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Congratulations to Genaro Garza  

We are pleased to announce that Genaro Garza is now Mirth Certified. Being Mirth Certified gives RGV HIE the capability and knowledge needed to connect clinics and health organizations to exchange health information using the Mirth Connect Integration Engine.

As the “data steward” for the community to share patient health information, we have put in place processes and oversight to ensure privacy and security to facilitate the secure exchange of protected health information. Although most hospitals and providers have electronic health record (EHR) systems, most are not able to share information electronically among different EHR vendors. The result by default is most providers still fax copies of health records to each other.

Our Integration engine service offers an affordable solution for clinics and health organizations to share patient health information to meet current legislation requirements such as Meaningful Use, PCMH and MACRA. Essentially, you connect your EHR to the HIE one time and we can direct your data to any destination required at a reasonable fee. Our technology will enable your organization to have the option to participate in our HIE, disease registry, or quality reporting tool.

Proyecto Juan Diego uses RGV HIE analytics software to meet grant requirements

We are pleased to announce that RGVHIE will be working with Proyecto Juan Diego in support of the Group Lifestyle Balance Program. The Group Lifestyle Balance Program provides education, encouragement and the tools necessary to help individuals reach their healthy lifestyle goals. This program is designed for those, over 18 yrs of age, who are pre-diabetic or have a high risk for diabetes

RGV HIE will be providing population health analytics, quality reporting and care management solutions and services to help meet reporting requirements of the program.

Community service providers or nonprofit organizations such as Proyecto Juan Diego receive funding from a variety of sources, both public and private. To ensure money is well-spent, funders typically require grantees to report on specific metrics related to service provision, such as the number of clients being served, program outcomes, and improvements.

The RGV HIE can provide the technical infrastructure to support complex and extensive reports about the effectiveness of programs. We can help report on outcomes to demonstrate progress and justify ongoing and future funding

We are excited about this new collaboration and we are looking forward to continuing to serve the people in our community.

About Project Juan Diego

Proyecto Juan Diego was founded in 2003 by Sister Phylis Peters, Daughter of Charity. The organization was granted a 501 (c) 3 status with a mission to empower low income families to be healthy and self-sufficient in the community. Proyecto utilizes educational programs, family activities, and preventative health services to improve quality of life.

The staff provides a variety of services, including parenting classes, mentoring, anger management, and family development. Outreach and civic engagement activities include citizenship, GED, and English classes, Get Out the Vote efforts, leadership development, and youth development. Proyecto also offers services for diabetic and pre-diabetic patients, including self-management classes.

Is Your Practice Ready for MACRA?

One of the most recent examples of the changing healthcare landscape is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA. This law is primarily focused on encouraging physicians to deliver valuable healthcare services to patients as part of the Affordable Care Act. With the first performance reporting period beginning on January 1, 2017, many physicians still have a lot of work to do to meet the requirements. Here is what you need to know.

What is MACRA?

MACRA replaces the current Medicare reimbursement schedule with a new pay-for-performance program that is focused on quality, value, and accountability. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated that MACRA enacts a new payment framework that rewards health care providers for giving better care instead of more service. MACRA combines parts of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Value-Baased Payment Modifier (VBM), and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program into one single program called the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, or “MIPS.”

What is MIPS?

MIPS includes four performance categories: quality (50%), resource use (10%), advancing care information (25%), and clinical practice improvement activities (15%). These categories are used to evaluate a provider’s quality, use of services, EHR use, and quality improvements to care coordination and delivery. A provider’s quality score determines the payment adjustment in subsequent years. The payment adjustment is 4% in 2019, 5% in 2020,  7% in 2021, and 9% in 2022 and beyond.

Advanced care information: Health information measure

Under MACRA, Meaningful Use has been transformed as part of MIPS scoring. The new model includes an expanded APM track now known as Advanced APM. Advanced care information is significant because it contributes to 25% of the total score in year one. Clinicians can choose to report customizable measures that reflect how they use EHR technology in their day to day practice, with a particular emphasis on interoperability and information exchange.

How the RGV HIE can help

The RGV HIE offers an affordable solution for clinics and health organizations to share patient health information to meet current legislation requirements such as Meaningful Use, PCMH, and MACRA. Essentially, you connect your EHR to the HIE one time and we can direct your data to any destination required at a reasonable fee. Our technology will enable your organization to have the option to participate in our HIE, disease registry, or quality reporting tool.

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