically infrastructure to securely transfer patient lab test results, diagnosis, allergies, conditions, medications to its network of healthcare providers.  Electronic access to a patient’s results gives physicians and other healthcare providers in the patients’ chain of healthcare providers the results of lab tests, patient records such as diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies faster to make sound clinical decisions. This aids in making proper diagnoses, reduces delays in treatment, and eliminates redundant testing if a patient is referred to another healthcare provider.

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. By doing this the HIE is designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting the 72-hour follow-up metric. The care coordinators at Bray Family Medicine are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record as well, that aggregates patients record outside of their system of Athena EMR system enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

This is exactly the kind of collaboration SHARE had hoped would be happening by connecting innovative family medicine practices, such as Bray Family Medicine to the statewide HIE,” said HIT Policy Integrator Justin Villines.  “The healthcare ecosystem is built to foster these types of interactions that might not happen elsewhere. It can lead to some really progressive partnerships that help increase our understanding of how we can better deliver health care,” said Villines.

About Bray Family Medicine:

MISSION: Their mission is to improve and deliver health care and overall well-being to the people of the community with superior patient service in a peaceful, warm environment that shares the love of Christ. They are committed to promoting health, well-being and disease prevention to all patients.  They do not discriminate in the provision of excellence care and treat all patients with dignity and respect.

BRAY FAMILY MEDICINE SERVICES

The providers at Bray Family Medicine are committed to providing comprehensive medical care for your entire family.  They take care of patients of all ages, from infants to seniors.

 

Management of acute illness

Management of chronic illness (diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, lung disease, etc.)

  Adult wellness exams

Medicare wellness visits

Pediatric checkups

Immunizations

  Weight loss solutions

  DOT physicals

  Full-time, on-site counseling services for individuals, families and groups

Comprehensive laboratory testing

  X-rays in office

Dermatological procedures: Removal of skin cancers, moles, skin tags, cysts, boils/abscesses, and other bothersome skin lesions.  Warts are destroyed using freezing treatments.  Stitches, staples or glue is used to repair lacerations/cuts.  They also assist with the management of post-surgical wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, wounds related to chronic swelling and many other skin issues.

For more information visit: https://www.brayfamilymed.com

Post date: 2019-06-17T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019   SHARE is connected to Highlands Oncology Group (HOG) in Northwest Arkansas.  With 4 locations, their doctors have been providing excellence in cancer care in Northwest Arkansas for decades. Their comprehensive program enables patients to see multiple specialists and support services all under one roof at their convenient locations in Rogers and Fayetteville, Arkansas. They serve the entire Northwest Arkansas, South West Missouri, South East Oklahoma regions.

They are setting the bar for cancer treatment in their region and see patients from Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Bella Vista, and all surrounding communities. Highlands Oncology Group provides chemotherapy, radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, counseling, C.A.R.E. clinic (cancer assessment and risk education), infusion center, physical therapy, cancer treatment and surgeries.

Population-based cancer surveillance is critical in North America for cancer control activities aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States. The Arkansas Central Cancer Registry (ACCR) is a population-based registry designed to collect timely and complete data on all cancer cases diagnosed in the state. Highlands Oncology Group locations are implementing their cancer data to go through the SHARE cancer registry interface to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Cancer Registry. By having this connection, SHARE is assisting the clinics in meeting the Promoting Interoperability Program (formally Meaningful Use) requirements as well as Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

The Highlands Oncology Group clinics locations are live with sharing data through an interface with their Flatiron EMR system. This allows their referral providers to quickly access patient health data such as; conditions, diagnosis, medical history, social determinants of health (SDOH), medications, vitals and allergies in a secure and efficient manner.

The care coordinators at clinic locations are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record that aggregates patients record outside of their system of local EMR system and enables a more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death behind heart disease in Arkansas. The most frequently diagnosed cancers in the state include lung, colorectal, breast cancer among women, and prostate cancer among men. It is important for SHARE to connect to the Arkansas Central Cancer Registry so that the Arkansas Department of Health can collect cancer information. This information can be used for surveillance to conduct cancer investigations, to assist initiatives for early detection and prevention, and to supply data for research and policy endeavors.

Highlands Oncology Group’s four clinical sites employ 400 staff members who collectively see nearly 6,000 patients each year. Among the staff are 11 medical oncologists, three radiation oncologists, two supportive care physicians, two surgeons, four social workers, two physical therapists, two massage therapists, 52 registered nurses, and one genetic counselor—all directly employed by Highlands. Four oncology pharmacists work in two specialty pharmacies, and a third pharmacy is opening in 2020.

The two largest sites—a 50,000-foot facility in Rogers, Arkansas, and a 20,000-foot facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas—offer multidisciplinary services for all major cancer types. Highlands also has a separate facility for surgical oncology—gynecological and colorectal—in addition to a building for the lung cancer screening program and the Center for Chest Care. Highlands Oncology Group- Springdale is planned on being opened in 2020.

About Highlands Oncology Group:

Their doctors have been providing excellence in cancer care in Northwest Arkansas for decades. Their comprehensive program enables patients to see multiple specialists and support services all under one roof at their convenient locations in Rogers, Arkansas or Fayetteville, Arkansas. They serve the entire Northwest Arkansas, SW Missouri, SE Oklahoma regions. They are proud to set the bar for cancer treatment in their region and see patients from Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Bella Vista, and all surrounding communities.

Certifications

American College of Radiology: ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. Since 1987, the ACR has accredited more than 38,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities. ACR accreditation helps assure patients that this facility provides the highest level of image quality and safety.

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). In total, CLIA covers approximately 251,000 laboratory entities. The Division of Laboratory Services, within the Survey and Certification Group, under the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) has the responsibility for implementing the CLIA Program. The objective of the CLIA program is to ensure quality laboratory testing. Although all clinical laboratories must be properly certified to receive Medicare or Medicaid payments, CLIA has no direct Medicare or Medicaid program responsibilities.

Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence: The National Framework for Lung Cancer Screening Excellence and Continuum of Care is a program administered by the Lung Cancer Alliance. For more information about the Lung Cancer Alliance, visit their website at lungcanceralliance.org.

Klose Training Lypmhedema Certification: A lymphedema certification course that trains therapists to safely and effectively treat patients with lymphatic disorders. Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is the standard of care for the treatment of primary and secondary lymphedema.

Oncology Certified Nurses Certification: OCN certification is a validation of a nurse’s knowledge in adult oncology. Highlands Oncology Group has several nurses with this certification.

Da Vinci Surgical System: Dr. Joseph J. Ivy, board certified OB/GYN, is a nationally recognized expert in minimally invasive gynecologic cancer surgery using the Da Vinci surgical system. He is a certified surgeon lead trainer for robotic surgery and has the state’s largest clinical experience with robotic gynecologic oncology procedures.

For more information visit: https://highlandsoncologygroup.com

Post date: 2019-06-14T08:00:00-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is connected to NEA Baptist, a group of primary care, urgent care and multi-specialty care clinics. NEA Baptist Clinic is located in the Jonesboro, Arkansas area. NEA Baptist Clinic is part of the continued connection of independent and hospital based practices to connect to the SHARE network.

SHARE aggregates health data from many major health systems across the state of Arkansas. HIEs like SHARE are designed to reduce instances of redundant care by ensuring providers have a complete, holistic view of patient care when making clinical decisions.

The NEA Baptist Clinic locations are live with sharing data through an interface with their EPIC EHR system. This allows their referral providers to quickly access patient health data such as; diagnosis, medical history, discharge summaries, social determinants of health (SDOH), lab results, medications, immunizations, vitals and allergies in a secure, efficient manner.

SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges in real time to assist in meeting the 72-hour follow-up metric. The care coordinators at NEA Baptist Clinic locations are accessing SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record that aggregates patients record outside of their system of EPIC enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient.

NEA Baptist Clinic locations are also sending their immunizations through SHARE to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Immunization Registry. Through this interface the clinics are then able to query through SHARE for any immunizations that were given to their patients outside their respective clinic and bring the patients immunizations record back into their EPIC EHR system. By having this connection, SHARE is assisting the clinics in meeting the Promoting Interoperability Program (formally Meaningful Use) requirements as well as Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

SHARE is connected to the following NEA Baptist Clinic primary care, multi-specialty care and urgent care clinics throughout the Jonesboro area and Northeast Arkansas.

The health IT solutions will enable providers to exchange sensitive and critical patient health information through the HIE for improved clinical efficiency and care quality. The EHR-integrated solution is part of the HIE’s efforts to ensure providers have access to relevant health information wherever they need it at the point of care.

About NEA Baptist Clinic:

In 1977, NEA Clinic was formed as a single practice with a moderate number of physicians and subspecialties. Their founders include Dr. Ray Hall, Dr. Michael Mackey, Dr. Robert Taylor, Dr. Michael Hightower, Dr. Stephen Woodruff, Dr. Anthony White, Dr. William Hubbard, Dr. Ronald Blachly, Dr. Michael Isaacson, Dr. Allen Nixon, and the late Dr. Hank Jordan. Since forming in 1977, NEA Baptist Clinic has become a multi-specialty, award-winning clinic and partner with NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. They have become a leader in clinical research and key provider of medical specialty services with hundreds of thousands of clinic visits each year.

Their 2010 merger with Baptist Memorial Health Care out of Memphis, TN was a strategic step toward providing for the long-term well-being of their community. Their progress includes the construction and completion of their new medical campus that opened January 2014. The campus is comprised of the 181-bed NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, adjoining medical office building housing the specialty offices of NEA Baptist Clinic, and the first of its kind, free standing Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care.

Their Mission: NEA Baptist Clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive, personalized, quality healthcare for our patients throughout the Northeast Arkansas region.

For more information visit: https://neabaptistclinic.com

Post date: 2019-06-11T08:00:45-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas – June, 2019 The Arkansas health information exchange (HIE), State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is now connected to HASA Health Information Organization. Through this connection SHARE and HASA are now exchanging admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) notifications for patients who live in Arkansas and Texas. Moving in a phased approach, in the future, of sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) based on the patient’s home of record.

This announcement comes after the two HIEs successfully exchanged ADTs via the Patient Centered Data Home Initiative (PCDH), as both HIEs are members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC).  This is an important achievement to the benefit of patients in both states. “It is a great milestone for both SHARE and HASA and we’re happy to implement a solution that allows health care providers and hospitals to connect across state borders and in the future be able to query for a patients’ results in the format of a CCD in a HIPAA compliant secure environment,” says Robert Harris, IT Director of HASA.

The following facilities are now connected sending ADTs to SHARE through HASA based on the patient’s zip code in Arkansas:

 

This connection with HASA will assist in improved transitions of care for patients who cross the state line. Our collaboration as neighboring states will help providers and hospitals better communicate with one another and to better coordinate patient care while assisting in reducing hospital readmissions regardless of state borders.

Natural disasters, like flooding and tornados in Arkansas and Texas, present challenges to health systems and providers not only in areas directly impacted, but also to those in neighboring regions who treat patients displaced by the disaster. One of the greatest issues is access to patient records. HIEs are playing a key role in transmitting patient data when and where providers need it most. In the near future, through this connection, both HIEs will be able to seamlessly deliver patient health information like CCDs to include demographics, laboratory results, radiology reports, progress reports and discharge summaries across each state’s border based on the patient’s home of record through the PCDH initiative.

“As the health care landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a pivotal part in providing data that fuels innovation nationwide. SHARE and HASA are working together to contribute to these efforts such as improving population health, assisting in values based programs, natural disasters and assisting with payer relations, among other efforts,” says Anne Santifer, Executive Director, SHARE.

About State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE):

Mission is to advance secure connectivity and serve as a sustainable, interoperable data exchange platform for health-related operations.

Vision is to provide a mechanism through which individuals, health care providers, and health organizations can electronically share health-related information to facilitate and strengthen the delivery of healthcare throughout Arkansas. This is designed to lead to improved patient care, informed individual health decisions, better public health outcomes, and cost-effective use of healthcare resources. SHARE is expected to achieve broad acceptance, credibility, and access by employing advanced technologies that ensure efficiency, privacy, and security and continuously evolve to serve Arkansans more effectively.

For more information, visit:  SHAREarkansas.com

About HASA:

Mission: HASA offers value-based, patient-centered information services intended to improve the health status of individuals and the communities it serves. As a 501(c)3 community collaborative, HASA fosters trust, cooperation and communication among its stakeholders.

Vision: Through its stakeholders, HASA offers resources, expertise and counsel to achieve the highest level of health information exchange in the State and Country.

Value: HASA stakeholders and members agree to enhance community health status through a collaborative health information exchange, ensuring that patient privacy and data security is paramount. Members agree to exchange appropriate patient information to enhance care transparency. HASA stakeholders and members commit to support and abide by established standards and conditions of data integrity and data exchange. HASA Stakeholders support the sustainability of the organization through the promotion of fee-for-service programs and alternate funding opportunities.

For more information, visit:  https://www.hasatx.org

Post date: 2019-06-06T10:13:41-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas –  June, 2019.  Right now, an estimated 6.7 million Americans are suffering with chronic, non-healing wounds.  With this problem at hand, the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds by observing Wound Care Awareness Week June 3-7.  SHARE is connected to many primary care and specialty care physicians and clinics that are educating patients and the public about the chronic wound epidemic and advanced wound care solutions.

The Problem: Millions of people throughout the U.S. suffer every day from an epidemic that is expected to grow over the next decade:  Chronic wounds. This problem drastically affects people by diminishing their overall quality of life and potentially decreasing life expectancy if left untreated. Not only are wounds painful, dangerous and scary, but it is also estimated that wounds cost the healthcare industry over $50 billion a year according to Healogics.

Non-healing wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the amount is expected to rise at a rate of two percent annually over the next decade. An aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and vascular disease, contribute to the chronic wound epidemic. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb according to Healogics. Approximately 30 percent of untreated chronic wounds result in amputation. Five years’ post-amputation the mortality rate is 50 percent.

The collaborative specialty care clinic partners below are working to create a better state of health for Arkansas. With better data exchange such as admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, pathology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions are assisting care teams across Arkansas in better care coordination and transitions of care.

Continued collaboration with the Statewide Health Information Exchange reflects that coordinated care is extending across a much wider spectrum of facilities than ever before.  SHARE’s mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the State’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

Post date: 2019-06-03T08:43:31-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas June 2019 – The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) announces a continued partnership with the Mississippi County Hospital System in a groundbreaking move that will allow the secure sharing of patient medical records with other SHARE connected physicians and providers throughout the State of Arkansas. This expansion will include South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center, Great River Medical Center, their family medicine, internal medicine and specialty care clinics that provide urology, gynecology, obstetrics, pain and wound care services. Health care providers in Mississippi County (Blytheville & Osceola) and neighboring counties can securely access medical records through SHARE. Patient records will be available around the clock and in real-time, enhancing patient care in the Delta Region.

Patients of Mississippi County Hospital System will benefit from a higher quality of care as a result of this new connection. Now caregivers, family doctors, emergency room physicians, specialists, pharmacies and long-term care facilities can have secure, HIPAA-compliant access to patient records in real time as a SHARE participant.

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center and Great River Medical Center hospitals see ~43,000 patients that live in Mississippi County in Northeast Arkansas.  SHARE is integrated with both hospitals’ electronic health record (EHR) system, MEDHOST. They are now sending admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, pathology reports, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.  SHARE is also assisting the hospitals in their public health reporting to the Arkansas Department of Health Registries.

Also, SHARE is assisting in real-time 30 day readmissions. The 30-day readmission notification project allows both hospitals to receive a secure message notification when a patient that discharged from their facility, was readmitted into any SHARE participating hospital within a 30-day timeframe.

Mississippi County Hospital System is home to multiple outpatient clinics that serve the growing needs of their community. They have clinics available for patients looking for an annual wellness exam, planning a preventative procedure, or needs wound care. SHARE is integrated with Athena electronic medical record (EMR) system and is receiving admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) information, laboratory results, radiology reports, pathology reports, progress notes, discharge summaries, vitals, allergies, diagnosis and conditions.

The following Mississippi County Hospital System clinics are fully integrated with SHARE through the Athena EMR system interface:

  • Community Health Specialist (MCHS)
  • Great River Family Clinic (MCHS)
  • Great River Pain Clinic (MCHS)
  • Great River Urology
  • Great River Women's Clinic (MCHS)
  • Great River Wound Healing Clinic (MCHS)
  • Mississippi County Primary Care Physicians (MCHS)
  • Practitioner Family Care
  • Ashley A. Chimere MD

SHARE also routes the results from both hospital systems that are on MEDHOST to their Athena clinics in order for the providers to have their patients results in their local environment in real-time. SHARE’s continued mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the state’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

About Mississippi County Hospital System

Mission: To restore, maintain, and improve the health of everyone in the communities they serve.

Vision: To inspire hope in all who seek their help by offering the kind of care they would expect for their own family.

Great River Medical Center

Great River Medical Center (GRMC) is a full-service hospital with 99 beds that is committed to keeping quality health care closer to home for the community. The hospital offers:

 

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center(SMC) is a critical access hospital with 25 beds that is committed to keeping quality health care closer to home for the community. The hospital offers:

 

For more info, visit http://www.mchsys.org

 

 

 

 

Post date: 2019-05-31T08:15:32-05:00

 

Little Rock, AR. May 2019. More than 60 south Arkansas and northern Louisiana health care providers continue to securely access patient health records from Magnolia Regional Medical Center located in Magnolia, Arkansas through SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide health information exchange (HIE). The data sharing builds a more complete medical record for communities and individuals. With the connection to the HIE, it results in fewer repeated tests, better diagnosis and monitoring of chronic conditions and more comprehensive patient health record.

The continued collaboration with partners such as Magnolia Regional Medical Center reflects that coordinated care is extending across a much wider spectrum of facilities than ever before.  Magnolia Regional Medical Center, that serves south Arkansas and northern Louisiana, commitment is the first of many from health system organizations across state, making the community’s ability to deliver efficient and effective healthcare.

Magnolia Regional Medical Center is home to multiple outpatient clinics that serve the growing needs of their community. Whether a patient is looking for an annual wellness exam, planning a preventative procedure, or needs specialty infusions, they have a clinic to serve you. The following specialty clinics are sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries, Vitals, Allergies, Diagnosis and Conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.   

SHARE is a secure electronic health information exchange (HIE) dedicated to serving Arkansas’ 75 counties. Our suite of services allows health care professionals to securely and rapidly share records across institutions and practices, making patient information available wherever and whenever needed to provide the highest quality care. Patients benefit from fewer repeated tests, missing records and errors, while receiving more informed care during office visits and emergencies.

SHARE’s mission is to provide better information to support high quality patient care for the State’s health care community. By increasing data in the health information exchange (HIE), SHARE supplies a more comprehensive health care picture to a patient’s treating physician and care team.

About Magnolia Regional Medical Center

Magnolia Regional Medical Center is a non-profit, city owned, Acute Care Hospital. The hospital has been in continuous operation since 1939 and is licensed to operate 49 beds. In February 2010, a new facility opened replacing the original 1939 building and additions. The hospital continues to serve a diverse population in Columbia County and a large part of Southwest Arkansas including neonatal, pediatric, obstetric, adult, and geriatric patients.

Magnolia Regional Medical Center is located near the center of the City of Magnolia, eighteen miles from the Louisiana border, in the southwest corner of the state. It serves as the sole community provider of medical care for a thirty-five-mile radius. The primary service area is Columbia County, but receives patients from Lafayette, Nevada, Ouachita, and Union counties, as well as residents of Northern Louisiana.

Learn more about MRMC: https://magnoliarmc.org/

Post date: 2019-05-30T08:43:14-05:00

May 2019 Little Rock, Arkansas. The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is proud to partner with Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) hospital and clinics that are now sending data to Arkansas’ only Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) are being shared with referral providers ranging from endocrinology to orthopedics. As the region’s first and only children’s hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) offers easy access to complete pediatric healthcare. Their team is available 24/7 and includes an emergency department just for children. ACNW simply delivers care close to home for more than 200,000 children in 11 counties in Northwest Arkansas. SHARE is assisting Arkansas Children’s Northwest in transforming the health of children.

The Arkansas Children’s Northwest campus is 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, surgical services, diagnostic services and clinical space. The campus also includes nature trails and gardens for patients and their families, as well as a helipad for the Angel One Transport team.

