April 2019
Issue: 5
MHC Updates
President's Message
MHC has been busy the past quarter with new additions to our board of directors and MHC Participants. In addition, I had the opportunity to speak and participate in a panel with other HIE executives at the Midwest Health IT Summit in Cleveland, OH. At the Summit I met and discussed interoperability and HIE optimization with other health care professionals.

MHC is blooming this spring as we focus on strategic goals set in place to enhance our Participants with actionable and meaningful data, tools, services, and analytics. MHC recently released a request for proposal ( RFP ) for Population Health Management & Health Analytics System Selection . This RFP was sent out to effectively fulfill MHC’s need for a solution to support population health management as well as business analytics that MHC can utilize to grow and advance organizationally and financially . We look forward to finding the best technology to provide to MHC Participants.

The next MHC User's Connection is coming up quickly! On May 21st, we will further discuss additions of benefits, uses, upgrades and updates with our Participants. MHC Participants be sure to mark your calendars for May 21st at 12:30pm!

Look for more updates on our social media pages and MHC website!


President & CEO, Angie Bass
MHC Welcomes New Board Members
Mike Paasch
VP Information Technology
SSM Health

Mike Paasch, Vice President and Regional CIO at SSM Health since 1999, manages the information systems and telecommunications needs for the entities and business units within SSM Health St. Louis. Working with regional and corporate leadership, he leads the efforts of enabling technology providing advances in strategic business initiatives and the organizational mission of SSM Health. Mike’s role includes the standardization of technology, applications and support models that enhance efficiency and improve his colleague’s ability to share information and processes. Mike is a longtime employee of SSM, with 34 years of service in various roles. Mike received his undergraduate degree in MIS from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and his MBA from Lindenwood University. “Utilizing technology through HIE’s is critical in today’s healthcare environment to insure our caregivers have access to the correct information at the correct time to improve patient care and its associated costs. 
Karen Johnson
VP Data & Analytics
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Karen S. Johnson, PhD is the Vice President of Healthcare Insights & Partnerships at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC). Karen builds and implements Blue KC’s enterprise data management and analytic strategies - both within Blue KC and across the healthcare ecosystem in which Blue KC and its members interact. Karen brings experience that spans health strategy, data analysis, and research methods. Karen has worked in a variety of roles throughout the health insurance and health care industries for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Blue KC in 2017, she served as a consultant to Blue KC for six years and played an integral role in product development, marketing, and integrated health services. Previously, she worked as a benefits consultant, helping employers implement innovative approaches to benefit design. Karen earned her PhD in Health Policy and Management at The University of Kansas School of Medicine and her Master of Health Services Administration degree from Arizona State University. She graduated from Hanover College with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree.

Keith Woeljte, MD, PhD  
VP & CMIO, BJC HealthCare

Keith F. Woeltje, MD, PhD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for  BJC HealthCare . Keith is also a Professor of Medicine in infectious diseases at the Washington University School of Medicine. At BJC he leads clinical analytics, quality measurement and reporting, clinical decision support, and clinical informatics support, as well as clinical content for Epic and ancillary clinical systems. Keith co-chairs BJC’s data governance activities and works closely with IT on enhancing enterprise information architecture and data integration along with IT business engagement with clinical services. Keith earned his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He subsequently trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Barnes Hospital (now Barnes-Jewish Hospital) and Washington University School of Medicine. After serving on the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia, he rejoined Washington University and BJC in 2004, serving in a variety of roles.
New MHC Participants


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) is a welcomed new participant of the MHC network. Blue KC joined the MHC network to better serve patients in Missouri. Blue KC is now one of three payors in the MHC network. With over 80 years of experience, Blue KC strives to provide affordable access to health care and improve the health of their members. For more information about Blue KC, click here .
Baron Cardiology, PC

Baron Cardiology Group, PC is the newest clinic to become a participant of MHC! MHC is excited to have the Springfield, Missouri based clinic join our network. Baron Cardiology treats patients in coordination with CoxHealth. For more information about Baron Cardiology, click here .

The newest pharmacy participant, The Medicine Shoppe, located in St. Clair, Missouri, is a great addition to our network. The Medicine Shoppe believes every patient should receive quality care by giving each patient the time and dedication they deserve. For more information about The Medicine Shoppe, click here .
80+ hospitals
7,000+ physicians
350+ Clinics/Physician Practices
50 behavioral health facilities 
25 post-acute care facilities  
13 FQHCs
ACOs
CMOs
Health Plans (Commercial, Medicare/Medicaid)
Long-term Care
Skilled Nursing Facilities

MHC Patient Consent:
6,575,778+
Total MRN in EMPI:
21,722,298+
Total Unique MPIID:
12,790,193+
MHC in the News
Midwest Healthcare IT Summit

Midwest Healthcare IT Summit kicked off March 19th with leaders from around the midwest region to discuss health IT, interoperability, health exchange, and more innovative and transformative information.

Angie Bass served as a panelist for The Future of Healthcare Data Exchange panel discussion alongside Doug Dietzman, Great Lake Health Connect CEO, Keith Kelley, Indiana HIE COO, and Dan Paoletti, CliniSync Ohio Health Information Partnership CEO.

Later, Bass presented individually on HIE's Putting Data into Action . Bass focused on utilization and adoption to ensure organizations are optimizing the use of HIE services.

"You've got three clicks to get [a clinician] the data. If it takes more than three clicks, then you've lost them", Bass explained during her presentation. The goal is to enhance workflow, usability and streamline meaningful, actionable data for doctors and patients.
Missouri Health Connection's CEO Defends HIE's Value
Angie Bass - Missouri Health Connection's president and CEO - discusses MHC's HIE journey, the biggest challenges that exist today, and how the organization is providing value for its members.

www.hcinnovationgroup.com
Missouri Health Connection and DrFirst Partner to Expand and Improve State-Wide Access to Life-Saving Medication History Data
New data now available to increase patient safety and improve outcomes through access to extensive prescribing information at the point-of-care.

www.drfirst.com
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