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Summer 2014

Making MU2 & Transitions of Care Work in Kansas

KHIN supports all of our members in meeting their MU1 and MU2 requirements. We have found that the following MU2 requirement has been one of the most challenging for our members: 

The EP/CAH/EH who transitions their patient to another setting of care or provider of care or refers their patient to another provider of care should provide summary care record for each transition of care or referral.

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KHIN Certificates for MU2 Public Health Measures

CertificateSampleMU2KHIN provides Certificates of Accomplishment for KHIN members that have met the MU2 Public Health Measures through KHIN. KHIN serves as the transport layer that moves the public health message from the practice/hospital to KDHE or the CDC. KHIN issues the following Certificates signed by KDHE at the end of the 90 day attestation period.

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KHIN Reports: New Services Available

KHIN is in the early stages of developing a reporting template and protocol that will provide important information to our members regarding their patients. Prior to 2014 there was not enough information in KHIN to make reports feasible or valuable. However, KHIN now has real time clinical information on over one million patients and access to information on over five million patients.

Now there is enough information to make reporting possible, however, to receive a report the requester has to have a relationship with the patient that is allowable under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA limits access to personal health information to providers or members who have a treatment, payment or health care operations (TPO) relationship with the patient.

Examples of possible report formats that would meet the HIPAA requirement would include the following:

A physician wants to determine gaps in preventative care for his/her patients and requested a report of missing preventative care measures.

A primary care physician wants to be alerted if his/her patient is admitted or discharged from the hospital.

Kansas regulations limit KHIN on the data that can be provided in reports. A secondary data committee is working, through KDHE, to determine under what conditions data can be made available for research, population health and emergencies.

KHIN is considering all types of reports and would be interested in feedback from the field in what reports would be helpful for physicians, hospitals, FQHCs and other providers to improve care for the people of Kansas.

For more information, please contact Laura McCrary Ed.D at lmccrary@khinonline.org.

KHIN & Kansas Medicaid Health Homes

KanCare-LogoKHIN is pleased to support Kansas organizations that serve individuals with special needs by assisting them in meeting the technology requirements to be a Medicaid/KanCare Health Home provider. Effective July 1, 2014 KanCare will take over responsibility for providing health and behavioral health services to Kansans with severe mental illness and chronic disease conditions. This model supports an integrated delivery system where health and behavioral health care is provided together. This new program is called Kansas Health Homes.

Organizations that provide health and behavioral health services will need to have a technical infrastructure and will need to participate in a state approved health information exchange, such as KHIN, to be a provider in the Kansas Health Home Program.  This health information can then be accessed to improve care and reduce duplicative services, helping to ensure that more complete medical and behavioral health information is available to all members of the patient's care team and to the patient.

If your organization is participating as a Kansas Health Home and would like more information regarding KHIN and our support for organizations serving individuals with special needs, please contact Laura McCrary Ed.D at lmccrary@khinonline.org.

MyHealth eRecord Officially Launched

myHealth-eRecords Logo bannerThe KHIN Personal Health Record (PHR) called MyHealth eRecords is officially launched. Since October 2013 MyHealth eRecords has been in a "soft" launch status. This means that KHIN staff, KHIN members and Kansas patients have all been working through the bugs to make sure the product is working correctly for Kansas patients and providers.

As of last month, sixteen Kansas health care organizations are using MyHealth eRecords in a pilot mode.  As a restul, a number of critical changes have been made, including the increase of content and availability of documents, helping patients successfully use MyHealth eRecords. The early pilots found that patients needed more support in understanding how to navigate through the software and how to use all the features available. A patient brochure and pamphlet have now been developed and are available on the KHIN website on the MyHealth eRecords page.

In other developments, Phase 2 of MyHealth eRecords has now officially commenced. Phase 2 allows summary of care documents that are sent to the KHIN health information exchange to also automatically be sent to the patient's MyHealth eRecords account. Additionally, patients receive notification via email or text that their new health information is available to them. This will allow Kansas patients to keep all of their health information in one location.

KHIN is working closely with our technology partners, Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) and NoMoreClipBoard (NMC) to establish the technical architecture necessary to move the summary of care document from the exchange to the patient's MyHealth eRecord. We expect this work to be completed by the end of the summer.

MyHealth eRecords is provided at no cost to all people who receive care from Kansas health care organizations, however health information can only be sent to MyHealth eRecords by KHIN members. For more information regarding MyHealth eRecords please contact Michelle McGuire at mmcguire@khinonline.org.

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