Maine Quality Counts, through a contract with the Maine Regional Extension Center (MEREC) provides onsite quality improvement coaching, guidance, and support to link EHR adoption with clinical improvement to align EHR adoption with other quality improvement efforts in the state.

Maine Quality Counts, through a contract with the Maine Regional Extension Center (MEREC) provides onsite quality improvement coaching, guidance, and support to link EHR adoption with clinical improvement to align EHR adoption with other quality improvement efforts in the state.

Electronic Health Records / Health Information Technology

In an effort to help physicians and other providers adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs) to improve care, the federal government has established a program to provide incentive payments and assistance for EHR use. HealthInfoNet, Maine’s health information exchange, serves as the state “Regional Extension Center” to support providers in their efforts to adopt EHRs to improve care and to meet the requirements. In their role as the Maine Regional Extension Center (MEREC), HealthInfoNet offers assistance to  practices to select, adopt, and use EHRs to improve patient care. HealthInfoNet and the MEREC have contracted with Maine Quality Counts to provide quality improvement expertise, guidance, and support for linking EHR adoption with clinical improvement. For more information visit www.hinfonet.org. In this role, QC is responsible for ensuring that the overall efforts of the MEREC and its vendors are guided by a framework of continuous quality improvement, aligning EHR adoption with other quality improvement efforts in the state, and supporting primary care providers to achieve meaningful use and meaningful improvements in care. 

 

Health Information Technology "Ask the Experts" Webinar Series
Click here to view the 2013 webinar schedule 

The April 25 HIT Webinar was on CMS Payment adjustments and led by Andy Finnegan, Insurance Specialist from the Regional CMS Office in Boston. The webinar is rich with information and includes:

  • Reporting mechanisms for PQRS and how to participate in the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO)
  • New hardship exemptions for eRX
  • Updates on the value based modifier and how group practices with more than 100 EPs can avoid a 2015 downward payment
  • HITECH payment adjustments for hospitals, CAHs and EPs
  • New Categories for Provider hardship exemptions (ie., EPs whose primary specialties are anesthesiology, radiology or pathology)

Click here to view the webinar

 

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