With a full team of board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric specialists, ACNW provides a complete range of services for children of all ages, including:

Arkansas Children’s Northwest hospital and specialty clinics are sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) that include: Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Pathology Reports, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries, Vitals, Allergies, Diagnosis and Conditions to assist in better care coordination and transitions of care.

About Arkansas Children’s

Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only health care system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and a nationally-recognized children’s research institute. It is one the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in pulmonology, neonatal care, cardiology and heart surgery and urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest Arkansas in Springdale includes 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services. Arkansas Children’s also blankets the state with outreach programs that include telemedicine, mobile health and school-based health solutions. A private nonprofit, Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research and is committed to providing every child with access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. Founded as an orphanage, Arkansas Children’s has championed children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow for more than 100 years.

For more info, visit www.archildrens.org

Post date: 2019-05-24T13:32:14-05:00

 

Health Information Exchange (HIE) is not always understood in our ever changing healthcare landscape.

 

Myth #1 busts a misconception about HIE advancement and consolidation.

 

Interoperability is delivered best in markets that are dominated by one large electronic health record (EHR) System.

 

 

 

While one or two EHR’s may dominate certain markets, in the age of value-based healthcare, patients seek care through a variety of healthcare organizations and locations creating data silos. HIEs can consume, digest and disseminate information from multiple sources and present that information to the hospital, provider and care team in a format they can understand. This means that HIEs provide a normalized, longitudinal clinical record for each patients, incorporating information from all care settings with multiple EHR systems.

 

Myth #2 busts a thought that all patients only see providers within one healthcare organization.

 

Patients in my area only see providers that are associated with our healthcare organization. This is because we provide emergency care, primary care and specialty care.

 

 

 

American patients have seen an average of 18.7 different doctors during their lives, according to a survey conducted by GfK OmniWeb Roper. For patients over 65 years of age, the average increases to 28.4 individual doctors, including primary care, specialists, hospital and urgent care providers.

 

 

 

Myth #3 In an HIE, just sharing data is sufficient. 

 

Many HIEs only share a longitudinal view of a patient data from multiple organizations across the care continuum.

 

 

 

An HIE can alert hospitals and physicians to a patient’s admission, readmission or discharge from an acute care facility, informing the provider’s workflow and helping him/her to better respond to care transitions. This allows a provider to offer timely follow-up care to ensure better care of the patient. Similarly, as value-based care drives requirements for analytics and quality reporting, HIEs can take in data, perform key analytics and deliver reports that help providers increase their quality scores.

Post date: 2019-05-14T09:09:58-05:00

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Post date: 2019-05-13T09:00:34-05:00

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – May, 2019

SHARE is happy to announce our new participant, White Hall Family Medicine Associates. White Hall Family Medicine Associates is the newest independent family medicine clinic to join the SHARE network! This independent provider practice is located in White Hall, Arkansas providing high quality, patient-centered health care. White Hall Family Medicine Associates was founded to provide convenient, complete and compassionate healthcare to their community.

The data exchange service will give the physicians, nurses and care team, in Jefferson County and surrounding areas, secure access to important information such as lab results, updated patient records, vitals, allergies, discharge summaries and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible than with paper files.

“With the clinic accessing their patient’s data securing from the SHARE exchange, they will be able to see the bigger picture of their patient’s overall health outside of their clinic. This will include if their patients have been to the hospital or seen a specialist since their last visit, updated test results and progress notes will be right there in their records,” said Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator with SHARE. “Patients won’t have to worry about remembering every detail for a primary care visit because their doctors and care team will have a more complete picture of their patients’ health ,” said Villines.

About White Hall Family Medicine Associate:

Your Family … Our Team … Good Health

No matter what age or stage in life, White Hall Family Medicine Associates is committed to providing skilled, quality, comprehensive healthcare. While they continue to keep pace with the latest advancements in medicine, they never forget that each patient is a unique individual. As highly trained, dedicated and experienced physicians, they offer a comprehensive full-service family practice dedicated to providing excellent and compassionate healthcare to patients. As a partner in healthcare, they listen to patients concerns and can help them develop a wellness program that will assist in maintaining optimal health and wellness.

Services

Chronic Illness Management: Chronic illnesses include, but are not limited to, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, arthritis and allergies. Such illnesses generally require a lifetime of treatment.

Acute Care: Acute care illnesses include such things as upper respiratory infections, bladder infections, back, neck and other musculoskeletal injuries – maladies that, while possibly severe, are generally brief when properly treated.

Wellness Care: physicians strongly recommend patients have a wellness physical once a year. An annual wellness examination provides physicians with the information necessary to ensure patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, and is also a key to early diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious diseases.

Annual Visits: Include Pap smears (Papanicolaou test), prostate exam, blood work, colon (Colorectal) cancer screening.

Immunizations: Maintaining the recommended immunization schedule is an important aspect of wellness for both adult and pediatric patients.

On-Site Lab & X-Ray:  This includes blood tests, urinalysis, serologies for mono and pregnancy tests. Physicians are able to order chest, bone and joint X-rays on-site and have the results within a reasonable amount of time. The availability of these capabilities in their clinic (and not at a third-party facility) allows them to provide patients with quicker diagnosis and treatment – often while they are being examined.

Find out more here: https://whitehallfamilymedicine.com/

Post date: 2019-05-10T09:00:36-05:00

 

  • Providers will have an up-to-the-minute view of a patient’s health history at the point of care
  • Accessing the Virtual Health Record puts the power of information and collaboration in the hands of the clinician—enabling more accurate diagnoses, faster and more effective treatment, and better outcomes for the patient

Little Rock, Arkansas – May, 2019  SHARE is happy to announce our new participant; Chenal Family Therapy has joined the only statewide health information exchange. Chenal Family Therapy is the newest group of behavioral health clinics to join the SHARE network! With locations in West Little Rock, Conway, North Little Rock, Bryant, White Hall, Rogers (NWA), Hot Springs, De Queen, Cabot, Heber Springs, El Dorado, Fort Smith, Texarkana and Jonesboro. Chenal Family Therapy is encouraging, empowering and equipping patients for a better state of health throughout Arkansas.

Chenal Family Therapy is providing high quality, patient-centered therapy, medication management and counseling. Access to SHARE will give the therapists, nurses and care team, that see patients in over 20 counties in Arkansas, secure access to important health information such as, updated patient records, discharge summaries, medication histories and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their health records are more secure and accessible than with paper files being faxed or mailed.

About Chenal Family Therapy:

Chenal Family Therapy is a team of passionate and caring therapists covering in Arkansas, with 15 locations and more to come. They were founded in 2010 by their Practice Director, Ken Clark, MA, LMFT. They do individual, couples and family therapy for kids, teens, and adults, as well as psychological testing services. They also offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and registered dietitian services. Healing Relationships through Individual, Couples & Family Therapy is their mission and vision.

Find out more here:

https://www.chenaltherapy.com/

Post date: 2019-05-02T09:00:00-05:00

 

Healthcare simply consists of thousands of interlinked processes that result in a very complex system. If we focus on the processes of care one at a time, we can fundamentally change the game and deal with the challenges facing healthcare. Meaningful quality improvement must be data-driven. This is particularly true for quality control in healthcare. You’re basically dead in the water if you try to work with healthcare providers and you don’t have good data. I think everybody recognizes that.

The right data in the right format, at the right time, in the right hands is crucial.  If clinician teams are going to manage care, they need data. They need the right data delivered in the right format, at the right time, and in the right place. And the data must be delivered into the right hands—the clinicians’ care team is involved in operating and improving any given process of care.

If quality improvement is going to work in healthcare—if we are going to realize value—it means, we must engage clinicians. Clinicians (nurses and providers’ care team) are the frontline workers who understand and own the processes of care. But we live in a pristine time. I once received from an email from a physician leader at a leading national delivery system. I’m going to withhold the name of the delivery system, but I can tell you that if you ask knowledgeable people to list of top 10 delivery systems in the country, almost everyone would put the same organization on their list. Despite that, this physician wrote to me lamenting how difficult it was for him to get his peer physicians to see a new future. And in his email, he succinctly described the problem by saying that his physicians were “historically encumbered and demoralized.” And I love the succinctness of his description because what he is basically saying is they’re clinging to the past and are demoralized because they don’t see a new future. And in that short phrase, this very excellent physician leader encapsulated the problem and points us towards the solution.

View the full Spring Newsletter here.

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

Post date: 2019-03-28T08:36:52-05:00

 

  • Promoting Behavioral Health Data Exchange with Perspectives Behavioral Health Management
  • Improving Comprehensive Patient Care
  • Identifying High Risk Patients

Little Rock, Ark. March 2019 ­- Health information exchanges (HIEs) play a hand in enabling more practical, timely health data exchange to participating healthcare organizations and their patients.  While electronic health record (EHR) systems and health data exchange solutions have been common tools within hospitals and physician practices for close to a decade, many behavioral healthcare providers are just beginning to integrate EHR use into care delivery. This includes integration with HIEs for a more complete picture of health of the patient.

The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), has now integrated with Perspectives Behavioral Health Management, that use Credible, a behavioral health EHR, to improve comprehensive care throughout West Arkansas. This includes records such as diagnostic evaluation, diagnoses, discharge plan/summary, medications and continuity of care documents (CCDs).

With this integration, SHARE excludes sensitive labs, psychotherapy notes and substance abuse information adhering to 42 CFR Part 2. SHARE also, provides Perspectives Behavioral Health Management access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the behavioral health clinic providers and care coordinators when their patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges.

Perspectives Behavioral Health Management’s main clinic is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas and provides care at Clarksville, Greenwood, Mulberry clinics and also sees patients at over 20 school based treatment programs throughout the Fort Smith region. Perspectives Behavioral Health Management services Day Treatment (adult), Traditional office-based counseling (child/adult), Psychological testing (child/adult), School-Based Services (child), and Crisis Intervention services.

These efforts to include behavioral health in the electronic data exchange mark progress toward enabling more comprehensive, complete patient care. Despite a growing awareness of the importance of behavioral health data to primary care providers and hospitals, behavioral health data sharing continues to lag behind.

With this integration of behavioral health data into SHARE it ultimately results in a more complete picture of a patient’s health and assists with information gaps. Integrating behavioral health and other data types into SHARE is imperative to mitigating these information gaps and avoiding potential inhibitors to positive patient health outcomes resulting in improving managed mental health.

About Perspectives Behavioral Health Management

The philosophy of Perspectives Behavioral Health Management, LLC is to provide top quality care to individuals and families served to help them achieve their treatment plan goals. Key principles of treatment include evidenced based practices to accurately assess and intervene for remediation and/or management of mental health symptoms across all populations served.  Integration of cultural sensitivity and family involvement are part of treatment to enhance success. Each patient has individual needs and goals which are the priority of treatment.  PBHM will assess and treat in a compassionate manner. Services are designed to help patients' transition into a less restrictive environment as they complete their goals.

Perspectives Behavioral Health Management, LLC, has earned a reputation for providing quality mental health services in a timely and efficient manner. We have a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment which utilizes the skills of the psychiatrists, therapists, paraprofessionals, and nurses working together under the physician’s supervision, in order to facilitate a comprehensive and constructive plan of care for the patients that we treat.  The treatment team works in collaboration with the consumer to develop the most appropriate plan of care given the presenting problem, needs/desires of the consumer, and resources available to that Individual We Serve

Our Mission is to provide quality outpatient mental health services based on sound business practices. Central to our Mission is our desire to be the premier provider of quality outpatient mental health services in the State of Arkansas by providing a multitude of innovative services based on need and available resources while assisting both the family and community in the promotion of healing and change.

We will:

  • Provide excellence through our use of progressive and proactive services
  • Attract highly qualified personnel
  • Develop community partnerships
  • Value professionalism, teamwork, integrity, and responsibility
  • Continually assess program delivery

Services provided include:  Day Treatment (adult), Traditional office-based counseling (child/adult), Psychological testing (child/adult), School-Based Services (child), and Crisis Intervention services.

For more information, visit: https://www.pbhm.com

 

 

Post date: 2019-03-21T08:40:28-05:00

Little Rock, Arkansas– MANA, Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, one of the largest medical groups of local independent physicians in Northwest Arkansas, has connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) the only Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community. MANA is physician owned and patient centered with one purpose to improve quality of life by providing compassionate, comprehensive, quality healthcare.

“MANA is committed to delivering high-quality care in a professional and caring environment to improve the health and well-being of the patients in North and Northwest Arkansas,” said Anne Santifer, SHARE Executive Director. By connecting with SHARE, they will further their commitment by exchanging information more efficiently with referring physicians and providing referral doctors and hospitals with the patient information they need at the point of care.

MANA is now live with sharing data through an interface with eClinicalWorks (eCW) and the only Statewide HIE in Arkansas (SHARE), which features a robust patient query and response functionality that lets providers quickly access patient health data from hospitals, physician practices, state health systems and more. This includes records such as medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, medications, continuity of care documents (CCDs), immunizations, vitals and allergies. Additionally, SHARE provides access to 24 hour daily reports notifying the primary care clinic providers and care coordinators when their Arkansas Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department and inpatient discharges.

Whatever a patients’ healthcare needs, MANA provides compassionate, expert care to families through their network of specialists that expand from Fayetteville to Harrison Arkansas. “We are pleased to welcome Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, one of the nation’s leading medical groups of local independent physicians, to SHARE,” said Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator of SHARE. “This connection helps facilitate the seamless and secure exchange of patient health information with Arkansas’ health systems, hospitals and physicians. This delivers substantial benefits for patients, referring physicians and all of the MANA practices.”

MANA includes a wide range of clinics and specialties:

 


Clinics Include:


Specialties Include:


Multi-Specialty: Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic


Adult Medicine


FirstCare Family Doctors (7 locations)


Asthma Clinic


MANA Urgent Care (2 locations)


Imaging & MRI


Millennium Chiropractic Sports Medicine and Rehab


Mammography/Breast Imaging


Fayetteville Acute Care & Walk-In Clinic (Pediatrics)


Chiropractic


Pinnacle Hills Wellness Clinic and Acute Care & Walk-In Clinic (Pediatrics)


Family Medicine


Renaissance Women's Healthcare


Gastroenterology


The Breast Center- Fayetteville


Gynecology


MANA Family Medicine


Neurology


Fayetteville Wellness Clinic (Pediatrics)


Pediatrics


The Breast Center- Bentonville


Psychiatry


The Breast Center- Harrison


Pulmonary Medicine


MANA MRI


Rheumatology


MANA Imaging


Sleep Medicine


MANA Northwest Arkansas Psychiatry


Urgent Care

Established in 2013, SHARE has successfully connected members consisting of hospital systems, physician groups, public health registries, individual practitioners, state and regional HIEs. SHARE is connected to the national eHealth Exchange and is also a member of DirectTrust, which enables its members to securely exchange information nationally with other providers who are using DirectTrust. SHARE participates with the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). Health information exchanges (HIEs) are connecting nation­wide to seamlessly deliver patient health information across state lines and across health systems, improving the patient experience by making health information available when­ever and wherever care occurs.

About MANA Physicians and Clinics

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) is an independent physician group that includes family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health and an array of specialists and advanced health services. Our mission is to improve quality of life by providing compassionate, comprehensive, quality healthcare.

An Independent Physician Group

MANA physicians and clinics have a reputation for excellence as leaders in the healthcare community for over 50 years.

  • Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic was established in 1957 to provide internal medicine and specialty care for adults.
  • In 1983, Drs. Joe T. Robinson and Terry Payton opened Northwest Arkansas Pediatric Clinic, now Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics. Since then the pediatric practice has continued to attract top graduates from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well as other top programs.
  • In 1994, a group of family medicine doctors established FirstCare Family Doctors, that now has 7 locations serving the Northwest Arkansas community with quality family care.
  • In 1999, Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic physicians partnered with Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics and FirstCare Family Doctors to create a unique medical group, Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA).
  • In 2000, we added MediServe Walk-In Clinic to serve residents, students, and visitors seven days a week. These clinics are now called MANA Urgent Care.
  • In 2003, Drs. Danna Grear and Kevin Pope established the first independent facility in Arkansas dedicated solely to breast imaging, The Breast Center. The Breast Center was the first in the area to offer digital mammography and first in the state to offer Breast MRI with Dr. Steven Harms, a world-renowned radiologist.
  • Dr. Kathleen Paulson approached MANA in 2005 to open a gynecology practice, Renaissance Women’s Healthcare, dedicated to educating women about their health from their first appointment through menopause.
  • In 2009, MANA physicians acquired the first 3T MRI in Northwest Arkansas to provide patients and physicians with faster scans and better images.
  • In 2012, added Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound for women with dense breast tissue at The Breast Center. 
  • MANA Imaging began providing lung cancer screening and was named an Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center in 2017. 
  • Expanded family medicine and pediatrics to Benton County in 2018.
  • Our top priority is to provide the best care to our patients for optimum health. We believe in listening and sharing with our patients. Our Mission is to improve quality of life by providing compassionate, comprehensive, quality healthcare.

Physician Owned

MANA clinics are independent, physician-owned practices. As a physician-owned practice, our physicians can focus on compassionate, quality, patient care, and retain the quality, personal clinic environment. Physicians make the decisions that shape excellent patient care in our practices.

By working together, MANA physicians can responsibly manage the costs associated with health care, improve our practice efficiencies, and enhance overall care for patients. A board of directors elected by the physicians governs MANA. The board is advised and assisted by four principal leaders: Jason Wilson, Chief Executive Officer; Paula Maxwell, Chief Operating Officer; John Jordin, Chief Informational Officer; and Paula Storment, Chief Financial Officer.

Innovative Care

MANA clinics are at the forefront of innovative health care. Our physicians provide an array of advanced diagnostic testing and preventive screening including laboratory services, breast cancer screening, general imaging, advanced pulmonary testing, colon cancer screening and endoscopy. View advanced health services.

Post date: 2019-03-08T00:00:00-06:00

 

  • CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, CHI St. Vincent North, CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and CHI St. Vincent Morrilton hospitals expand connection with SHARE to include Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • 30+ CHI St. Vincent Heart Clinics Arkansas are integrating to share patient data with referral partners to include Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • 80+ Primary Care and Specialty Care clinics expand connections to seamlessly deliver patient health information (Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports and Discharge Summaries) across the state

 

Little Rock, Arkansas – February, 2019 The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), announce a ground-breaking partnership that will enable more efficient healthcare services for patients across rural Arkansas. This expands connections to CHI St. Vincent by exchanging important information such as lab results, updated patient records and demographic information. By integrating with the only Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) it ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible.

By enhancing the connection with CHI St. Vincent hospitals and clinics to the statewide HIE network, which will include bi-directional data exchange, health care providers participating in the clinically integrated network and referral partnerships 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, eliminate unnecessary testing and allow care providers to make more targeted diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

Additionally, SHARE provides CHI St. Vincent with data to enable enhanced 30-day readmission event notifications, as well as 24-hour daily reports when their primary care practices’ Medicaid patients are admitted and discharged from the emergency department or have an inpatient discharge. This collaboration is to improve population health analysis, patient outcomes and success with health care quality initiatives such as accountable care, meaningful use, clinically integrated networks, MIPS/MACRA and medical home programs.

"We enthusiastically support CHI St. Vincent’s vision of higher quality, better coordinated care for individuals living in rural Arkansas," said Anne Santifer, Executive Director at SHARE. “CHI St. Vincent is among the most ambitious health care systems in the state — they are implementing state-of-the-art technology that will significantly improve collaboration among providers in their area. Ultimately, this will improve patient outcomes and potentially reduce overall health care costs for everyone” said Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator at SHARE.

As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and CHI St. Vincent are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives and identifying potential social determinants of health. “This collaboration with SHARE will enable CHI St. Vincent to move forward with our mission ensuring a healthy future for those we serve, while excelling our system performance while we advance personal and community health beyond our traditional acute care focus.” “Sharing information among health care providers is fundamental to providing the highest quality of care for our citizens.” said Christi Whatley, Vice President & Chief Quality Officer, CHI St. Vincent.

CHI St. Vincent continues to remain committed to delivering the highest quality of care for patients and the communities it serves while simultaneously driving efficiencies to address the challenges facing healthcare providers and ensuring a sustainable future for its healing ministry in Arkansas.

