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March 2011

KHIN adopts pricing structure

At the February KHIN Board of Directors Meeting the pricing structure for hospitals and prescribing providers was approved.  The pricing for hospitals is based on  adjusted patient days.  This metric represents both inpatient and outpatient volume and combines them together into one value that can be used as a proxy for the amount of data sharing that will take place within a health system.   Pricing bands were then established with assistance from the Kansas Hospital Association.  The goal was to share the cost fairly across all participating organizations.


From the Executive Director

McCrary_Laura_webLaura McCrary

February and early March have been unbelievably busy and very exciting.  This is due in part to the fact that many Kansas hospitals have registered (or are planning on registering) for their Meaningful Use Incentive funds and are very interested in how they can connect to the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN).

The KHIN team which also includes Melissa Hungerford (KHA), Michael Aldridge (REC) and Heather Townsend (ICA) traveled across Kansas to meet with a wide variety of hospital leaders who are preparing to attest in 2011 that they meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements. Hospitals and communities that we visited included: Hays Medical Center (February 10); Newton Medical Center (February 16); Salina Regional Health Center (February 18) and Memorial Health System–Abilene (February 18).


ICA adds staff to KS/MO region

Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) has added two staff members who are assigned to our region to implement the health information exchange technology for the state of Kansas and western Missouri.


Kansas Legislature considers updates to privacy laws

columnsSenate Bill 133 otherwise known as the K-HITE Act was introduced in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and passed the Senate on a 39-0 vote. The bill would update the State’s medical privacy laws and set the foundation for the development of health information exchange.  The legislation is the culmination of work by a large number of health care stakeholders that includes the Kansas Hospital Association, the Kansas Medical Society, the Kansas Health Information Exchange Inc. and many health care providers throughout Kansas.  


KHIN begins discussions with Nebraska HIE

NeHII2-mediumOn March 3, 2011, representatives from KHIN and Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) had a first in a long series of meetings with representatives from the Nebraska Health Information Exchange (NeHII) and Axolotl, their technology vendor.  The group discussed the process and procedures that will be necessary to begin sharing data between the two states.  The discussion focused on two different use cases.  First, the group discussed the  process to share community level data when a patient crosses a state line to receive health care and how health information would be shared; second, talks focused on the process for sharing state level data including immunizations and public health data.


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