Wyoming Offers Free EHR to Medicaid Providers
The Wyoming Department of Health, in partnership with Medical Informatics Engineering, a web-based electronic health record provider, announced that in a press release that it is the first state to offer a free, fully certified EHR to any and all Medicaid providers in Wyoming.
MIE's WebChart EHR will help providers in the state demonstrate meaningful use and qualify for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act incentives while also helping their practice, and the state, improve patient care.
The free EHR initiative began in early 2011 and was rolled out slowly to Medicaid providers across the state. To date, the state has more than 36 providers, 16 practices and more than 31,000 patients registered in WebChart EHR from MIE, with all data flowing automatically into the Department of Health's HIE.
In addition to the free EHR, the state added a personal health record (PHR) from NoMoreClipboard to the offering last month. This system is intended to encourage high cost and high risk Medicaid patients to manage their healthcare plan and help improve their quality of life.
For more information, visit www.mieweb.com.
Supreme Court Rules on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
On June 28, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the healthcare reform legislation that passed in 2010. Several pieces of the ACA relate to HIM professionals’ work and facilities, including the provision that allowed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to provide incentives for the formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACOs are formed when groups of disparate healthcare organizations connect to share health information and other resources with the intent of lowering costs. The Supreme Court’s ruling keeps this program intact, though private sector ACOs have already been blossoming in the healthcare industry separate from CMS’s program. AHIMA policy experts note that the HITECH Act and ARRA, which have vast implications on health records and various HIM issues, are not a part of the ACA and are not affected by the ruling. Read more on the ruling at the Journal of AHIMA website.
Chicago is the Site for the Summer Leadership Meetings
July 13-15 AHIMA will host the Leadership Symposium and Coding Roundtable Planning Workshop. The Leadership Symposium is a three-day event that engages AHIMA volunteers (Committee and Council chairs), CSA leaders (state and local Board members), and delegates in strategic direction, envisioning the future, and HIM focus. In addition, leadership development and association and profession governance will be presented by speakers in key areas such as futurism and management. The Coding Roundtable Planning Workshop is a half-day event in which Coding Roundtable coordinators or their representatives can discuss opportunities to provide coding education in their states, including the sharing of success stories. Lisa Fink will represent the Wyoming CSA and plans to attend the Symposium and Coding Roundtable Workshop. Stay tuned for follow up information from her.
Two Proposed House Resolutions
As of July 1st there are two resolutions to be considered before the AHIMA House of Delegates at their meetings September 29th and 30th. These resolutions include: Master Patient Index in a Healthcare Environment Resolution and Healthcare Organizations Must Create Consistent Privacy and Security Practices Resolution. Your delegates, Amy Hayes and Lisa Fink, will provide more information on these Resolutions in the August Newsletter and the House of Delegate activities.