About CHI St. Vincent:

CHI St. Vincent, a regional health network serving Arkansas, is part of Catholic Health Initiatives. We have served Arkansas since 1888 with a history of many firsts. Headquartered in Little Rock, our networks include primary care, specialty clinics, urgent care, hospitals, home health, rehabilitation and surgery centers. Together with more than 4,500 coworkers, 1,000 medical staff, and 500 volunteers, we consistently receive praise for advancements in care. Our growing Medical Group includes more than 300 providers across almost every medical and surgical specialty.  For more information, visit:  https://www.chistvincent.com

Post date: 2019-03-07T16:03:49-06:00

 

Despite widespread support for organ donation, a severe shortage in the number of organs donated exists. More than 118,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a kidney, heart, liver or other vital organ, and another person is added to that list every 16 minutes. Statistics reveal an average of 18 individuals will die each day while waiting for an available organ. Estimates indicate that more than 25,000 Americans die each year under circumstances that would allow them to become organ donors, but an average of only about 5,000 a year actually donate.

However, knowing this shortage, ARORA uses SHARE (Arkansas’ Statewide Health Information Exchange) to access patient’s information in real time from hospitals and clinics across the State of Arkansas. This allows real-time decisions on if a patient is eligible for organ donation based on their diagnosis, laboratory results, progress notes as well as many other factors. Before having access to SHARE, Paul Coulter, Donation Development Liaison stated “ARORA staff had to drive to hospitals and review the patient’s medical chart before we could deem the patient a candidate for organ donation. This would take many hours,” he said.

During this summer Paul stated “SHARE simply helped restore the life of someone on the waiting list by allowing our providers to have real-time access to a medical history to determine if donation was possible.  We had a family who mentioned their loved one had a cancer diagnosis, but didn’t know all the details.  We researched the patient’s medical records and didn’t find the cancer diagnosis. We then checked SHARE where we found the complete story regarding the cancer, which resulted in the patient becoming a tissue donor. Because of SHARE’s ability to display multiple hospitals’ visits, we were easily able to find the information needed. Without SHARE, this patient would not have been able to enhance the lives of others due to the lack of information.  Donation provides hope and healing for donor families as they know their loved ones helped others in a time of great need.

Paul stated that “Research indicates the primary reason for not donating is lack of education about the subject. A single, multi-organ donor can provide as many as seven organs—heart, liver, two kidneys, two lungs pancreas, and intestine for transplantation—as well as tissue, including corneas, heart valves, skin and bone. Less than one per cent of all deaths are potential organ donors, which also greatly limits the number of organs available for transplant.”

As part of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), ARORA is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). There are three organ transplant centers in Arkansas: Arkansas Children's Hospital, Baptist Health Medical Center and UAMS, all located in Little Rock. Arkansas Children’s Hospital performs heart and kidney transplants; Baptist Medical Center performs heart transplants; and UAMS performs kidney and liver transplants. Surgical centers throughout the state perform tissue transplants, including bone, skin, and cornea grafts.

Since 1988, more than 336,000 kidney transplants have been performed annually across the United States with a success rate of 95 percent. In 2012 there were more than 28,000 organ transplants and more than 450,000 tissue transplants. Each transplant procedure, over the past several years, has shown an increase in not only the number of cases performed each year, but in the success rate as well.

Simply put, having access to SHARE has saved our agency time and resources while making every effort to provide organs and tissues for life-saving and life-enhancing transplantations.

About Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA)

The Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) was established in 1987 as a non-profit, independent organ procurement agency. ARORA is headquartered in Little Rock, with a satellite office in northwest Arkansas located in Fayetteville. Serving 64 counties in the state, ARORA is managed by an executive director who reports to a board of directors. ARORA is also served by an Advisory Council, consisting of transplant surgeons, related physicians, donor family members, transplant recipients, hospital administrators and public representatives.

 

 

 

Post date: 2019-02-26T08:54:22-06:00

Located in El Dorado, Arkansas, Medical Center of South Arkansas is dedicated to providing advanced healthcare in South Arkansas through inpatient and outpatient services as well as community outreach. Medical Center of South Arkansas currently is connected to SHARE sending admissions, discharges and transfers (ADTs) that includes Diagnosis, Allergies and Vitals.

To further continued health information exchange with SHARE they will start integration with all of their Medical Center of South Arkansas, South Arkansas Physicians Services (SAPS) medical group clinics. Integrating their EMR systems will allow for laboratory results, radiology reports, discharge summaries from all of SAPS clinics to be shared with the patients’ healthcare teams throughout South Arkansas.

SAPS will also be able to view the SHARE Virtual Health Record (VHR) which displays information as a traditional clinical chart, with tabs to separate patient information into groups for easy chart review. SHARE 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.

SAPS providers and care coordinators will be able to view the following patient data through SHARE VHR if they have been seen outside of Medical Center of South Arkansas clinics, as long as the healthcare facilities are connected to SHARE, Arkansas’ only Statewide Health Information Exchange:

  • 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

Medical Center of South Arkansas, South Arkansas Physicians Services medical group clinics provide outpatient clinic services that include: long-term care services, heart care, cancer, neurology, pulmonology, pediatric care, women's health care, pain management, radiology, surgery, therapy, rehabilitation, urology, weight reduction, wound healing, and mammography services, as well as services for ear, nose, and throat problems.

About Medical Center of South Arkansas:

Medical Center of South Arkansas is your community healthcare provider, a 166-bed general acute care facility accredited by The Joint Commission. Medical Center of South Arkansas also provides stellar cardiac care in our accredited Chest Pain Center and is equipped to offer neonatal specialty care. We believe in the power of people to create great care. We’re more than 100 healthcare professionals strong. And we work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families in the community we call home.

Learn more about Medical Center of South Arkansas at: https://www.themedcenter.net/ (link is external) Or view their fact sheet for more information.

Post date: 2019-02-22T08:38:11-06:00

SHARE is now collaborating with six medical clinics at 1st Choice Healthcare in Northeast Arkansas.  SHARE is providing access to daily reports when their patients are admitted and discharged from the Emergency Room and Inpatient Encounter Discharges in the last 24 hours.

1st Choice Healthcare, is a community health center, providing compassionate, affordable health care for all individuals to improve lives and build healthier communities. At the heart of any community is the health of its people. At 1st Choice Healthcare, their reason for being is the patients’ health and the health of their neighbors. Whether they are sick and need treatment, or want to stay healthy and avoid problems, they are here for ALL patients. They have programs and screenings to help patients learn about their health and make healthy choices. 1st Choice Healthcare offers comprehensive medical services to ensure patients receive all the medical services needed. They offer a number of diagnostic tests and services within their medical clinics that take care of patients’ in Clay, Randolph, Lawrence, Sharp, Fulton, Greene, and the surrounding counties.

1st Choice Healthcare includes (6) locations in Ash Flatt, Corning, Salem, Paragould, Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge, (12) physicians, (11) APRNs with offices in six counties in Northeast Arkansas. The data exchange services from SHARE will provide secure access to important information such as lab results, recent diagnosis, updated medications, updated patient records and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in the patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible. Together, we are working to change health care to better serve the residents of Northeast Arkansas.

About 1st Choice Healthcare

 

A non-profit, FTCA Deemed, community governed organization. 1st Choice Healthcare has a governing body, composed of volunteers from the communities served. At least 51% of the board must be consumers of our services.

That means patients are always assured that 1st Choice Healthcare centers are:

  • Open to all residents, regardless of insurance status
  • Provide reduced cost care based on ability to pay
  • Tailor services to fit the special needs and priorities of local communities
  • Provide services based on the advice of local residents, businesses, churches, and other organizations
  • Offer services that help patients access health care, case management, health education, nutritional counseling, and chronic disease management.

 

At 1st Choice Healthcare, we embrace and practice patient-centered care and we strive to provide all of our patients with the best possible medical care. We encourage each patient to take an active role in their healthcare. We believe that in addition to helping patients when they are sick, we can and should help guide them in making healthy choices for preventive care. 1st Choice Healthcare is a non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, Federally Qualified Health Center. We welcome all members of our community, especially those unable to afford care. We are founded and governed by our community. Our Board of Directors is made up of your friends and neighbors as well as members from other community agencies. We work closely with government and health and human services agencies to bring you complete, high quality, and affordable healthcare.

For more information about 1st Choice Healthcare Click here to visit thier webiste.

Post date: 2019-02-19T11:48:59-06:00

Overview of Arkansas PASSE Risk-Based Provider Organization (RBPO) Model

Arkansas developed a hybrid model of provider-sponsored organizations (as opposed to the traditional Managed Care Organization (MCO) approach) called a Provider-owned Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE), that is targeted to a relatively small group of Medicaid enrollees who represent a significant percentage of Medicaid spending because of their complex medical needs.   Provider-led and owned organizations would become responsible for integrating specialized home and community based services for individuals with who have intensive levels of treatment or care due to mental illness, substance abuse, or intellectual and developmental disabilities with their physical health care.

Organizing the array of services for individuals with lower costs by achieving the appropriate utilization of services. Care coordination is expected to improve health outcomes and lower costs by decreasing gaps in care, thereby lowering the rates of crisis and acute care, decreasing duplication of services, and improving medication management.  States have demonstrated savings through lower rates of emergency department (ED) visits, reduction in hospital admissions for ambulatory sensitive conditions and reductions in hospital readmissions.

While the state has borrowed ideas from the experiences of other states, the PASSE approach offers a shared savings management model that is unique to Arkansas.  For more than a year, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Department of Human Services (DHS) and the bipartisan, bicameral Health Reform Legislative Task Force (RLTF) have engaged in an unprecedented effort to examine potential reforms that would make the Arkansas Medicaid programs sustainable for the future. The Stephen Group (TSG) was retained by the Task Force to assess potential reforms.  Through these efforts, two potential service delivery models were identified.

One alternative for DHS was to contract with a small number of full-risk Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through a competitive process. In a second model, called Diamond Care, DHS would contract with a single Third Party Administrator (TPA) to administer large parts of the Medicaid program. This proposal is a hybrid of the other two proposals, borrowing advantages from each model.

Problem Statement

Arkansas is one of the last Fee for Service (FFS) states in the country, first venturing into Managed Care via a Dental RFP in 2016.  The market is as geographically diverse as any state with its own set of unique and shared challenges with other states, such as the common challenger of transportation needs.  Members prior to 2018 were faced with navigating a complex system of care with little support from various state agencies due to budget constraints and lack of understanding about how to address member needs.  Some providers did offer various levels of care however, without consistency or regular oversight.

The DHS PASSE program concept aims to reengage members into the care delivery system and ensure the access to care, regardless of socioeconomic or physical disposition. The state vision to mandate Care Coordination for the intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) population ratio at 1:50 with the program being statewide required PASSEs to expand their innovations to support and track member navigation needs statewide.

Members and guardians have been at the mercy of the state or providers to address their unique needs. On some occasions, this approach has worked but in many cases members and guardians have ended up feeling lost in a universe of options and unknowns.   Members having a developmental disability or a behavioral health challenge find it is not easy to handle accessing services on their own.  In the event a member has a chronic and/or behavioral health condition with a developmental disability, the need to stabilize findings support, is crucial and must be timely. When a member with high needs does not understand who to go to in the state, required provider engagement protocol benefits for which they are eligible or a service need and the location, this can be catastrophic as timely engagement and access is key for stabilization.

“Most of FOREVERCARE’s members are high risk with complex and chronic conditions.  An emergency room visit for a patient with chronic conditions can be considered a failure of primary care. The case study demonstrates that prompt access to primary care follow up, previously championed by the Coleman and Naylor models, significantly decreases emergency room visits. The availability of real time alerts through the community registry provides the baseline information to begin an efficient care transition process.” Eric Yoder, MD is a seasoned healthcare executive and consultant with over 30 years of experience in managed care and Medicaid.

The Model

Arkansas’ new PASSE model of care coordination was designed for a group of Medicaid enrollees who represent a significant percentage of Medicaid spending due to their complex medical, behavioral and social service needs. With this new model the state selected individuals with higher levels of care needs for behavioral health, substance use disorder and developmental disability services, in addition to medical care. There were several goals of the PASSE model;

  1. Improve the health of Arkansans who need intensive
  2. To link providers of physical providers with specialty providers of behavioral health and developmental/intellectual disabilities services;
  3. To coordinate care for all community-based services;
  4. To allow flexibility in the array of services offered;
  5. To increase the number of service providers available in the community to the population covered;
  6. To reduce cost of care by coordinating and providing appropriate and preventative care

The Department of Health Services (AR) provided four metrics that should be met to ensure quality patient care and effectiveness of care coordination services:

  1. Initiate contact with each member within 15 business days after the first day of the month following attribution to the health plan;
  2. Monthly face-to-face contacts with each member;
  3. Follow-up with each member within (7) business days of visit to Emergency Room or Urgent- Care Clinic, or discharging from Hospital or Inpatient Psychiatric Unit/Facility;
  4. Ensure that all members have selected a PCP, confirm that the member is selecting/providing a referral to a PCP located in a federal qualified health center nearest to member’s community.

 

Based on the requirements, FOREVERCARE model would leverage and employ field based Community Health Workers (CHWs) in a 50:1 ratio with hand held personal devices to automatically track and document events with reporting into FOREVERCARE’s central office. FOREVERCARE would deploy a registry or virtual care navigation tools.

The key is having real time alerts with predefined care transitions for each member regardless of their event details.  To trigger electronically through real time automation and ensuring all tracking and oversight is complete with daily reporting to ensure quality care and effectiveness of care coordination.

Our goal with over 150 Care Coordinators deployed statewide was to enable them with real information and real tools, with real time alerts to better serve members throughout the state. Imagine a world where someone visits the ER at 11:00 PM for chronic pain and the next morning at 8:00AM the member or guardian is called or visited by their assigned Care Coordinator with a planned transition protocol?  How could this happen, how could we define a process, share the right level of information and engage a complex member to renew their faith in the community that we care. At the same time having all the key information relative to the members needs and immediately scheduling the member for a PCP appointment within 72 hours.

By enabling care coordinators with tablets and a basic registry that is connected via HL7 ADT messages to the State HIE State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE, Arkansas’ only statewide HIE), we can structure the care coordination, collect key quality measures, force preferred navigation protocols, ensure transportation arrives and ensure members make their visit through simple interventions with basic check boxes in the registry.

 

The FOREVERCARE custom Registry tracks all basic member information and forces data collection and transition protocols.    The concept is not new as many organizations deploy registries, but the key is how much and how best to leverage and not boil the ocean.

In Phase I of the PASSE program we used a modified PCMH model stimulated with technology that Care Coordinators used. Guardians and Providers could also seek additional information such as risk stratification, member history or gaps in care.

FOREVERCARE immediately engaged the state health information exchange (HIE) to extract emergency department and inpatient HL7 ADT message alerts and automate the distribution of the event to field based CHWs statewide with a goal of meeting 2 of the 4 state requirements; a PCP assignment and contact within 7 days of acute event and assigned Primary Care Provider. We took the effort much into the future and had agreements with primary care providers to bring into the office within 72 hours.

Our model focused on connecting members to the primary care provider within 72 hours’ post- acute event.

SHARE assisted FOREVERCARE PASSE by providing daily reports for attributed Medicaid beneficiaries when those patients were admitted and discharged from the emergency room and/or had an inpatient encounter in the last 24 hours. Once the PASSE received their 24-hour daily report, the FOREVEVERCARE RNs had essential clinical information including but not limited to the discharge summary via the Virtual Health Record (VHR). The VHR displays information as a traditional clinical chart, it retrieves and shows all available data for a selected patient gathered from all data sources within SHARE to enable a single, consolidated view of a patient’s health history.

FOREVERCARE along with three other provider-led health plans, deliver access to healthcare through the PASSE model of care, which is unique to Arkansas and provides coordination of physical health, behavioral health and home and community services to vulnerable Arkansans who qualify for these services due to specific health conditions. Care coordination is increasingly important to Medicaid programs and has shown success in improving health outcomes of individuals while reducing costs. SHARE allowed FOREVERCARE to know when their patients are admitted, discharged and transferred to local hospitals across Arkansas as well as surrounding state hospitals. Care Coordinators could then view the following patient data through VHR in real- time:

 

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

 

Using the VHR option, providers of the PASSE had an up-to-the-minute view of a patient’s health history at the point of care.   This information would be critical for our complex members to ensure continuity of care.

Once the relationship and partnership was formed with FOREVERCARE PASSE, a phased approach was put into action:

Phase I:   Access to SHAREs’ Virtual Health Record (VHR) & Secure Messaging (SM)

Both applications are web based. This allowed FOREVERCARE PASSE care coordinators and community health workers the ability to use the VHR search functionality and Secure Messaging feature to access to patient information during and after a hospital emergency room admission/discharge and inpatient discharge. The following is what occurred in Phase I:

  1. Daily reports on Emergency Room and Inpatient Encounter Discharges in the last 24 hours;
  2. Search   individuals’   health   information   for   problems, medications, allergies, and
  3. medications to enhance clinical decision making in the field;
  4. Alert the receiving PASSE about an individual’s status in the emergency department to provide decision support and prepare for treatment needs that may result in requiring time sensitive treatment or therapy such as trauma, heart attack, or stroke care coordination efforts;

 

Phase II:  Flow of real-time Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADTs) to FOREVERCARE PASSE Community Registry

To prove the concept, a channel was created to flow all ADTs of the attributed beneficiaries/members, based on FOREVERCARE patient attribution, via SHARE to FOREVERCARE PASSE custom registry platform to trigger automated care transitions for care coordinators. This was built to have real-time ADTs to determine if patient will bounce back to the Emergency Department and/or inpatient encounter for the same or related complaint and supported real- time care coordination efforts.

The following is what occurred in Phase II:

  1. Incorporation of the HIE by accessing the patient’s consolidated health history using the flow of real-time ADTs allowed for the intensive care coordination of FOREVERCARE’s patient population;
  2. Allowed for tracking of “loyalty customers” to assist with case management;
  3. Once FOREVERCARE received the ADT custom registry, the system generated automated tasks and transition protocols mandating the assigned care coordinator contact the patient and schedule PCP visit within 72 hours; In addition, the FOREVERCARE RNs reviewed the entire ADT of the patient record, regardless of which hospital they may go to, which is critical to the success of tracking, monitoring and following up on the patient.

The Results

With any program the baseline data and goals with consistent weekly and monthly reporting is key to track and monitor progress and adjust as needed in the event of adverse results.  This is done by FOREVERCARE population analysis team down to the provider location Tax Identification Number (TIN) or by a specific provider as needed when reviewing data anomalies to identify needs.

Our vision is care should not be determined by the socio-economic conditions you may not have had control over or by the zip code you live in. Care should be driven at the best possible means no matter what the circumstances.  Our goal was to reengage the member with primary care (Physical or Behavioral Provider) and maintain that engagement timely and as frequently as necessary to ensure continuity of care.

We also found in many cases in Arkansas over 40% individuals with an existing chronic condition had not seen their respective specialist for that chronic condition.  Basic population health techniques from historical paid claims data identified this gap and the respective care coordinator schedule the specialist appointments for the members to ensure member needs are covered. Several of FOREVERCARE members benefitted greatly by the use of technology and population health capabilities by FOREVECARE. Our data analysis team compiled monthly paid claims data provided by the state and setup baselines of our members deployed in our community-based model. FOREVERCARE analyst team varied the data by product line, provider and region seeking various patterns that may exist and working with providers to address gaps.   When running through the data we looked at the number of days a member took to have a post-acute event Primary Care visit.   FOREVERCARE leveraged paid claims data from the state with monthly trending reports and saw a dramatic decrease from 22 days on average to 6 days.

Fig 1.0, Source: Historical Arkansas Medicaid Paid Claims

 

In addition, to the post-acute PCP visit, FOREVERCARE looked at other events that would have a positive impact based on evidenced based models elsewhere in the county.   The number of Emergency Department visits per member should decrease based on similar models. FOREVERCARE data for Emergency Department visits was normalized to 100 users due to the small volume of members in our data set of about 7,500 lives.  As we can see from go live in February 2018 with the immediate engagement by forced navigation protocols from ED alerts to the registry from SHARE HIE the results have been better than expectations.   Continued monitoring and coaching of Care Coordinators through weekly training sessions, daily close reports and directing PCP services gaps with alternative service locations.  In some cases, for complex members we scheduled appointments at BH and PH to ensure continuity of member needs.  The results in Fig 2.0 show a decrease in ED visits of about 42%.  Leveraging the state SHARE HIE and real time HL7 alerts through our registry combined with our community based CHWs and predefined care coordination protocols.

Fig 2.0, Source: Historical Medicaid Paid Claims

Summary

 

The results in fact were not surprising as many care transition programs around the country have experienced similar results.   FOREVERCARE had a perfect opportunity to validate a transition model with pre-defined transition protocol and the infusion of a registry with field-based care coordinators in Arkansas.   Having SHARE HIE as a partner to share HL7 ADT events with FOREVERCARE was the secret sauce that allowed for the automation of the care transitions.

The intent of Arkansas DHS model was to support intense navigation for complex members in the community and provide an avenue for members to re-engage the health delivery system in Arkansas.  Starting with the most complex can be difficult early on but the preliminary results with just basic tools and process have been stellar.

This same basic process if replicated to other populations such as Long Term Services and Support (LTSS) and Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD) populations should see very similar results based on the membership activity in any community across the country.  For providers and payers in Medicare or Medicaid choosing to deliver reduce costs, reduce potentially preventable events, and improve quality scores this is a model that is well worth the effort.  Recommend a crawl, walk, run approach for payers or providers undertaking this approach since most clinical teams will push back at the perceived duplication of clinical documents or tools.  In fact, this is non-clinical and should only be seen as navigation for members while at the same time the opportunity to collect gaps in care and seamlessly update your respective electronic health record () or electronic medical record (EMR).

As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and FOREVERCARE PASSE together contributed to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives, identifying potential social determinants of health and assisting with payer relations, among other efforts.

Change is difficult but with the right approach and providers with an understanding of how to apply the data the results can change the lives of members in the community.

Author Biographies

 

Eric Yoder, MD is a seasoned healthcare executive and consultant with over 30 years of experience in managed care and Medicaid. He is currently a private consultant primarily to Medicaid health plans large and small and Medicaid adjacent businesses specializing in business development, clinical program optimization, LTSS programs, clinical and behavioral health integration and quality improvement.

Dr. Yoder previously served as senior vice president and Chief Medical Officer for United Healthcare, Community and State which provided Medicaid and Medicare programs serving more than 3 million members in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Recipients were primarily lower income Americans, children and women of childbearing age; Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD); chronically ill individuals; supplemental security beneficiaries, Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP).

Dr. Yoder was formerly executive vice president and Chief Medical Officer for Amerigroup Corporation covering 1.3 million in 12 states specializing in Medicaid TANF and CHIP, SSI, ABD and Medicare special needs programs. He previously served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Amerigroup Texas, president and chief operating officer of Amerigroup for the Dallas/Fort Worth region of Texas, and vice president and executive medical director for Amerigroup of Southwest Texas.

Before joining Amerigroup, he served as associate medical director for business development and regional director of emergency services and patient repatriation for the Permanente Medical Association of Texas. Dr. Yoder has been board certified in Emergency Medicine and served in multiple clinical roles including primary care physician, emergency medicine physician and regional Chief of Service for Urgent Care.

Dr. Yoder earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, a Medical Doctorate from Duke University School of Medicine, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oregon. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

 

Carolyn Thomas Morris, Ph.D., is of the Red Streak Clan and born for Tangle People, and was born and raised near Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. Dr. Morris is a licensed Psychologist, and nationally she is one of the few practicing psychologists fluent in the Navajo language. She is a consultant in the public sector health plan market (Medicaid/Medicare), specializing in plan/program development, clinical oversight and care coordination, reducing health disparities and improving population health. She also continues to provide direct patient care in community behavioral health, primary care, and geriatric settings. Dr. Morris serves on the Navajo Technical University Board of Regents and holds an elected position representing the Navajo Nation with the Association of Community College Trustees.

Previously, Dr. Morris spent eight years as Senior Director of Native American Affairs with OptumHealth and United Healthcare, Community and State. She has held positions as executive director of an adolescent residential treatment center, special education director, research and evaluation director, and worked as a consulting and clinical psychologist in a wide range of settings. Developed over years working in both the private and public sectors, her guiding professional interest is improving quality, responsiveness and access to healthcare and education for underserved populations. As a Past President of the Society of American Indian Psychologists, she helped guide that organization in its mission of supporting American Indian students prepare for careers as psychologists. Dr. Morris earned her doctorate and master’s degrees at Utah State University and did her undergraduate work at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Mike McCabe, Plan President of FOREVERCARE is a tenured healthcare professional whose passion for the industry has fostered his deep passion and immersion in Healthcare delivery for over 25 years.

Mr. McCabe has worked directly with several states on Health Policy, Innovation, Clinical Innovations, Community Based Care Coordination tools, All Payers Claim Databases, and Information & Benefit Exchanges. His experience designing, building,

and optimizing health plan delivery has resulted in over $10 Billion in revenue for the organizations he has supported.  His leadership in policy and waiver optimization has supported paradigm shifts in state Medicaid delivery systems in over 20 states.

With a Computer Science Degree and A Navy Veteran, Mr. McCabe has tirelessly fine-tuned a vast and varied skills set in Medicaid and Medicare delivery, even coining the term “Eco System of Care” referring to the community and the safety net influence on care via technology or socio-economic impacts to care delivery. His leadership roles with a large National payer for 13 years saw Mr. McCabe managing Medicaid and Medicare technology operational delivery and contract compliance as the Vice President of Technology Operations serving 20 states.  He also led Business Development for the western region and enhanced care delivery through hundreds of innovations for complex members across multiple states and communities with the focused on enabling providers with data and information at the point of care.

Prior to leadership roles with this large national payer Mr. McCabe served as the Director of IT for Sutter Health in Sunnyvale, CA.  In this capacity he managed billing, managed care analytics, and multiple Market innovations such as the first electronic EKG with central reader, and Radiology Dictaphone (Automated Transcriptions).

 

About State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE): SHARE is Arkansas’ statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE), which is operated by the Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) at the Arkansas Department of Health.

SHARE’s mission is to advance secure connectivity and serve as a sustainable, interoperable data exchange platform for health- related operations.

SHARE’s vision is to provide a mechanism through which individuals, health care providers, and health organizations can electronically share health-related information to facilitate and strengthen the delivery of healthcare throughout Arkansas. This is designed to lead to improved patient care, informed individual health decisions, better public health outcomes, and cost- effective use of healthcare resources. SHARE is expected to achieve broad acceptance, credibility, and access by employing advanced technologies that ensure efficiency, privacy, and security and continuously evolve to serve Arkansans more effectively.

For more information, visit: SHAREarkansas.com to see the more than 70+ Hospitals, over 1,700 Healthcare Organizations, (25) HIE to HIE connections to date, as well as, a LIVE connection to eHealth Exchange and the Patient Centered Date Home (PCDH) initiative under the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SCHIEC).

 

Justin Villines, HIT Policy Integrator/Senior Operations Manager

Email:  [email protected] Phone: 501.537.8924

Justin Villines is an Arkansas native and currently serves as the HIT Policy Integrator/Senior Operations Manager for the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), Arkansas’ only statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). He has 17+ years combined experience in Health Information Exchange, EMR/EHR systems, Public Health and Community Education, practice transformation, healthcare consulting, project management, teaching, and federal/state service.  He has extensive knowledge in practice transformation health initiatives and has lead the implementation of Health Information Exchange (HIE) efforts throughout Arkansas, Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Arkansas Lead Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), Clinically Integrated Networks (CIN) and Arkansas Medicaid PCMH program. He also teaches the Masters of Health Administration as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Webster University and the Bachelors of Science in Health Administration at Park University at their Little Rock campuses.

In his previous roles with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences he has worked on PCMH transformation, published 7 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) teaching modules for the UAMS Family Medicine Residency programs and as a quality assurance coordinator, evaluated performance improvement requirements for The Joint Commission and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Serving in the US Army for 8 years with two tours in Iraq, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Master Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Healthcare Management. He is presently working on his DrPH in Public Health – Community Health Promotion and Education.

Anne Santifer, Executive Director

Email:  [email protected] Phone: 501.410.1998

Anne Santifer is Director of the Office of Health Information Technology as of August, 2018.  Anne has nearly 10 years of experience in the operations, development, and policy supporting Medicaid quality improvement programs.  She is experienced in program management, Value based programs and data and information technologies supporting health care and social service programs. Prior to joining OHIT, Anne served as the assistant director of health care innovations at Medicaid which included the successful Patient Centered Medical Home program.

 

 

 

Adrian Jones, Account Manager

Email:  [email protected] Phone: 501.410.1999

Adrian Jones is the Account Manager at SHARE. She is responsible for proactively assessing and clarifying customer needs on an ongoing basis. She works collaboratively with SHARE internal teams to ensure implementation and support of SHARE solutions. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Little Rock (UALR) and her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University. She has a strong passion in healthcare and has worked professionally in the industry in various capacities for over 17 years.

 

 

References

 

Ben-Assuli, O., Shabtai, I., & Leshno, M. (2013). The impact of EHR and HIE on reducing avoidable admissions: controlling main differential diagnoses. BMC medical informatics and decision making, 13, 49. doi:10.1186/1472-6947-13-49

Evidence Based Models (Supporting System of Care at the community level)

https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/PEP18-CMHI2016/PEP18-CMHI2016.pdf

Evidence Based Models (Supporting Community Based Programs and Services) according to: Http://ww.samsha.gov

Treatment Solutions; An American Addition Centers Resource https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/programs_campaigns/nitt-ta/2015-report-to- congress.pdf

Evidence Based Intervention and Treatment (supporting ER Diversion Programs) https://behavioraltech.org/resources/faqs/dialectical-behavior-therapy-dbt/ http://psycnet.apa.org/buy/2011-04924-014Short-term treatment interventions:https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.79.7.843

Naylor Model

Clinical Evidence/guidelines:

Evidence Based Models (Supporting Care Transition Methodologies) and evidence-supported CCM

 

  1. Care Transitions Intervention (Coleman)
  2. Transitional Care Model (Naylor)
  3. Bridge Program
  4. Project Boost (Better outcomes for Older Adults through Safe Transitions
  5. Grace (Geriatric Resources)
  6. Guided Care
  7. Project Red
  8. Chronic Care Model

 

*Evidence based models according to:  http://www.aoa.gov

Janakiraman, Ramkumar and Park, Eunho and Demirezen, Emre and Kumar, Subodha, The Effects of Health Information Exchange Access on Healthcare Quality and Efficiency: An Empirical Investigation (February 10, 2017). Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2915190. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2915190 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2915190

K.M. Unertl, K.B. Johnson, N.M. Lorenzi Health information exchange technology on the front lines of healthcare: workflow factors and patterns of use

J. Am. Med. Inform. Assoc., 19 (3) (2012), pp. 392-400

Post date: 2019-02-07T13:00:39-06:00

 

Can you believe another year has come and gone? 2018 was an interesting year in the health care space. It was full of changing policy decisions and technology innovations that will surely impact our health care system for years to come. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going on nine years, much attention has been drawn to healthcare quality improvement by payers, clinicians and consumers alike. The level of buy-in across industry stakeholders highlights the importance of quality improvement efforts in health care. Escalating healthcare costs and a higher-than-ever number of insured Americans have also heightened the need for better quality. Today, a great deal of research around patient outcomes and safety, care coordination, efficiency, and cost cutting is underway. Additionally, care redesign initiatives are being evaluated to guide future healthcare quality improvements.

Despite the aforementioned progress, a great deal of work lies ahead. This year the Arkansas Association of Healthcare Quality will try to educate and bring resources to you on the several areas where disparities and gaps in quality still exist. The development of special efforts is underway to address them for a late Spring Workshop for a hands-on approach in bringing in resources to your hospital, clinic, LTPAC facility that will elevate healthcare quality initiatives in your organizations. For instance, only 70 percent of people with high blood pressure are receiving the recommended level of care. Further, disparities in two areas – hospice care and chronic disease management – increased, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. With the late Spring Workshop, AAHQ bring a hands on approach to tackling many initiatives that are taking place in 2019 and beyond at the Arkansas Hospital Association in Little Rock, Arkansas. Date TBA soon, keep a look out on our website and your email!

View the full Winter Newsletter here.

Post date: 2019-02-05T08:41:40-06:00

 

SHARE is now collaborating with UAMS East Family Medicine Center that provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also ongoing treatment for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and health coaching. They cover all stages of life from pediatric conditions to diabetes education.

The clinic provides convenient diagnostic and support services on site and also are able to perform minor office surgical procedures in clinic as well as offer routine adult and pediatric immunizations. Their caring and compassionate staff serves an 7-county region in the Arkansas Delta.

The data exchange services will also give UAMS East Family Medicine Center in seven counties in the Arkansas Delta, secure access to important information such as lab results, updated patient records and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible through the integration with their electronic medical record (EMR). Together, SHARE and UAMS East Family Medicine Center are working to change health care for the better for the residents of the Arkansas Delta. The clinic is also affiliated with the UAMS Medical Center and clinics.

About UAMS East Family Medicine Center:

UAMS East serves a 7-county region in the Arkansas Delta with offices in Helena, West Memphis and Lake Village.  The 5,400 square foot family medical clinic is now open to meet the growing health care needs of the Delta. The new family clinic is home to a team of physicians, nurses and other health care providers dedicated to providing the most up-to-date treatments and the best in personalized care. The new family clinic features eight examining rooms, lab services, patient care and education, diabetes education by a certified diabetes instructor, a registered dietician, immunizations, health coaching, fitness training and telemedicine.

Learn more about them here.

Post date: 2019-01-31T09:29:34-06:00

 

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that was signed into law in 2015.   As providers prepare to participate in the full MIPS track, they will need to improve their chances of a high score in the four performance categories of Quality, Cost, Improvement Activities and Advancing Care Information. Participating in the SHARE health information exchange can help with Advancing Care Information (ACI), which replaces Meaningful Use for Medicare participants, and Improvement Activities.

 

Increase your ACI category score:

 Join SHARE and send your data to the state’s immunization registry, which can help you earn the full 10% for this performance measure. The immunization registry reporting measure is the only yes/no performance score measure.   Measure description: The MIPS-eligible clinician is in active engagement with a public health agency to submit immunization data and receive immunization forecasts and histories from the public health immunization registry/immunization information system (IIS).

Increase Improvement Activities Score:

Send care summaries, or continuity of care documents (CCDs), into the SHARE health information exchange, which counts as medium weight activity for the Improvement activities category (small practices need 2 medium-weighted activities or 1 high-weighted activity). You can also sign up with Direct Messaging from SHARE to send care summaries as part of referrals to other Direct-enabled providers.    

Measure description: The MIPS-eligible clinician that transitions or refers their patient to another setting of care or health care clinician (1) uses CEHRT to create a summary of care record; and (2) electronically transmits the summary to a receiving health care clinician for at least one transition of care or referral.

Increase providers' cost category score:

Join SHARE and receive clinical results on your patients to improve your overall costs and utilization by educating patients on hospital utilization. (The cost category will measure the Medicare Part A and Part B costs of care related to inpatient hospital visits.) The weight of the cost category will account for 10% of overall MIPS score, so getting started now will be important to prepare for this shift. 

Post date: 2019-01-29T16:08:54-06:00

 

Finnegan is one of the oldest & most-trusted Arkansas DME companies. By further expanding its interoperability with using SHARE (Arkansas’ only Statewide HIE), Finnegan Health Services is using SHARE to access a patient’s DME orders and results, especially from large enterprise healthcare systems. SHARE is providing the ability to securely share accurate patient health information with Finnegan Health Services, which can help to improve the speed, safety and quality of patient care while potentially cutting costs and time.

By utilizing SHARE, Finnegan Health Services will be able to enhance the way they provide quality medical products ordered by health care providers while improving patient care and enhancing the quality of peoples’ lives. Although Finnegan will not be able to push their patient’s health records into SHARE, they will be able to use the Virtual Health Record (VHR) to view a patients’ health record and get a more complete picture of their health from participating hospitals providers involved in their patients’ care. By also using SHARE Secure Messaging, Finnegan Health Services will be able to share clinical information— such as diabetic supplies prescriptions filled, urinary supplies prescriptions filled, wound care prescription supplies filled, etc. —through secure, encrypted email exchange with other providers. Most importantly, other providers can send Finnegan Health Services referrals securely and instantly that assist with transitions of care. They have been serving Arkansas and beyond since 1984.

About Finnegan Health Services:

Finnegan Health Services is the largest and oldest family owned durable medical equipment provider in Arkansas. We specialize in incontinence, urinary, and diabetic supplies. Finnegan Offers a Wide Variety of Medical Supply Products, Including, But Not Limited to:

  • Incontinence Supplies: Child & adult diapers, pull-ups, pads, underpads/chux, wipes & gloves
  • Urinary Supplies: Catheters, Foley catheters & drainage bags, condom catheters
  • Diabetic Supplies: Testing supplies for diabetes & gestational diabetes
  • Nutritional & Tube Feeding Supplies:  Simply Thick® food thickeners, pudding & formula
  • Bathroom Safety Equipment: Shower & commode chairs, transfer benches & sprayers
  • Respiratory & Tracheostomy Supplies: AeroChambers® & peak flow meters
  • Wound Care Supplies: Basic & specialty dressings, including foam & hydrocolloid

For more information, visit: https://finneganhealth.com

Post date: 2019-01-29T15:26:37-06:00

 

SHARE is now collaborating with UAMS North Central Family Medicine Center that provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. They offer treatment for acute medical conditions but also ongoing treatment for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. They cover all stages of life from pediatric conditions to senior health care.

The clinic provides convenient diagnostic and support services on site and also are able to perform minor office surgical procedures in clinic as well as offer routine adult and pediatric immunizations. Their caring and compassionate staff serves an 11-county region that includes: Marion, Baxter, Fulton, Sharp, Searcy, Van Buren, Stone, Cleburne, Izard, Independence and White.

The data exchange services will also give UAMS North Central Family Medicine Center in eleven counties in Northern and North Central Arkansas, secure access to important information such as lab results, updated patient records and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible than with paper files. Together, SHARE and UAMS North Central Family Medicine Center are working to change health care for the better for the residents of Northern and North Central Arkansas. The UAMS North Central Family Medicine Center is affiliated with White River Medical Center, which is also connected to SHARE. The clinic is also affiliated with the UAMS Medical Center and clinics.

About UAMS North Central Family Medicine Center:

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences North Central (UAMS North Central) is an outreach of the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS), serving Marion, Baxter, Fulton, Sharp, Searcy, Van Buren, Stone, Cleburne, Izard, Independence, and White counties. UAMS North Central has been a part of the statewide UAMS Regional Campuses since 2007, provides clinical care, health education services, and training for medical residents in primary care. The UAMS North Central mission is to improve the health of Arkansans by training health professionals and delivering patient-centered care in an eleven county area of north-central Arkansas. UAMS North Central opened the UAMS Family Medical Center in August 2018. The Family Medical Center has 24 exam rooms and multiple areas for team-based care, which includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other clinical professionals. The UAMS Family Medicine Residency Program in Batesville plans to receive our first residents in July 2019. The program will admit six residents per year until reaching a total of 18 residents in 2021. UAMS North Central was established by the Arkansas legislature in cooperation with UAMS in 2007. The center works in partnership with the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and Arkansas State University at Mountain Home. Each college continues to house several UAMS degree programs. In addition to its partnership with the local colleges, UAMS North Central works closely with the White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Learn more about UAMS North Central Family Medicine Center at: http://uamsfamilymedcenters.com/

Post date: 2018-11-30T13:27:48-06:00

 

SHARE is now sending real-time event notifications to over 50 Arkansas Hospitals on their patients that have been readmitted to another facility within 30 days.

  • Assisting in Lowering Readmission Rates
  • Identifying High Risk Patients
  • Assisting in Lowering Potential Payment Penalties

Little Rock, Arkansas – November, 2018   The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is now sending 30-day readmission notifications in real-time across the State to assist hospitals in combatting readmissions. The 30-day readmission notification project allows hospitals to receive a secure message notification when a patient that discharged from their facility, was readmitted into any SHARE participating hospital within a 30-day timeframe. This assists hospitals in lowering readmissions, identifying high risk patients which in turn could lover their potential payment penalties.

In order for a hospital to participate and receive 30-day readmission notifications they must send ADT (Admit, Discharge and Transfer) data to SHARE.  SHARE uses very specific message types in order for the facility to receive the information they want without a lot of outliers. 

ADT notifications are a way to ensure hospitals and providers have the information necessary to navigate occasionally rocky transitions of care and stay up-to-date on a patient’s status for post-hospital follow-up, if needed.

By keeping hospitals and providers aware of a patient’s condition as they move across the continuum of care, SHARE can enable better informed clinical decisions, reduce costs related to readmissions, and address potential health concerns or threats to patient safety as soon as possible.   Gaining access to clinical patient data at discharge via SHARE has the potential to reduce 30-day same-cause hospital readmissions and furthermore avert the potential costs of readmissions.

If your hospital is interested in receiving 30-day readmissions on your patients, contact SHARE today. 

About State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE):

SHARE’s Mission is to advance secure connectivity and serve as a sustainable, interoperable data exchange platform for health-related operations.

SHARE’s Vision is to provide a mechanism through which individuals, health care providers, and health organizations can electronically share health-related information to facilitate and strengthen the delivery of healthcare throughout Arkansas. This is designed to lead to improved patient care, informed individual health decisions, better public health outcomes, and cost-effective use of healthcare resources. SHARE is expected to achieve broad acceptance, credibility, and access by employing advanced technologies that ensure efficiency, privacy, and security and continuously evolve to serve Arkansans more effectively.

Post date: 2018-11-15T14:55:04-06:00

Did you know that over 60 million Americans live in rural and frontier communities? Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, but these communities also have unique healthcare needs, which is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural sets aside the third Thursday of every November – November 15, 2018 to celebrate National Rural Health Day!

SHARE is now collaborating with medical and dental clinics at Boston Mountain Rural Health Centers in Northern and Northwest Arkansas.  SHARE is providing access to daily reports when their patients are admitted and discharged from the Emergency Room and Inpatient Encounter Discharges in the last 24 hours.

Boston Mountain Rural Health Centers offer comprehensive medical services to ensure patients receive all the medical services needed. They offer a number of diagnostic tests and services within their medical clinics in Marshall, Clinton, Southside (Bee Branch), Center Ridge, Yellville, Mountain View, Huntsville, Green Forest, Jasper, and Deer, Arkansas.

Boston Mountain Rural Health Centers includes over 36 primary care, behavioral health, dentistry and specialty providers with offices in eight counties in Northern and Northwest Arkansas. The data exchange services from SHARE will provide secure access to important information such as lab results, updated patient records and demographic information. This ensures every care provider in a patient’s chain of care has consistent and current information, and that their records are more secure and accessible than with paper files. Together, SHARE and Boston Mountain Rural Health Centers are working to change health care to better serve the residents of Northern and Northwest Arkansas.

On-site services include:

  • Preventative, acute, chronic, episodic for adults and pediatrics
  • X-rays (can also refer out)
  • Lab drawing services (can also refer out)
  • Pulmonary function testing (spirometry) to measure how well the lungs take in and release air
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) to check for problems with the electrical activity of your heart
  • Diabetes education
  • Health screenings, education, and prevention
  • Annual physicals for adults and children
  • School and sports physicals
  • Minor surgery to remove lumps and moles
  • Stitches for cuts
  • Wellness visits and case management
  • Referral to specialty care
  • Prescription medication assistance
  • Assistance in applying for insurance
  • Chronic case management
  • Food bags
  • Wellness centers
  • Children’s immunizations
  • Adult vaccines (flu, pneumonia)

Special areas of medical expertise include:

  • Family Practice
  • Women’s Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Dentistry
  • Diabetes Self-Management
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse

About Boston Mountain Rural Health Center:

Established in 1994, Boston Mountain Rural Health Center (BMRHC) is a family and community health center with ten medical clinics and four dental clinics located in medically underserved areas of Northwest and North Central Arkansas. They offer a wide range of services for insured, uninsured, and underinsured patients. The highly trained doctors, dentists, and healthcare professionals at BMRHC are committed to providing comprehensive medical and dental services to all Arkansas residents in the following counties regardless of their ability to pay: Searcy, Van Buren, Madison, Newton, Carroll, Marion, Stone, and Conway.

If a patient cannot pay for health services, BMRHC offers a discounted fee program for patients that qualify. In addition, BMRHC prescription medication assistance programs can help their patients obtain the medicine they need at a price they can afford. At BMRHC, it is their mission to provide high quality, accessible, affordable, patient-centered health care to improve the well-being of patients in the communities they serve. Make them your patient-centered medical home today. To schedule an appointment, call the location you wish to visit or request an appointment onlineThey also offer translation services for 36 languages.

For more information, visit: https://www.bmrhc.net/

 

 

 

 

 

Post date: 2018-11-15T09:06:06-06:00

SHARE is now sharing patients results with MHC in a phased approach.

  • Phase I: Admission, Discharge and Transfers (ADT) notifications are sent based on the patient’s home of record for all Mercy Hospitals in Arkansas (7 Hospitals) and Missouri (14 Hospitals)
  • Phase II: Connect Mercy hospitals and clinics to SHARE sending Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
  • Phase III: Seamlessly deliver patient health information (Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports and Transcribed Documents) across each state’s boarder based on the patient’s home of record

Little Rock, Arkansas – November, 2018 The only statewide HIE in Arkansas, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is now connected to Missouri Health Connection (MHC) exchanging admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) notifications for patients who live in either state during a phased approach of connection.

This landmark announcement comes after the two health information exchanges are successfully exchanging ADTs with all Mercy Hospitals in Arkansas and Missouri. This is an important achievement to the benefit of patients in both states. It is a great milestone for both SHARE and MHC and we’re happy to implement a solution that allows healthcare providers and hospitals to connect across state borders and SHARE patient results in a HIPAA compliant, secure environment, says Angie Bass, President and CEO, MHC.

By connecting with our border state, Missouri Health Connection will help to improve transitions of care (TOC) for patients who cross the state line. Our collaboration as neighboring states will help providers and hospitals better communicate with one another to better coordinate patient care, and assist in reduction of readmission rates regardless of state borders.

Natural disasters, like tornados in Arkansas and Missouri, present challenges to health systems and providers not only in areas directly impacted, but also to those in neighboring regions who treat patients displaced by the catastrophe. One of the greatest issues: access to patient records. With proper connections, Health Information Exchanges play key role in transmitting patient data. With this connection, both HIE’s will be able to seamlessly deliver patient health information (CCDs, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports and Transcribed Documents) across each state’s boarder based on the patient’s home of record.

As the healthcare landscape continues to transform, HIEs may play a key role in providing data that fuels innovation. SHARE and MHC are working together to contribute to these innovation efforts such as population health initiatives, identifying potential social determinants of health, potential natural disasters and assisting with payer relations, among other efforts, says Anne Santifer, Executive Director, SHARE.

About State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE):

SHARE’s Mission is to advance secure connectivity and serve as a sustainable, interoperable data exchange platform for health-related operations.

SHARE’s Vision is to provide a mechanism through which individuals, health care providers, and health organizations can electronically share health-related information to facilitate and strengthen the delivery of healthcare throughout Arkansas. This is designed to lead to improved patient care, informed individual health decisions, better public health outcomes, and cost-effective use of healthcare resources. SHARE is expected to achieve broad acceptance, credibility, and access by employing advanced technologies that ensure efficiency, privacy, and security and continuously evolve to serve Arkansans more effectively.

For more information, visit:  SHAREarkansas.com

 

 

 

 

About Missouri Health Connection (MHC):

MHC, a private, non-profit, statewide health information exchange network, is one of the largest HIE’s in the United States that provides a secure and private electronic platform to electronically share health information.  Since January 2014, the MHC network has been providing the electronic exchange of health records enabling physicians to quickly and securely access patient health records while treating their patients which has improved the quality of health care delivery by coordinating care, reducing preventable errors and avoiding treatment duplication.  MHC’s network includes more than 109 hospitals, hundreds of clinics and more than 7,000 physicians treating more than 15 million patients.

For more information, visit:  https://missourihealthconnection.org

Post date: 2018-10-30T09:46:22-05:00

 

Transitions of care (TOC) refers to the movement of patients between healthcare providers, settings and home as their condition and care needs change. The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is Arkansas’ only statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). Connecting to HIE’s like SHARE can enable providers to work as a team by having consistent up to date information during transitions of care of their patient population.

1. Access to a more complete health record

HIE’s are connected to many other local and national healthcare providers. Being connected to SHARE can allow real time updates on patients that receive care at another hospital or clinic connected to SHARE. Currently SHARE is connected to over 1,500 Arkansas Hospitals and Practices, over 90 Hospitals in Missouri and Oklahoma, and 24 HIE’s across the US.

 

 

2. Reduce readmission rates

Connecting to HIE’s can allow hospitals to track patients and eliminate any miscommunication that may occur during transitions of care. SHARE offers 30-day readmission notifications which allow hospitals to receive a secure message when a patient that discharges from their facility, was readmitted into any SHARE participating hospital within a 30-day timeframe.

3. Receive patient information in real time

No more time consuming phone calls to other physicians or waiting on a fax. You can send patient information in real time using SHARE. HIE data is digitally shared, meaning that the most up to date information is available as soon as it is uploaded. This contributes to the timeliness of the information needed during transitions of care.

 

 

4. Send and receive information using a secure network

 

SHARE complies with all Federal and state privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) and the Arkansas Personal Information Protections Act, which are designed to protect information. Providers can ensure their patients privacy when sending and receiving critical data needed during the transitions of care process.

 

5. Eliminate the hassle and cost of transporting medical records

 

HIE’s take some of the burden off providers having to send patient information through mail, courier or fax. Using HIE’s like SHARE enables providers to view all of their patient’s information in the same place without sifting through piles of paperwork or logging into multiple hospitals or provider systems. Healthcare providers can query SHARE and pull up patient records into their local electronic medical records (EMR) system via a Continuity of Care Document (CCD).

Post date: 2018-10-29T15:32:11-05:00

 

On Friday October 19, 2019 SHARE attended and exhibited to 178 provider practices in Benton, Arkansas.  Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. CPC+ is a national advanced primary care medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation.

CPC+ includes two primary care practice tracks with advanced care delivery requirements and payment options to meet the diverse needs of primary care practices in the United States (U.S..). CPC+ includes two primary care practice tracks with advanced care delivery requirements and payment options to meet the diverse needs of primary care practices in the United States (U.S..). The care delivery redesign ensures practices in each track have the setup to deliver better care to result in a healthier patient population.

 The multi-payer payment redesign gives practices greater financial resources and flexibility to make appropriate investments to improve the quality and efficiency of care, and reduce unnecessary health care utilization. CPC+ provides practices with a robust learning system, as well as actionable patient-level cost and utilization data feedback, to guide their decision making. 

Providers and care coordinators in the program can use the Health Information Exchange (HIE)  to be notified in the last 24 hours of when their Medicare patients have been admitted/discharged from the emergency department (ED) and inpatient discharged in real-time, see more here : http://sharearkansas.com/providers/comprehensive-primary-care-plus-cpc.

 

There are 2,900 primary care practices currently participating in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) in 18 regions: Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Greater Kansas City Region of Kansas and Missouri, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Greater Buffalo Region of New York, North Hudson-Capital Region of New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Northern Kentucky Region, Oklahoma, Oregon, Greater Philadelphia Region of Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. (List)

See more here about CPC+ initiative: https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Comprehensive-Primary-Care-Plus/

Post date: 2018-10-25T15:25:16-05:00

 

The OCH Health System is a regional safety-net healthcare provider serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Ozarks. The Hospital is located in Gravette, Arkansas, and clinics located in Missouri and Oklahoma is dedicated to providing advanced healthcare in Northwest Arkansas, West Oklahoma and Missouri through inpatient and outpatient services as well as community outreach. OCH Health System provides acute inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care services, behavioral health, cancer, cardiac, emergency, neurology, respiratory, recuperative, and women's health care; and nutrition counseling, pain management, pediatrics, radiology, surgery, therapy, rehabilitation, urology, weight reduction, wound healing, and mammography services, as well as services for ear, nose, and throat problems.

The following Hospital and Clinics are integrating with SHARE to exchange Continuity of Care (CCDs) to improve transitions of care and improve the quality of care they provide.

Rural Locations

Urban Locations


About OCH of Gravette

At the OCH Health System, they take pride in standing out. They are simply not a traditional healthcare system, here’s why:

They care. They are an organization that takes pride in what they do, how they do it, and who they serve. They are dedicated to providing care to a high percentage of governmental and uninsured patients and strongly believe in helping the underserved.

Their culture is contagious. Patients who have only visited them once can immediately feel how the OCH Health System is unique. Their hospital staff treats patients like patients, not like numbers in a system. At the OCH Health System, every employee is member of their hospital family and they work hard to extend that relationship to every patient who walks through their door.

Learn more about OCH of Gravette here: http://www.ocholine.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post date: 2018-10-23T08:25:38-05:00

 

The pace of change in healthcare is rapid, and even more far reaching change may be on the way.  Washington Regional realizes the importance of exceeding expectations for comprehensive healthcare services from birth through end of life care.  Every plan they make, every action they implement, is driven by the desire for quality and is focused on the following central beliefs:

  • Providing outstanding clinical quality
  • Being good financial stewards
  • Providing a rewarding place for our employees to work
  • Building, nurturing and preserving a strong partnership with the physician community

A vital component in Washington Regional’s quest for quality is the constant investment in their people, facilities, and technologies. Washington Regional believes that the best outcomes for their patients can be achieved when they coordinate care across a broad scale, from clinics and hospitals to home care, rehabilitation, social services, and pharmacy services.  Quality is their passion and energies will remain dedicated to it. If there is a constant in healthcare, it is change.  They are proud of the ability to adapt in a way that benefits their patients.

Washington Regional’s Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

Washington Regional is committed to improving the health of people in communities they serve through compassionate, high quality care, prevention and wellness education.

Vision

To be the leading healthcare system in Northwest Arkansas --- the best place to receive care and the best place to give care.

Values

To treat others – patients and their families, visitors, physicians, and each other – as we would want to be treated.

 

Learn more about Washington Regional at: https://www.wregional.com/main/about-us.aspx

 

Post date: 2018-10-03T11:21:30-05:00

 

SHARE Value/Benefit to Hospitals

  • The hospital referral network is able to securely communicate between providers using SHAREs Direct Trust Secure Messaging to send Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs).

 

  • Hospitals use SHARE to send Immunizations, Syndromic Surveillance Data, Electronic Laboratory Reporting, Cancer Reporting to Arkansas Department of Health which assists with Interoperability Program Public Health Objective 6 (listed below). This allows hospitals to meet this objective and be eligible to receive $63,750 in total per Medicaid Eligible Professional (EP) or $43,480 in total per Medicare EP (depending on patient population) in 2018.

 

  • SHARE assists hospitals in meeting Health Information Exchange Interoperability Program Objective 5 (listed below) by providing a summary of care record (CCD) for hospital transition of care (TOC) or referral. This allows hospitals to meet this objective and be eligible to receive $63,750 in total per Medicaid EP or $43,480 in total per Medicare EP (depending on patient population) in 2018.

 

  • Hospital referral clinics connected to SHARE are able to see the longitudinal record of a patient that was seen by other facilities throughout the State.

 

  • Hospital providers are able to access a patient record through the Virtual Health record to view patient summaries and results (query based exchange) or query SHARE for your patients results- CCDs (Query and Response using xds.b or xca protocol).

 

  • Clinics throughout the State will receive a daily report from SHARE connected hospitals. The clinics participating in Arkansas Medicaid Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) receive daily reports when a patient is admitted and discharged from the Emergency Departments and/or an Inpatient admission. These daily reports are sent in real-time to clinic care coordinators in their email.

 

Data Types Sent/Receive: CCDs, Admission, Discharge and Transfers (ADT), Radiology Reports, Transcribed Documents, Laboratory Reports and Immunizations

 

SHARE Sending to Referral Partners: SHARE receives CCD/HL-7 messages from hospitals. CCD/HL-7 messages include ADT’s, Radiology Reports, Laboratory Reports, and Transcribed Documents. Transcribed documents include discharge summaries and progress notes and other reports that supports clinics around Arkansas.

Hospital Objectives and Measures for 2018

Updated: June 2018

 

Stages of Promoting Interoperability Programs: First Year Demonstrating Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Promoting Interoperability Programs (formally named the EHR Incentive Programs) in 2011 to encourage eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to adopt, implement, upgrade and successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).

NOTE: The last year an EP, eligible hospital, or CAH could begin receiving Medicare incentive payments was 2015. The last year an EP, eligible hospital, or CAH could begin receiving Medicaid incentive payments was 2016. In 2016, Section 602 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 added subsection (d) hospitals in Puerto Rico as eligible hospitals under the Medicare program, and extended the participation timeline for these hospitals.

The Medicare and Medicaid PI Programs were designed to measure the use of CEHRT in three stages:

Stage 1 established requirements for the electronic capture of clinical data, including providing patients with electronic copies of health information.

Stage 2 expanded upon the Stage 1 criteria with a focus on advancing clinical processes and ensuring that the meaningful use of EHRs supported the aims and priorities of the National Quality Strategy. Stage 2 criteria encouraged use of CEHRT for continuous quality improvement at the point of care and the exchange of information in the most structured format possible.

In October 2015, CMS released the  Medicare and Medicaid Programs Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 final rule, which modified Stage 2 requirements to streamline reporting requirements on measures that had become redundant, duplicative, or topped out.

Stage 3 was established in 2017 as a result of the 2015 final rule and focuses on using CEHRT to improve health outcomes. The table on the next page outlines the appropriate stages of the PI Programs based on providers’ first year demonstrating meaningful use.

Post date: 2018-09-26T08:00:16-05:00

Located in Batesville, Arkansas, White River Health System is dedicated to providing advanced healthcare in North Central Arkansas through inpatient and outpatient services as well as community outreach. With two hospital campuses, one in Batesville and one in Mountain View plus outpatient care centers and clinic offices throughout the region, WRHS uses SHARE to assist in improving the quality of care for their patients.  WRHS provides acute inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care services, behavioral health, cancer, cardiac, emergency, neurology, respiratory, recuperative, and women's health care; and nutrition counseling, pain management, pediatrics, radiology, surgery, therapy, rehabilitation, urology, weight reduction, wound healing, and mammography services, as well as services for ear, nose, and throat problems.

The Following Facilities EMR/EHR Systems are connected to SHARE sending Admission, Discharge and Transfers (ADT), Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Medications, Diagnosis, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries for better coordination of care throughout nine counties in Arkansas, (Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone and parts of Cleburne, Lawrence and Van Buren).  

 

Hospitals

White River Medical Center

Stone County Medical Center

 

Provider Practices

Batesville Neurology Clinic

Batesville Oncology

Batesville Pulmonology

Cave City Medical Clinic

Diagnostic Clinic at WRMC

Drasco Medical Clinic

Melbourne Medical Clinic

Midway Medical Clinic

MPOC Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic

Newark Medical Clinic

Cedar Ridge School Based Health Center

Newport Diagnostic Medical Clinic

Pleasant Plains Medical Clinic

Stone County Medical Center

Stone County Primary Care Clinic

Strawberry Medical Clinic

The Children's Clinic 

The Women's Clinic

Tuckerman Medical Clinic

White River Diagnostic Clinic

White River Medical Center

WRHS Batesville Family Care Clinic

WRHS Batesville Pulmonology - Hospital Circle

WRHS Behavioral Health Clinic

WRHS Cardiology Associates

WRHS Emilio Tirado, M.D. Inside Mountain View Specialty Clinic

WRHS Pain Management Clinic

WRHS- Sugarloaf Medical Clinic

WRHS The Stepping Stone at White River Medical Center

WRHS White River Orthopedics and Sports Medicine ClinicLear

WRHS Wound Healing Center

WRHS Medical Complex Newport After Hours Clinic

WRMC Breast Care Center

WRMC Cancer Care Center

WRMC Cardiology

WRMC Family Practice

WRMC Family Practice (Location #2)

WRMC Grasse Memorial Clinic

WRMC Internal Medicine Clinic

WRMC Medical Complex Southside

WRMC Medical Complex-Hardy Medical Clinic

WRMC Primary Care Clinic

WRMC Rheumatology Clinic

WRMC Surgery Clinic

WRMC Surgery Clinic (Location #2)

Learn more about White River Health System at: https://www.whiteriverhealthsystem.com/

Post date: 2018-09-25T09:00:21-05:00

Piggott Community Hospital strives to maximize its technology to better serve patients. They have introduced a computerized system to insure that tests can be interpreted with results back to doctors quicker. Their partnerships with UAMS and Baptist Health of Little Rock allows them to consult with specialists through telemedicine. With specialized cameras and specially trained staff, visual evaluation of cases is possible. New methods of treatment — such as TPA for strokes — and the latest diagnostic capabilities for CT Scans with reduced radiation and sharper imaging are now available.

Piggott Community Hospital’s mission is to provide high quality, compassionate healing to the community through education, treatment and health services. 

 

Guiding Principles

  1. To serve our customers and community
  2. To provide high quality, compassionate, ethical care
  3. To value and respect co-workers
  4. To continuously improve quality and value

 

Learn More about Piggott Community Hospital: http://pch-health.com/

Post date: 2018-09-24T09:05:32-05:00

On behalf of the entire State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) team, we are proud that Saline Memorial Hospital and clinics are part of Arkansas’ only Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). At Saline Memorial Hospital, their goal is to provide patients in central Arkansas with excellent care in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Part of their care for you includes providing you with clear information.  As a 177-bed hospital, Saline Memorial Hospital offers a wide variety of health care services. One of their main goals is to ensure quality health care is convenient and accessible to their community. Saline Memorial Hospital firmly believes that you don’t have to drive to a bigger city to find better care. At Saline Memorial Hospital, you’ll find the best services and some of the best physicians right in Saline County. Saline Memorial Hospital continues to expand and develop new services to meet the needs of their community.

The following Saline Memorial Hospital facilities/clinics are also connected to SHARE sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) information, Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, Discharge Summaries, Vitals, Allergies, Diagnosis and Conditions of their patients in coordination of transitions of care.

  • Brizzolara Urology and Associates
  • Bryant Medical Clinic
  • Central Arkansas Cardiology Associates
  • Central Arkansas Family Practice
  • Central Arkansas Spine Specialists
  • Central Arkansas Women's Group – Benton
  • Central Arkansas Women’s Group – Bryant
  • Saline Physicians Services
  • Saline Memorial After Hours Clinic
  • Saline Internal Medicine Associates
  • Saline Memorial Breast Imaging Center
  • Saline Memorial Wound Healing Center
  • Saline Memorial Hospice
  • Saline Memorial Podiatry
  • Saline Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Saline Memorial Home Health
  • Saline Memorial Surgical Weight Loss Center
  • Saline Memorial Sleep Center
  • Saline Memorial Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Saline Memorial Ambulance Service
  • Saline Memorial Behavioral Health: Adult & Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Saline Surgical Associates
  • Saline Surgical Associates - (El Dorado)
  • Saline Surgical Associates - (Little Rock)
  • Saline Surgical Associates - (Russellville)

About Saline Memorial Hospital

Saline Memorial Hospital is proud to serve Saline County and they are especially proud of their incredible team. At SMH, you’ll find some of the best doctors, nurses and health care professionals in Arkansas. You’ll also find advanced services and strategic partnerships conveniently close to home. 

Mission, Vision, Values

Mission:

Always exceed patient expectations by displaying compassion and commitment to performance excellence.

Vision:

Remain the preferred health care provider for Saline County and surrounding areas by developing new services and creating ways to make quality health care convenient.

Values:

Performance Excellence, Compassionate Care, Integrity and Diversity.

 Learn more about Saline Memorial Hospital at: http://www.salinememorial.org/about_us.aspx

Post date: 2018-09-21T08:00:41-05:00

SHARE is now collaborating with Summit Community Care BH PASSE (Provider-owned Arkansas Shared Saving Entity) in providing access to daily reports for Medicaid eligible residents of Arkansas when those patients are admitted and discharged from the Emergency Room and Inpatient Encounter Discharges in the last 24 hours.  Summit Community Care is a joint venture formed between the Arkansas Provider Coalition, LLC (APC) and Anthem Partnership Holding Company, LLC (Anthem). This collaboration joins APC’s local experience in serving Arkansans across the state with Anthem’s Medicaid programs and tools from across the nation. Together, SHARE is assisting to change health care for the better for the residents of Arkansas. 

The Arkansas Provider Coalition

Formed in early 2017 to build one of Arkansas’ provider-owned and run managed care organization, the APC consists of 70 provider groups. They have come together, bringing the skills and compassion providers have developed serving Arkansas’ most vulnerable residents. Many of Summit Community Care’s investors are not-for-profit groups and members of the APC. They have served Arkansans with behavioral health needs such as depression and substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities for decades. The APC is committed to offering a provider-led, person-centered spectrum of care across the state.

Learn more about The Arkansas Provider Coalition at: https://www.arkansasprovidercoalition.com/site/

Anthem Partnership Holding Company, LLC

Anthem Partnership Holding Company, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc.

With over 74 million served by its affiliated companies, including more than 40 million within its family of health plans, Anthem is one of the nation’s leading health care companies. Their programs are tailored to help assure members’ have access to complete, integrated and patient-centered care. Their ongoing outreach encourages members to take an active part in their health care.

Learn more about Anthem at: https://www.antheminc.com/AboutAnthemInc/index.htm

The Summit Community Care BH PASSE Commitment

Using the combined strengths of its partners Summit Community Care has the ability to offer Arkansas health care solutions that will bring positive health results and savings through focus on quality care and program integrity.

Take a look at the Arkansas agencies and practitioners who have joined the APC and helped launch Summit Community Care. Together, these organizations are working to change health care for the better for the residents of Arkansas.

  1. Abilities Unlimited of Hot Springs, Inc.
  2. Abilities Unlimited of Jonesboro, Inc.
  3. Advantages of Southeast Arkansas, Inc.
  4. Arkansas Counseling and Psychodiagnostics, Inc.
  5. Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled
  6. BHC Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, Inc.
  7. Birch Tree Communities, Inc.
  8. Boone Co. Special Services
  9. Building Bridges Developmental and Community Services, Inc.
  10. Centers for Youth and Families
  11. Charles Corey Scott, MD
  12. Civitan Services
  13. Community School of Cleburne County, Inc.
  14. Counseling Associates, Inc.
  15. Counseling Clinic, Inc.
  16. Delta Counseling Associates, Inc.
  17. Easter Seals of Arkansas
  18. Evergreen Life Services
  19. Finnegan Health Services
  20. First Step, Inc.
  21. Focus, Inc.
  22. Franklin County Learning Center, Inc.
  23. Friendship Community Care
  24. Genoa Healthcare
  25. Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
  26. Group Living, Inc.
  27. Harbor House, Inc.
  28. Howard County Children's Center
  29. Independent Living, Inc.
  30. Integrity, Inc.
  31. Jenkins Memorial Center & Jenkins Industries, Inc.
  32. Jodie Partridge Center
  33. Lawrence County Cooperative School, Inc.
  34. Life Strategies of Arkansas
  35. Life Styles, Inc.
  36. Little Rock Community Mental Health
  37. Mid-South Health Systems, Inc.
  38. Milestones Services, Inc.
  39. Network of Community Options, Inc.
  40. Omega Home, Inc.
  41. Ouachita Behavioral Health and Wellness
  42. Ouachita Enrichment Centers, Inc.
  43. Ozark Guidance Center, Inc.
  44. Pathfinder, Inc.
  45. PNC, Inc.
  46. Polk County Developmental Centers, Inc.
  47. Quapaw House, Inc.
  48. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc.
  49. Recovery Centers of Arkansas
  50. South Arkansas Developmental Center for Children & Families
  51. South Arkansas Regional Health Center
  52. Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System, Inc.
  53. Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center, Inc.
  54. St. Francis Area Developmental Center
  55. Stepping Stone School for Exceptional Children
  56. Sunshine School & Development Center
  57. The BridgeWay, LLC
  58. The Doni Martin Center for Developmental Services, Inc.
  59. The Learning Center of North Arkansas
  60. Treatment Homes, Inc.
  61. UHS of Benton, LLC
  62. UHS of Springwoods, LLC
  63. United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas, Inc.
  64. United Methodist Behavioral Health System, Inc.
  65. Western Arkansas Counseling & Guidance Center
  66. Woodridge of Forrest City, LLC
  67. Woodridge of West Memphis, LLC
  68. Youth Bridge, Inc.
  69. Youth Home, Inc.

Post date: 2018-09-14T09:07:02-05:00

On September 14, 2018 The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), attends the 2018 Fall Arkansas Association for Healthcare Quality (AAHQ) Educational Conference, held at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The mission of AAHQ is to promote and improve healthcare quality and patient safety in Arkansas and encourage professional growth. Founded in 1982, AAHQ works to emphasize the significant contribution of quality in the healthcare arena, increase the diversity of the profession, and enhance the leadership skills of tomorrow’s role models.

The 2018 fall conference will focus on improving clinically integrated networks and patient satisfaction throughout Arkansas. Participants will gain information on how to identify barriers and challenges that exist when implementing clinically integrated networks and identify outcomes and next steps after local implementation. Other topics include transitions of care, understanding Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), public reporting and participation in the Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN).

Anne Santifer, HIT Director of SHARE explains how to maximize the connection to SHARE while improving interoperability in Arkansas. SHARE staff (Adrian Jones, Michelle Justus and Justin Villines) will also host an exhibit, informing participants about how SHARE services can benefit Arkansas hospitals, practices, and patients. 

Liz Jazwiec, RN, internationally renowned speaker, strategist and author is the keynote speaker for this conference. Other speakers include; Dr. Andrea Read, DO., Bruce Shepard, MBA.,Amy Stephenson, MSN., MHA., RN., CCM., Brandi Mikesell,MA., Jeannie Atkinson, ACO Coordinator and Pete Atkinson, SAMA Administrator 

About AAHQ:

AAHQ works to emphasize the significant contribution of quality in the healthcare arena, increase the diversity of the profession, and enhance the leadership skills of tomorrow’s role models. AAHQ’s intense dedication is exemplified by our unyielding pursuit for excellence, continued investment in our membership, first-class educational programs, and enthusiastic promotion of professional certification, Certified Profession in Healthcare Quality. It is with great pride that they invite Arkansas residents to join their organization and encourage them to capitalize on their vast pool of resources and stay informed about critical issues facing the healthcare quality community.

Learn more about AAHQ at: http://www.arkahq.org/

Post date: 2018-09-12T11:44:52-05:00

 

SHARE is now collaborating with Arkansas Total Care BH PASSE (Provider-owned Arkansas Shared Saving Entity) in providing access to daily reports for Medicaid eligible residents of Arkansas when those patients are admitted and discharged from the Emergency Room and Inpatient Encounter Discharges in the last 24 hours. At Arkansas Total Care, they are driven by a singular purpose, to transform the health of the community one person at a time. The experience their PASSE Partners bring offers a person-centered approach, designed to address whole-life needs, not just medical needs and SHARE is now assisting with this approach. By collaborating with the individuals they support, along with their families, caregivers, providers and guardians, their experience has demonstrated we can collectively improve quality of life of those we serve through access to community-based support, ultimately improving medical and behavioral outcomes.

PASSE PARTNERS 

Mercy Health – Mercy operates 7 acute care, specialty care and critical access hospitals in Arkansas, as well as neighboring states including Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  Mercy provides primary and physical health services as well as behavioral health and pharmacy services.

LifeShare – A licensed IDD and community-based provider in Arkansas, supporting people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and other people with complex needs.  For more than 20 years, LifeShare has created person-centered, empowering programs and now works with other providers in managed care settings to collaboratively build programs that empower the lives of the people we collectively support.

Arkansas Health & Wellness -  Arkansas Health & Wellness is operated locally.  Arkansas Health & Wellness has a history of providing products and services for under/uninsured populations, employers and the self-employed groups. Through its corporate parent Centene, Arkansas Health & Wellness also has over 30 years of experience supporting the community and those covered by Medicaid including people with IDD and Behavioral Health needs.

 

LOCAL APPROACH & PARTNERSHIPS FOR BETTER OUTCOMES 

Arkansas Total Care understands that the best support is close to home.  That’s why they are managed and staffed locally—with local participants and providers serving as our chief advisors.

Arkansas Total Care works closely with advocacy groups and providers to help them implement person-centered, outcomes based care programs, manage cost and improve the overall quality of care delivered to their participants. Their local staff helps participants access care, coordinates referrals to health and social services, and addresses participant concerns and questions.

HIGH-TOUCH INTEGRATED CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS 

When it comes to providing quality support to people who need it most, Arkansas Total Care doesn't believe in a one-size-fits-all model. They know that to best serve their participants, Arkansas Total Care need to understand them and their individual needs, with a quality-of-life focused, inclusive approach. In fact, their participants are the most important part of their own team. Their person-centered planning approach puts participants at the head of their care coordination and decisions. 

Arkansas Total Care embraces a whole-health approach to care management and service coordination. They use advanced technology to provide care teams and providers with a unified view of their participants’ medical, social and functional needs. Their integrated approach allows us to connect traditionally fragmented services while linking participants to appropriate medical and non-medical community resources.

Learn more about Arkansas Total Care at: https://www.arkansastotalcare.com/about-us.html

Post date: 2018-09-10T08:06:32-05:00

 

We are excited to announce that all of HealthStar clinics and physicians are part of SHARE. All HealthStar clinics from Hot Springs to Mena Arkansas are now sending laboratory results, immunizations, medications, allergies, radiology results, discharge summaries, progress notes, conditions and diagnosis to SHARE. Healthstar physicians and professional staff are board certified and dedicated to bring their patients the best of primary care, pediatrics, geriatrics, women’s health and psychological counseling services. HealthStar understands the importance of good health & focuses on preventive health as well as managing chronic illnesses. HealthStar has been acknowledged for outstanding service provided through humanitarian efforts to charitable clinics, public education systems, law enforcement and various benevolent organizations.

About HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs

When looking for Arkansas healthcare practice management look no further than HealthStar Physicians of Hot Springs. Healthstar was founded in 2000 and is an expanding outpatient health care system of experienced primary care and pediatric physicians organized for the sole purpose of delivering high quality clinical and social health care services. As premier Arkansas healthcare practice management, HealthStar providers and staff are highly respected and recognized as premier providers in our community.

As a premier Arkansas healthcare practice management company, our team of physicians, professional and administrative staff possess the experience necessary to provide quality healthcare and management services. For your convenience, HealthStar’s modern and innovative facilities are located in five locations including Hot Springs, Fountain Lake, Glenwood and a community based outpatient clinic for veteran patients in Mena. In addition to an Arkansas healthcare practice management company, each of our clinics utilize electronic medical records allowing us to share important medical information with outpatient facilities and specialist. Our patients are able to access their health record electronically to request appointments, medication refills and communicate with their provider & nurse or pay their bill.

HealthStar Clinics Connected to SHARE:

Learn more about HealthStar at: https://www.healthstarphysicians.com/

Post date: 2018-09-07T13:06:06-05:00

SHARE is assisting Empower PASSE (Provider- owned Arkansas Shared Saving Entity), in notifying care coordinators when they have a member that has been admitted, discharged or transferred to their local hospital in the last 24 hours by daily reports.  SHARE is sending Empower daily reports on their members to improve the coordination of care with You, your family/supports, and your providers to create a care plan to meet your care needs. Care coordination is increasingly important to Medicaid programs and has shown success in improving health outcomes of individuals while reducing costs and SHARE is assisting in notifying Empower when patients are admitted, discharged and transferred to their local hospitals.

 

About Empower:

Empower helps Arkansans with special needs live better lives and reach their full potential. We empower individuals to lead fuller, healthier lives at home and in their communities. This includes healthcare. Empower helps your doctors and other experts work together. We want you to have choices and be part of the treatment plan. If you have the best care, it is more likely you will reach your goals. As a member of Empower, you will work with a Care Coordinator who will help you with your treatment plan. Your Care Coordinator will make sure you are getting the most out of your services. This will ensure you are getting the best care.

Empower is run by six organizations working together:

  • 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.

Learn more about Empower here: https://www.getempowerhealth.com/

Post date: 2018-09-05T10:42:06-05:00

 

SHARE is assisting Forevercare PASSE (Provider-owned Arkansas Shared Saving Entity) in providing access to daily reports for Medicaid eligible residents of Arkansas when those patients are admitted and discharged from the Emergency Room and Inpatient Encounter Discharges in the last 24 hours. ForeverCare along with three other provider-led health plans, delivers access to healthcare through the PASSE model of care, which is unique to Arkansas and provides coordination of physical health, behavioral health and home and community services to vulnerable Arkansans who qualify for these services due to specific health conditions. Care coordination is increasingly important to Medicaid programs and has shown success in improving health outcomes of individuals while reducing costs and SHARE is assisting in allowing the PASSE to know when their patients are admitted, discharged and transferred to their local hospitals. ForeverCare is comprised of six partner organizations that represent over 300 years of combined experience and success in delivering high quality healthcare to deserving Arkansans.

What is a PASSE?

A PASSE is a Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity that will be certified to perform the administrative services of care coordination and claims management to support direct service providers throughout Arkansas as they care for individuals served under this program. A PASSE is owned by a group of providers that unite around a common set of principles to enhance the delivery system throughout Arkansas. This group of providers will partner with an insurance company or administrative services organization to fulfill requirements set forth by the State:

  • Ensuring every member has a medical home
  • Ensuring each member’s plan of care is being met
  • Organizing a formal network of providers
  • Ensuring every member receives the medically necessary services in his/her plan of care
  • Providing care coordination for every member
  • Sharing information and data with affiliated providers, members and family members, as appropriate
  • Reporting necessary data to ensure accountability and measure performance

ForeverCare Changing the Face of Healthcare

ForeverCare's goal is to nurture relationships where they are trusted by members and their families, caregivers, peers, providers, stakeholders, advocates, the community, and the State as a leader in administering innovative quality services while paying close attention to the responsibility of being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. The ultimate outcome of this it to improve the health and quality of life of our community and its residents.

How ForeverCare Came to Be

In an effort to improve the quality of care and spend tax dollars appropriately, Arkansas explored multiple alternatives to the current Medicaid Fee for Service model. Under Act 775, Risk Based Provider Organizations will become responsible for integrating the physical healthcare services, behavioral health services, and specialized home and community based services for a group of Medicaid recipients. This lead to the creation of PASSE (Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity) and ForeverCare.

See more about ForeverCare at: http://www.forevercare.com/About-Us

Post date: 2018-09-04T11:04:10-05:00

 

The Arkansas Children’s Care Network is working with pediatric practices across the State by improving the health of children by enabling high quality, cost-effective, and coordinated care delivered close to home. SHARE is assisting The Arkansas Children’s Care Network (ACCN) to connect to all doctors treating the same child, which includes a child’s main doctor and any specialists.  SHARE (Arkansas’ Only Statewide Health Information Exchange) is also assisting care coordinators and providers in improving following up with patients that have been admitted/discharged from the Emergency Room and Inpatient Discharges in real-time by daily reports. These daily reports are assisting in improving transitions of care as well as assisting in the quality of care our pediatric population throughout Arkansas needs and deserves.

 

About Arkansas Children’s Care Network:

The Arkansas Children’s Care Network will fundamentally transform healthcare delivery for the children of Arkansas through a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) comprised of health care professionals who provide coordinated and accountable pediatric care supported by a sustainable financial model. This network will improve quality, access, patient/family experience, and affordability of health care while also increasing physician engagement and satisfaction. ACCN will be the nation’s first statewide pediatric CIN, promoting collaboration among primary care and specialty providers who treat children across Arkansas. ACCN will enable its partners to work together in a clinically integrated manner, using common health protocols and pathways so that each child receives quality care at the most appropriate location.

See more about The Arkansas Children's Care Network at: https://www.accnconnect.org/arkansas-childrens-care-network/arkansas-childrens-care-network-home

Post date: 2018-08-28T10:11:01-05:00

19 Access Medical Clinics throughout Arkansas connects to SHARE. All clinics are sending Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, and Discharge Summaries.

About Access Medical Clinic

Access Medical Clinics are leading family practice clinics that provide a complete complement of care and treatment options for patients from Ash Flat, Marked Tree, Bono, and Black Rock, and throughout Arkansas. This dedicated team of physicians, family nurse practitioners, nurses and other healthcare providers and support staff, Access Medical Clinic is committed to helping every member of your family stay as healthy as possible at every age and every stage of life. The clinics offer an array of Medical Care Services, including routine and school physicals, Chronic Care Management, Urgent Care and Walk-ins, Medicare Annual Wellness visits, Women’s Health Services, and other Preventive Care.

Arkansas Clinics Connected to SHARE

Post date: 2018-08-24T13:10:59-05:00

 

Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale joins SHARE. Arkansas Children's Northwest, Arkansas Childen's Hospital and Arkansas Children’s primary care/specialty care clinics are sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT), Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, Continuity of Care Documents (CCD's) and Discharge Summaries.

Arkansas Children’s Northwest

The 200,000 children of Northwest Arkansas now have quick, easy access to comprehensive pediatric medical care 24/7 at Arkansas Children's Northwest (ACNW), the region’s first and only children’s hospital and pediatric emergency room. This milestone marks the first time that pediatric emergency medical services have been available where Northwest Arkansas children live, learn and play. Arkansas Children’s Northwest is designed, staffed and equipped just for children. As the region’s only comprehensive pediatric health center, Arkansas Children’s Northwest also offers families:

  • 24 inpatient rooms for overnight stays
  • A primary care clinic and a wide variety of sub-specialty services
  • A state-of-the-art pediatric surgery unit with 5 operating rooms
  • A full range of ancillary and diagnostic services, child life, social work and pastoral care programs
  • 233,613 square feet of wellness space designed to maximize children’s discovery & delight
  • Outdoor gardens, nature trails and interactive features designed specifically for children
  • A helipad and refueling station supporting Angel One, one of the nation’s leading pediatric intensive care transport services

See more about Arkansas Children’s Northwest at: www.archildrens.org/northwest-arkansas-expansion

 

About Arkansas Children’s

Children are at the center of everything we do. Arkansas Children’s is the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows our organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas.

Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) is a pediatric hospital with a level 1 trauma center, that’s located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is among the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States and serves children from birth to age 21. ACH is affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is a teaching hospital with the UAMS College of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics.

 

Arkansas Children’s is driven by four core values:  safety, teamwork, compassion and excellence. These values inform every decision and every action, from the aggressive pursuit of zero hospital infections to treating each family with dignity, kindness and concern. These core values fundamentally guide our work at Arkansas Children’s.

For more than a century, Arkansas Children’s has continuously evolved to meet the unique needs of the children of Arkansas and beyond. Today, Arkansas Children’s is more than just a hospital treating sick kids – our system includes two hospitals, a pediatric research institute, a foundation, clinics, education and outreach, all with an unyielding commitment to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.

See more about Arkansas Children’s here: https://www.archildrens.org/

Post date: 2018-08-22T11:13:57-05:00

 

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System (SMRHS) is live with SHARE, sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT), Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, Continuity of Care Documents (CCD's) and Discharge Summaries.

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System is a 170-bed full-service hospital located in Russellville, Arkansas, they provide a comprehensive range of medical services and high quality care. SMRHS is a forward thinking, innovative hospital where trust, teamwork and technology come together to make a positive difference in the health of their community and region. SMRHS Joint Commission accreditation powerfully demonstrates our commitment to meet the highest national standards for quality and safety. But our most important mission here is to serve you and your family. So we combine the medical and technological resources of a regional center for healthcare with the warm, friendly and personal touch of a caring, compassionate staff.

Hospital Information

  • 170 licensed beds
  • 625 hospital employees (900+ including off-site/contract)
  • 77 Active Physicians
  • 43 Consulting Physicians
  • Accredited by The Joint Commission
  • Millard-Henry Clinic (5 locations)
  • Valley Health Services
  • Outpatient Therapy Center
  • Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center

 

Post date: 2018-08-22T11:11:47-05:00

 

National Park Medical Center (NPMC) is live with SHARE, sending Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT), Laboratory Results, Radiology Reports, Progress Notes, Continuity of Care Documents (CCD's) and Discharge Summaries.

National Park Medical Center’s is proud to be a community health leader in Hot Springs and the surrounding communities. As a 166-bed full-service hospital, they provide a comprehensive range of medical services and high quality care. NPMC is a forward thinking, innovative hospital where trust, teamwork and technology come together to make a positive difference in the health of their community and region. NPMC Joint Commission accreditation powerfully demonstrates their commitment to meet the highest national standards for quality and safety. But their most important mission is to serve you and your family. So they combine the medical and technological resources of a regional center for healthcare with the warm, friendly and personal touch of a caring, compassionate staff.

To download a printable fact sheet, please click on the following link. National Park Medical Center Printable Fact Sheet

Post date: 2018-08-20T12:39:17-05:00

 

Despite widespread support for organ donation, a severe shortage in the number of organs donated exists. More than 118,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a kidney, heart, liver or other vital organ, and another person is added to that list every 16 minutes. Statistics reveal an average of 18 individuals will die each day while waiting for an available organ. Estimates indicate that more than 25,000 Americans die each year under circumstances that would allow them to become organ donors, but an average of only about 5,000 a year actually donate.

However, knowing this shortage, ARORA uses SHARE (Arkansas’ Statewide Health Information Exchange) to access patient’s information in real time from hospitals and clinics across the State of Arkansas. This allows real-time decisions on if a patient is eligible for organ donation based on their diagnosis, laboratory results, progress notes as well as many other factors. Before having access to SHARE, Paul Coulter, Donation Development Liaison stated “ARORA staff had to drive to hospitals and review the patient’s medical chart before we could deem the patient a candidate for organ donation. This would take many hours,” he said.

During this summer Paul stated “SHARE simply helped restore the life of someone on the waiting list by allowing our providers to have real-time access to a medical history to determine if donation was possible.  We had a family who mentioned their loved one had a cancer diagnosis, but didn’t know all the details.  We researched the patient’s medical records and didn’t find the cancer diagnosis. We then checked SHARE where we found the complete story regarding the cancer, which resulted in the patient becoming a tissue donor. Because of SHARE’s ability to display multiple hospitals’ visits, we were easily able to find the information needed. Without SHARE, this patient would not have been able to enhance the lives of others due to the lack of information.  Donation provides hope and healing for donor families as they know their loved ones helped others in a time of great need.

Paul stated that “Research indicates the primary reason for not donating is lack of education about the subject. A single, multi-organ donor can provide as many as seven organs—heart, liver, two kidneys, two lungs pancreas, and intestine for transplantation—as well as tissue, including corneas, heart valves, skin and bone. Less than one per cent of all deaths are potential organ donors, which also greatly limits the number of organs available for transplant.”

As part of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), ARORA is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). There are three organ transplant centers in Arkansas: Arkansas Children's Hospital, Baptist Health Medical Center and UAMS, all located in Little Rock. Arkansas Children’s Hospital performs heart and kidney transplants; Baptist Medical Center performs heart transplants; and UAMS performs kidney and liver transplants. Surgical centers throughout the state perform tissue transplants, including bone, skin, and cornea grafts.

Since 1988, more than 336,000 kidney transplants have been performed annually across the United States with a success rate of 95 percent. In 2012 there were more than 28,000 organ transplants and more than 450,000 tissue transplants. Each transplant procedure, over the past several years, has shown an increase in not only the number of cases performed each year, but in the success rate as well.

Simply put, having access to SHARE has saved our agency time and resources while making every effort to provide organs and tissues for life-saving and life-enhancing transplantations.

 About Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA)

 

The Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) was established in 1987 as a non-profit, independent organ procurement agency. ARORA is headquartered in Little Rock, with a satellite office in northwest Arkansas located in Fayetteville. Serving 64 counties in the state, ARORA is managed by an executive director who reports to a board of directors. ARORA is also served by an Advisory Council, consisting of transplant surgeons, related physicians, donor family members, transplant recipients, hospital administrators and public representatives.

 

ARORA’s mission is to restore lives through the recovery of organs and tissues for transplant.

Post date: 2018-08-16T11:23:15-05:00

 

The Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Mainline Health Systems in Southeastern Arkansas which has thirteen clinics that cover 4 counties have increased their mammogram rates by using SHARE (Arkansas Statewide Health Information Exchange).

Despite gains in recent decades, breast cancer screening rates in the United States remain relatively low, especially among the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Providers and nurses across the Mainline Health System have devised strategies to boost screening rates among the economically disadvantaged patients and patients from underserved racial and ethnic groups, as well as among the general population in the Delta Region in Arkansas.

Mainline Health Systems new effort seeks to increase breast cancer screening rates by eliminating barrier for many women, especially those in vulnerable populations.

If a patient has identified they have received the mammogram at their local hospital, designated staff can log in to SHARE’s Virtual Health Record and pull down the results in real-time.


In order to boost screening rates, Mainline Health System clinics are revisiting its methods for reaching out to patients who are overdue for a mammogram. The traditional approach is to send reminders through the mail, but changes in technology, and in how we use technology, suggest a more fitting option: Simply using SHARE to access real-time information on their patients from around the State of Arkansas regardless of the electronic health records other hospitals or specialist use. Hoping to increase screening participation, Mainline Health System is developing SHARE in its workflow and has proven more effective in getting real-time mammogram results on their patients. This could be especially true for economically disadvantaged patients.

Having access to patient mammograms, labs, and progress notes in real-time has dramatically improved health outcomes in each of their clinics since using SHARE, improving the lives of patients while continuing to increase mammograms in our patients.

 

About Mainline Health Systems

 

Mainline Health Systems, a non-profit organization, has provided affordable medical care for the residents of Southeast Arkansas since 1978. From their first office in Portland all those years ago, Mainline Health Systems has grown to thirteen locations serving Arkansas residents in Ashley, Chicot, Drew, and Lincoln counties. Every year, Mainline Health Systems' healthcare professionals treat thousands of patients who either have no insurance or not enough insurance to cover essential health services. We will never deny care to those in need. Mainline Health Systems' mission is to provide compassionate, quality care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Mainline Health Systems' financial assistance programs ensure that everyone in the communities who require medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare can receive it. For more information, visit www.mainlinehealth.net

 

About SHARE

The Arkansas State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) has over 74 hospitals connected/connecting in Arkansas and 61 hospitals in Oklahoma, 14 hospitals in Missouri and over 1,400 facilities/practices connected. SHARE is a secure, electronic system that allows health care providers, health services professionals and public health authorities in Arkansas to exchange accurate patient medical information in real-time. For more information, visit www.SHAREArkansas.com.

 

Post date: 2018-03-12T11:01:30-05:00

SHARE is now integrated with Arkansas Urology at all locations:

  • Benton
  • Clinton
  • Conway
  • Eldorado
  • Heber Springs
  • Little Rock
  • North Little Rock
  • Russellville

About Arkansas Urology:

Arkansas Urology provides the latest innovations in medical technology and surgical techniques to its patients through eight Centers of Excellence in urological specialties. The physicians and professional staff comprise one of the most experienced and respected urological practices in the region. Arkansas Urology treats approximately 70,000 patients a year at eight facilities in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Clinton, El Dorado, Heber Springs, Searcy, Pine Bluff and Russellville as well as in the Advanced Prostate Cancer Center. In 2014, Arkansas Urology expanded its services by acquiring Epoch Men’s Health, with clinics in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway and Benton. In 2018 Arkansas Urology developed and opened the Centerview Surgery Center, an accredited, state-of-the-art urological outpatient surgery center.  Arkansas Urology is made up of 17 physicians, eight physician extenders, and 200 clinical and business staff employees.

About SHARE:

The Arkansas State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) has over 74 hospitals connected/connecting in Arkansas and 46 hospitals in Oklahoma and over 1,400 facilities/practices connected. SHARE is a secure, electronic system that allows health care providers, health services professionals and public health authorities in Arkansas to exchange accurate patient medical information in real-time. Organizations that participate in SHARE serve more than 2.9+ million unique patients in Arkansas. For more information, visit www.SHAREArkansas.com.

 

 

Post date: 2018-02-27T09:19:30-06:00

SHARE has been integrated with Howard Memorial Hospital and we are proud to be connected in Nashville, Arkansas!

About Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH):

Howard Memorial Hospital is a 20-bed critical access hospital, established over 60 years ago, serving Howard and surrounding counties.  HMH provides comprehensive patient-focused services that are managed and delivered by a skilled staff of medical professionals.  Howard Memorial Hospital is fully accredited by the Arkansas Department of Health, an assortment of programs designed to meet patients' needs. Their advanced medical facility can offer patients the technology they need.

At Howard Memorial Hospital, they treat patients with the compassion, respect, and dignity they deserve. HMH understands that when patients and their families need medical care, peace of mind is essential.  Howard Memorial Hospital’s nurses, doctors, and other health care professionals look forward to treating patients with the best knowledge, medicine and technology available. They are committed to continually improving programs and services.

Howard Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital located in Nashville, Arkansas. The facility's not-for-profit status ensures that all financial resources remaining after expenses are legally committed to improving the technology, patient services, and the facility.

For more information, vist: https://www.howardmemorial.com/

About SHARE

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is a secure, electronic system that allows authorized health care providers, health services professionals and public health authorities in Arkansas to exchange accurate patient medical information in real time. The Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), created by Act 891 of 2011, has implemented SHARE in a series of phases, beginning with Secure Messaging to help providers meet meaningful use requirements, and a fully-functional health information exchange (HIE) that gives health care providers access to hospital discharge summaries, lab results, immunization records and other vital information. For more information, visit www.SHAREArkansas.com.

    

Post date: 2017-12-06T10:01:06-06:00

On Dec. 6, 2017, The Little Rock Embassy Suite welcome healthcare professionals from all across the state of Arkansas for the annual Arkansas Medicaid Educational Conference. This conference is centered around topics such as; Behavioral Health, Medical Management Information Systems (MMIS), Arkansas Works, and Patient-Centered Medical Home Case Studies.

 The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) team had the opportunity to attend this event and inform doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals on the benefits and services SHARE provides. This conference is hosted by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC), A nonprofit whose mission is to promote excellence in health and healthcare through education and evaluation.

Since 1965 Arkansas Medicaid has made healthcare accessible to over 900,000 Arkansans. As a result of Medicaid, lower income families have access to laboratory X-rays, family planning, prescription medication, and much more. During this conference Arkansas Medicaid awarded more the $3.3 million in performance bonus payments to 15 Arkansas hospitals as a part of the annual inpatient Quality Incentive (IQI) program.

 Arkansas Medicaid also announced at the conference that 53 Arkansas private, primary-care practices will receive a combined $12.5 million as a part of the Arkansas Payment Improvement initiative.

About SHARE

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is a secure, electronic system that allows authorized health care providers, health services professionals and public health authorities in Arkansas to exchange accurate patient medical information in real time. The Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), created by Act 891 of 2011, has implemented SHARE in a series of phases, beginning with Secure Messaging to help providers meet meaningful use requirements, and a fully-functional health information exchange (HIE) that gives health care providers access to hospital discharge summaries, lab results, immunization records and other vital information. For more information, visit www.SHAREArkansas.com.

 

 

Post date: 2017-10-21T00:00:00-05:00

SHARE attends the Arkansas Senior Expo

Over 500 Arkansan baby boomers and seniors ages 55 and up made their way to the state house convention center in downtown Little Rock for the Senior Expo held on Oct. 21, 2017. This event is centered around health care, wellness, as well as health products and services. The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) team was out front and center informing participants on how they can benefit from SHARE services.

Every year hundreds of seniors look forward to this event. Arkansans that attend this event not only gain great knowledge about healthcare they are able to make new friends and have fun. This event is sponsored by The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

About SHARE

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is a secure, electronic system that allows authorized health care providers, health services professionals and public health authorities in Arkansas to exchange accurate patient medical information in real time. The Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), created by Act 891 of 2011, has implemented SHARE in a series of phases, beginning with Secure Messaging to help providers meet meaningful use requirements, and a fully-functional health information exchange (HIE) that gives health care providers access to hospital discharge summaries, lab results, immunization records and other vital information. For more information, visit www.SHAREArkansas.com.

 

Post date: 2016-03-20T00:00:00-05:00

 

 SHARE a Key Component to Transitions of Care (TOC) Access to real time patient data when you need it

Post date: 2015-07-15T00:00:00-05:00
Post date: 2014-10-07T16:19:47-05:00

Physicians and providers all over the state can now access immediately and securely exchange current, updated electronic health records (EHRs) for thousands of Arkansas children, thanks to the contributions of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), which is now pushing data through SHARE, the Statewide Health Information Exchange.  

SHARE enables providers at different medical facilities across Arkansas to exchange medical records for patients they have in common. Using SHARE, a pediatrician can connect to a patient’s most current and comprehensive health information, including that patient’s health data from other facilities connected to SHARE.

For example, if six-year-old Josephina from Batesville is admitted to Children’s Hospital, her SHARE-connected pediatrician back home can securely access her health data from her stay in the hospital.  Her pediatrician can then update her progress using SHARE, so that Josephina’s other SHARE-connected physicians can also stay informed about her care.

From a hospital’s perspective, if a child arrives in the Emergency Room for the first time after a car wreck, the ER staff is now able to pull up his record in SHARE, see his current medical condition and medications, and make better-informed decisions about his care on the spot.  

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Darrell Leonhard said the hospital was excited to be able to offer this level of care coordination for its patients. “We want the best experience possible for the kids we treat, and we see SHARE as a way to improve the already excellent care provided by the staff at ACH.”

ACH is one of 26 hospitals signed on to participate in SHARE. Arkansas Health Information Technology Coordinator Ray Scott said ACH’s participation marks a turning point for SHARE.

“We are very excited to have Arkansas Children’s Hospital as part of our SHARE network. Every time a new practice or hospital in the state joins SHARE, the network is that much more useful to its participants. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the one that other providers in SHARE have been clamoring for—being able to access electronic records and communicate more easily with ACH makes SHARE significantly more powerful and relevant to all hospitals, physicians, therapists, and parents,” Scott said.

Scott said that research shows that patients whose health records are available via a secure health information exchange with their other physicians receive better care and have fewer duplicate tests and procedures ordered by the different physicians.

“SHARE makes health care better for all of us,” Scott said. “National studies show that the average patient in the U.S. sees 18 different providers. Think about that. Haven’t you ever wished your doctors could communicate your health information with each other so that the next provider you see knows what the previous one did for you? That’s what this linkage between ACH and SHARE makes possible.”

About SHARE

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is a secure, electronic system that allows authorized health care providers, health services professionals and public health authorities in Arkansas to exchange accurate patient medical information in real time. The Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), created by Act 891 of 2011, has implemented SHARE in a series of phases, beginning with Secure Messaging to help providers meet meaningful use requirements, and a fully-functional health information exchange (HIE) that gives health care providers access to hospital discharge summaries, lab results, immunization records and other vital information. For more information, visit www.SHAREArkansas.com.

About ACH

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown to span 29 city blocks and house 370 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 95 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.

 

Post date: 2014-08-21T14:31:24-05:00

Two Arkansas Critical Access Hospitals receive grants for health IT connectivity

 

Awards from DRA and OHIT to link hospitals to state system

LITTLE ROCK, AR– Thanks in part to the Delta Regional Authority federal/state partnership with the Office of Health Information Technology, providers at Ashley County Medical Center and McGehee-Desha County Hospital now securely and privately can share their patients’ electronic health records with other authorized, SHARE-particpating physicians who are also caring for that patient, even when the doctors work outside of their systems.
 
Through the joint SHARE Connectivity Program, the Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) and the Delta Regional Authority awarded Ashley County Medical Center $5,000 in funds to connect the hospital to the statewide electronic Health Information Exchange, known as SHARE (State Health Alliance for Records Exchange).
 
The Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) expect to reap concrete benefits of SHARE implementation, in the form of improved patient outcomes, as well as long-term savings in both time and money as SHARE’s efficiencies reduce costs and improve workflow.
 
Small hospitals across the state have transitioned from paper records to an electronic medical record (EMR) system. However, these hospitals may not be able to efficiently exchange patient information with larger hospital systems outside of their local communities and with other health care providers throughout Arkansas without connecting to SHARE.
 
Another benefit of SHARE is that information entered into the system is updated immediately for all SHARE-connected providers, decreasing time lost to transferring and transcribing medical records, and decreasing medical errors from having insufficient or outdated patient information.
 
“SHARE saves families money,” Arkansas Health Information Technology Coordinator Ray Scott said. “Getting providers to access the same master patient health record can result in fewer duplicate tests or procedures ordered by multiple providers, and very often helps improve patient health.”
 
Providers must join SHARE to have access to these benefits. Scott said the SHARE access is exciting for these small hospitals, but not limited to them. He added, “Every new hospital or provider we connect to SHARE makes both SHARE and Arkansas health care that much stronger.”
 
The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is Arkansas’ statewide health information exchange (HIE) that allows health care providers, related health services professionals, and public health authorities in Arkansas to access and exchange with each other real-time, secure, electronic patient information that is protected by privacy and security laws. Through its implementation and use, SHARE will reduce medical errors and duplicate testing, promote improved management of chronic diseases, and improve patient care coordination among unaffiliated health care providers.
Post date: 2014-07-28T14:42:09-05:00

Allscripts connects to State of Arkansas' HIE, SHARE
Connection to  SHARE will enable the exchange and use of critical patient data to improve outcomes for practices using Allscripts EHR

CHICAGO AND LITTLE ROCK, AR– July 24, 2014 – Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) and the State of Arkansas have announced that Allscripts electronic health record (EHR) solutions are now fully connected to the state’s healthcare information exchange (HIE) for more efficient and effective exchange of critical patient information to improve the quality and delivery of care.

The State of Arkansas HIE organization, known as the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), is an interoperable database managed by the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT), the agency responsible for establishing and coordinating healthcare information technology (HIT) activities across the state.

The goal of OHIT and SHARE is to promote the effective use of HIT to increase the value attained through the delivery of healthcare services while improving the care and health of Arkansans. Establishing a connection to Allscripts-based systems will facilitate the exchange and use of patient data for thousands of patients.

“We are very pleased that SHARE-based Allscripts clients will be able to connect their patient data,” said Ray Scott, Arkansas HIT Coordinator at OHIT. “Allscripts patient information will enrich the depth and breadth of the SHARE database and will help enable providers—especially those in rural regions—to maintain the health of and improve the quality of care for patients.”

Allscripts comprehensive population health-enabled EHR solutions provide innovative, integrated and interoperable management of the complex medical needs of patients across settings, including ambulatory, acute and home care. Allscripts solutions are architected with integrated population health capabilities. This proprietary, community aware population health framework aggregates and organizes critical patient data, delivering it seamlessly into the clinicians’ workflow for superior decision-making power.

“Allscripts is committed to helping governments and their agencies meet their objectives to improve quality of care,” said Paul M. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “By connecting to SHARE, we will help providers with critical access to information to improve the quality of care for many Arkansans, including those in rural areas.”

About Allscripts

Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) is a leader in healthcare information technology solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results. Our innovative solutions connect people, places and data across an Open, Connected Community of Health™. Connectivity empowers caregivers to make better decisions and deliver better care for healthier populations. To learn more, visit www.allscripts.com, Twitter, YouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

Post date: 2013-12-20T17:02:50-06:00

As 2013 draws to a close, we are taking this opportunity to reflect on a year of tremendous progress made in the implementation of the statewide health information exchange. These are the major milestones we've achieved thanks to the efforts of our OHIT staff, vendor partnerships and support of the health care community:

  • 148 health care sites and 498,454 patient records are on-boarded to SHARE.
  • OHIT and Delta Regional Authority partnered to offer $10,000 grants to Critical Access and Small Rural Hospitals to connect to SHARE. Grants will be awarded to 12 hospitals in January 2014.
  • OHIT is helping make SHARE more affordable to the provider community by negotiating statewide contracts with EMR vendors that reduce or eliminate the vendor’s one-time interface fee to connect to SHARE. The average savings for providers is $10,000.
  • OHIT is building interfaces to the Arkansas Department of Health, including a gateway for Immunizations and connectivity for ELR and Syndromic Surveillance to automate public health reporting through SHARE.
  • For the Arkansas PCMH project, effective January 2014, Medicaid is requiring Practices to use SHARE to transmit admission/discharge data between unaffiliated participants.

For the full report, download the 2013 Year-End Summary [PDF]

Post date: 2013-10-31T09:59:56-05:00

Delta Regional Authority, Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology awards to link critical access hospitals to state system

Chairman Masingill: “Arkansas’ rural communities will be better connected to cutting-edge and cost-effective health care.”

Rural communities throughout the state of Arkansas will have the opportunity to receive funding to connect their hospitals to the state’s electronic health records database, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill and Office of Health Information Technology Director Ray Scott announced today.

The SHARE Connectivity Program will make available awards to designated Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Small Rural Hospitals (SRHs) in eleven Delta counties as well as in seven counties with such facilities outside the Delta to help with the costs of connecting the hospitals’ electronic health record (EHR) systems with the statewide health information exchange known as SHARE (State Health Alliance for Records Exchange).  The awards of up to $10,000 per facility will assist with implementation costs. Currently, EHR vendor costs of $6,000 to more than $20,000 for implementation are a barrier to some hospitals in the state.

“Providing our communities with quality health care options and supporting a healthy workforce is crucial to economic development in the Delta,” Chairman Chris Masingill said. “Because of this investment, Arkansas’s rural communities will be better connected to cutting-edge and cost-effective health care.”

CAHs and SRHs across the state have transitioned from paper records to electronic medical record systems. However, these hospitals may not be able to efficiently exchange patient information with larger hospital systems and other treating health care providers without connecting to SHARE.

“These small hospital systems are a critical part of the Arkansas health care network,” Scott said. “Having them connect to SHARE will give them access to more complete health information about their patients, and improve their ability to coordinate their patients’ care with other providers.”

The Delta Regional Authority was notified by Governor Beebe’s office that funding was needed, and the project was approved by the DRA last month.  The Authority will contribute $125,300 in total investment that will support program awards directed to twelve eligible CAHs and SRHs in the Delta region, in addition to $70,000 in funds committed by the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology to support vouchers for seven eligible hospitals located outside the Delta. The twelve eligible CAHs and SRHs serve eleven Delta counties: Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Clay, Dallas Desha, Drew, Fulton, Izard, and Randolph.

“The SHARE Connectivity Program is an important step in bringing our state’s rural hospitals to the next level of health care delivery,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “Connecting these hospitals to our state’s network of electronic health records will provide much needed coordinated health care to Arkansas families and communities.”

“Today’s announcement is great news for Arkansas hospitals and families. This critical funding will allow for better coordination among our hospitals and improved patient care,” U.S. Senator Mark Pryor said. “As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet (CTI), I’ll keep working to ensure all Arkansas hospitals and businesses have access to affordable online tools so they can operate more efficiently and save money. “

“This is an important investment in the health of rural Arkansans that will provide more opportunities to connect with health care providers and seek the care they depend on,” U.S. Senator John Boozman said. “This is a great step to containing health care costs and improving access to physicians for citizens in the Delta.”

“The demand for local access to superior healthcare far outweighs available resources in Arkansas.  That’s why utilizing technology is so important in meeting this need by making patient records available electronically.  Today’s announcement is a patient-centered solution that will lower costs and improve Arkansans’ access to quality health care, U.S. Representative Tim Griffin said.”

“The SHARE connectivity program is an excellent way to improve coordination across geographical lines that will improve quality of care in rural Arkansas, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford said. “This creative approach is exactly the type of innovation we need to support rural families, and I applaud the Delta Regional Authority and Office of Health Information Technology for their involvement in this issue.”  

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. In twelve project cycles, the Authority is helping to create and retain nearly 41,000 jobs and has leveraged $2.7 billion in other public and private investments in the Delta region.

The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is Arkansas’ statewide health information exchange (HIE) that allows health care providers, related health services professionals, and public health authorities in Arkansas to access and exchange with each other real-time, secure, electronic patient information that is protected by privacy and security laws. Through its implementation and use, SHARE will reduce medical errors and duplicate testing, promote improved management of chronic diseases, and improve patient care coordination among unaffiliated health care providers.
 

Contacts:  DRA Press Office
501-416-3789, [email protected]

Christy Williams, OHIT
501-978-3944, [email protected]
 

Post date: 2013-10-29T16:42:16-05:00

We are pleased to welcome the following new participants to SHARE:

These providers join a growing network of 116 hospitals, community health centers and practices that are signing up to participate in SHARE. As of August 2013, 8 hospitals, 47 CHCs, 3 behavioral health entity and 58 physician practices are using or implementing SHARE.

View a complete list of all participating health care providers >>

Post date: 2013-10-29T16:37:05-05:00

Health care providers may question why they should partcipate in a Health Information Exchange (HIE) when they already use an EHR system that is capable of sharing patient data with other providers. But what does it actually take for that EMR/EHR system to exchange data with the myriad hospitals, specialists, labs, pharmacies, public health registries and other organizations that need it? With the average cost of an interface ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, according to the Pacific Health Journal, achieving interoperability with numerous EHR interfaces can cost providers a lot of time and money. HIEs like SHARE offer a more coordinated approach to data sharing.

SHARE explored this topic in an article published in partnership with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care in the October issue of the Arkansas Medical Society Journal. Check it out to learn about how HIEs like SHARE offer a more coordinated and potentially less expensive approach to data sharing than one-to-one EHR interfaces.

SHARE: Bridging the Interoperability Gap between EHRs

Post date: 2013-09-18T13:55:06-05:00

In the spirit of National Health IT Week, we've teamed up with Get Real Health and produced a fun infographic that shows what Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are and why they're important to providers and patients alike.

Please help spread the word about HIEs like SHARE by tweeting, sharing and forwarding this to your colleagues, friends and anyone who may not know about HIEs.

Also, be sure to check out SHARE's guest blog for a personal take on why we need HIEs.

 

Post date: 2013-09-11T16:11:57-05:00

As a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare, SHARE is joining approximately 200 public and private sector organizations to participate in the 8th Annual National Health IT Week (September 16-20, 2013).  National Health IT Week 2013 is the premier event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. healthcare. “One Voice, One Vision.”

Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.

With Meaningful Use now providing the way forward, eligible providers across the country increasingly understand the benefits for themselves and their patients, and are adopting Meaningful Use compliant electronic health records.

Initiated in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s healthcare as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative.

The Week consists of events in Washington DC and across the country, including National Health IT Week 2013 participants —vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.

Visit www.HealthITWeek.org for a full list of partners and updates on the Week’s national activities. Working together with our growing coalition of stakeholders, SHARE is helping to transform healthcare for Arkansans and for all.
 

Post date: 2013-08-16T16:57:52-05:00

Say hello to the new SHARE! We are excited to announce the launch of a fresh new SHARE logo and website. The new branding marks a season of explosive growth as we have successfully moved from Phase I into Phase II of the statewide health information exchange (HIE) and are currently connecting more than 100 health care entities to SHARE.

Our new logo symbolizes two-way data sharing and represents a vibrant future of health information exchange in Arkansas. You’ll see four brightly colored arrows pointing inward—these signify different health care providers sending clinical information to SHARE. The four white arrows pointing outward represent SHARE gathering these disconnected health records and pushing them out to providers when and where they're needed.  

This bold new look carries over into the SHARE website, where you’ll find updated information and new interactive features packaged in a repsonsive design, making the site easy to use on your mobile phone, tablet and desktop computer.

As we advance to this critical stage of growth, our new bright colors, dynamic logo and new website align SHARE's image with the ground-breaking and important work we are doing for the Arkansas health care community and the patients it serves.

If you use the SHARE logo in any marketing materials, please Contact Us and request a new logo. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think about the new SHARE logo and website.

Post date: 2013-08-12T12:12:33-05:00

In 2012, the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) issued a Patient Portal Request for Information (RFI) and explored offering a statewide patient portal for participating SHARE health care providers. Due to resource limitations, a patient portal will not be subsidized by OHIT at this time.

However, we have negotiated tiered, statewide pricing for providers contracting with Get Real Health, which will offer a patient portal solution directly to providers that allows them to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for patient engagement. OHIT is not managing or implementing this solution.

We will work with Get Real Health to determine the viability of using SHARE as a communications pathway for third-party patient portals. If Get Real Health’s e-commerce solution works as planned, OHIT will work with other existing patient portal vendors to ensure their patients have access to the same levels of health information through the statewide HIE.

We thank all the vendors who participated in the RFI for their interest and participation the process.

For more information, see the Get Real Health announcement.
 

Post date: 2013-08-12T12:03:50-05:00

PrimeSUITE EHR Users: Don't miss this webinar!

SHARE has partnered with Greenway to offer practices that use Greenway’s PrimeSUITE electronic Health Record (EHR) system a significant discount to join SHARE.

We’ve waived the one-time HIE connection fee and negotiated Greenway fees on your behalf so that instead of paying $12,000+ to interface your EMR system with SHARE, your one-time connection cost is now $0 with a low monthly per-provider support fee.

Join us for a webinar Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to learn more about this opportunity.  We will provide an overview of SHARE, details on the steeply discounted connection fee we have negotiated with Greenway, and specifics about how to get started with SHARE.

​Who Should Participate?

CIOs, office managers, physicians, nurses, assistants and anyone involved in the management of a Greenway PrimeSUITE EHR system at an Arkansas provider practice.

Length

30 minute presentation with Q&A to follow.

How to Attend the Webinar

Click this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4988543981097662464
Once you have registered, you will receive a follow-up email and a reminder email with details about how to join the webinar.

If you are unable to participate, please call 501.410.1999 for more information.
 

Post date: 2013-07-18T13:41:37-05:00

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a July 11 news release highlighting the efforts of 10 state health information exchange (HIE) programs that have set up infrastructure to enable the exchange of health information among providers caring for patients who are displaced from their homes in natural disasters. SHARE is currently building an interstate Direct connection that will allow Arkansas to connect with the 10 states that have already announced their partnership in the HHS program.

See the news release below.
 


States prepare for seamless exchange of health records after disasters

Ten state HIE programs have established infrastructure for secure exchange of health information

As part of an effort to help make sure their residents’ health information is available after a hurricane or other wide-spread disaster, four Gulf states have partnered with six states in the East and Midwest to help patients and providers access critical health information when they are unable to visit their regular doctors or hospitals.

Working with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), health information exchange (HIE) programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia today announced their partnership to allow for the exchange of health information among providers caring for patients who are displaced from their homes.

All of the state HIE programs participating in the initiative currently have established at least one operational interstate connection and are working with other states including Arkansas and Mississippi. The 10-state initiative is being made possible through information technology infrastructure provided through Direct. Direct is a tool developed by an ONC-led collaboration with broad health information technology (IT) industry participation that allows for the secure exchange of health information over the Internet.

“Through disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy and large tornadoes in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, in 2011 and more recently in Moore, Oklahoma, we have learned the importance of protecting patients’ health records through electronic tools like health information exchanges,” said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health IT. “Patients are better off when states and health information exchange organizations work together to ensure that health information can follow patients when they need it the most.”

A guidebook, published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, can also help primary care clinicians connect their patients’ electronic health records to a local HIE hub and regional health information organizations. The guide, Regional Health e-Decisions: A Guide to Connect Health Information Exchange in Primary Care, is available at www.healthit.ahrq.gov/RegionalHealtheDecisionsGuide.pdf.

The Southeast Regional Health IT and Health Information Exchange Collaboration (SERCH) is leading the collaborative effort. SERCH was funded through ONC’s State Health Policy Consortium and its members include Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Since SERCH began in April 2010, similar collaborations, using a variety of methods, have helped to resolve cross-border barriers toward facilitating the multi-state exchange of health information.

In 2012, SERCH completed an analysis of barriers to health information exchange and issued recommendations for developing HIE infrastructure to support disaster preparedness and response. In their final report, SERCH recommended a phased approach to use existing data sources such as health plans and state agencies to overcome barriers to HIE across states. The report can be found at http://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/SERCH-White-Paper.pdf

 “The SERCH effort will enable health care providers to contact a patient’s health plans and available health care providers for information about the patient’s medical history when it is most needed,” said Nicole Lurie, M.D., assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response.  “But patients can help protect their own information and that of their children by saving it electronically.”

Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Post date: 2013-07-16T17:02:49-05:00

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and up to $63,750 through the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. SHARE will help providers satisfy several meaningful use requirements in stages one and two.

Below are the most current EHR Incentive Program payments made to Arkansas health care providers since 2011:

EHR Incentive Payments made to Arkansas Health Care Providers, May and June 2013

Post date: 2013-07-16T16:38:41-05:00

SHARE has partnered with three electronic health record system (EHR) vendors – eClinicalWorks, Greenway and GE Centricity – and negotiated vendor fees to save providers that use these EHR systems tens of thousands of dollars to interface their EHR systems with SHARE.

Through one connection to SHARE, eClinicalWorks, Greenway and GE Centricity EHR practices will be able to receive clinical data from any participating hospital or lab, automate reporting to the Arkansas Department of Health, and exchange health information with other participating providers. This is a major change from when a practice had to buy, build and maintain multiple EHR interfaces to connect to different data partners.

We conducted an informational webinar in June for practices that use the eClinicalWorks EHR, and we will soon announce details about the Greenway and GE Centricity connections and what it means for practices using those EHR systems.

As part of the SHARE Connection program, we are reaching out to all EHR vendors with a presence in Arkansas and negotiating statewide contracts like what we’ve arranged with these vendors.
 

Post date: 2013-07-16T16:20:00-05:00

We are pleased to announce that ARcare has signed a SHARE participation agreement and has committed to joining SHARE. ARcare is the first community health center to join the Arkansas health information exchange (HIE). The following 24 locations will be participating:

Augusta Bald Knob
Carlisle Cabot
England Cotton Plant
Jonesboro South Conway
Parkin Cherry Valley
Des Arc Independence
Hazen Batesville Southside
Newport McCrory
Jonesboro North Wynne
Lake City Brinkley
Searcy Kensett
Heber Springs Swifton

ARcare is connecting its electronic health record (EHR) system to SHARE and should begin exchanging patient health information through SHARE within the coming months.

The statewide HIE will allow ARcare health care providers to electronically access and share patient health information with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) in Harrison, Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in Pine Bluff and other providers that use SHARE.

For example, if an ARcare patient is treated at the UAMS Emergency Room, ARcare will receive an automatic notification and details of the treatment for follow-up. SHARE provides access to critical patient health information that can improve the quality of care and health outcomes.

We will follow up with another announcement when ARcare is fully "live" and using SHARE.

ARcare joins a growing network of hospitals and practices that are signing up to participate. As of July 2013, 5 hospitals, 39 community health centers, one behavioral health entity and 10 physician practices are using or implementing SHARE.

Post date: 2013-04-29T13:05:18-05:00

David Miller, Chair of the HIE Council for OHIT and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology / Chief Information Officer at UAMS, has accepted a seat on the HIMSS HIE Committee. The committee comprises the top health IT leaders in the nation who have substantial experience with health information exchange. Miller’s two-year term begins July 1, 2013 and will end June 30, 2015.

The HIMSS HIE Committee plans national HIE activities, defines the role HIE plays in Meaningful Use, provides support for State Level HIE activities, expands key HIE audience stakeholders, and assists HIMSS membership and the health care industry at large with the journey toward HIE deployment and use.

In addition to his new role with the HIMSS HIE Committee, Miller also serves as chair of the HIE Council for the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology, as chair-elect of the American Association of Medical College’s Group on Information Resources, as President-elect and HIE Chair of the Arkansas HIMSS Chapter, as well as other council memberships nationally. He is a Fellow with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote the best use of information technology and management systems in the health care industry. HIMSS represents nearly 50,000 individual members and is among the most prestigious membership organizations for health care information professionals.

 

Post date: 2013-03-26T13:08:16-05:00

SHARE made the cover of the latest Arkansas Hospitals magazine. Check out pages 12 and 13 for the story about North Arkansas Regional Medical Center becoming the first hospital in Arkansas to launch the Health Information Exchange.

Post date: 2013-02-25T10:26:25-06:00

Read about SHARE and the exciting progress Arkansas hospitals are making toward exchanging electronic health records in an Arkansas Business article published today. Hospitals Move Toward Electronic Records Exchange

Post date: 2013-02-11T12:09:05-06:00

We are pleased to announce that Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in Pine Bluff has signed a SHARE participation agreement and is the third hospital to join SHARE. JRMC is a 471-bed acute care hospital with 11 off-campus clinics and affiliated centers, and is the largest regional hospital system to join the Arkansas health information exchange (HIE).

JRMC will begin the process of connecting its electronic health record (EHR) system to SHARE and should begin exchanging patient health information through SHARE within the coming months.

The statewide HIE will allow JRMC health care providers to electronically access and share patient health information with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) in Harrison, and other providers that will use SHARE.

 

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