September 2018

South Carolina Physicians Engage Early in Statewide Health Information Exchange
Carolina eHealth Network, delivered in partnership with the South Carolina Medical Association, is pleased to announce statewide interest is growing in Carolina eHealth Network, the physician-led health information exchange.

Three Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialty practices with multiple clinic locations have signed on and committed to contributing data to the HIE, including: Greenwood E.N.T. Associates, PA, Greenwood; E.N.T. Surgeon Anthony E. Harris, MD, PA, Aiken; and Coastal Carolina Otolaryngology Associates, PA, Myrtle Beach. Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive eye surgery specialists at Low Country Eye Associates, LLC, Bluffton have also joined the HIE.
Gregory Tarasidis, MD, Greenwood E.N.T. Associates, and chair of the HIE Advisory Committee said, “partnering with Carolina eHealth Network across our practices and the state of South Carolina, drives the common goal of delivering the best possible patient care and benefits our entire state’s medical community. We are excited to be a part of this physician-led solution.”

The Carolina eHealth Network HIE is unique and reaches beyond the simple transmission of data at the point of care. The Carolina eHealth Network offers a suite of innovative technology tools to help physicians share patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety. Participating physicians, hospitals and other providers share patient health information, including information from all providers and facilities from whom a patient has received care.

Richard Osman, MD, otolaryngology specialist in Myrtle Beach said, “we are excited to be participating in the Carolina eHealth Network. Physicians are undergoing major changes in their workplace, and we believe this is a unique opportunity for us to step ahead of the game and lead the way.”

Practices contributing and sharing HIE data and those completing the integration process will soon be sharing patient information to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety. This collaborative effort empowers South Carolina physicians and healthcare providers as they transition to new models of healthcare delivery, quality reporting, and performance-based payments. Physicians can proactively manage their patients’ care in ways that have never been possible before while also establishing efficient methods to meet changing quality reporting requirements.

Healthcare Needs to Catch-up; It's Time to #killthefax
In medical facilities throughout the country, physicians, nurses, and staff are placing medical records in a tray, dialing a number, pressing send to fax private health information across town, across the state, or around the world. According to one private firm’s estimate, 75 percent of all healthcare communications are sent by fax. Isn’t it time we change this picture and #killthefax?

While industries such as banking, insurance, and education consider faxing a nearly antiquated form of communication, many in healthcare have not transitioned to the digital transfer of information. The fax’s endurance may be a symptom of regulations, technological limitations, or simply tradition. The lack of privacy for personal health information, the uncertainty and unreliability on the part of the end user, half-printed and missing pages, are all critical reasons to #killthefax.

In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their goal to eliminate fax machines from physician offices by 2020. CMS Administrator Seema Verma noted healthcare is stuck in a 1990s time warp — it is possible to keep patient data secure while sharing it with them. Verma challenged developers to help make doctors’ offices a fax free zone by 2020. 

Recently released research dubbed, ‘Faxploit’, demonstrates how cyber criminals can now infiltrate a corporate network by exploiting all-in-one-printer-fax machines. The only thing required to carry out the attack is a fax number. Another reason to #killthefax.

Interoperability remains the key in accomplishing the #killthefax initiative. 

Participation in health information exchange, such as Carolina eHealth Network, will not only help #killthefax in South Carolina but also allows healthcare providers to quickly access their patients’ data across disparate healthcare systems, reducing treatment delays and enhancing clinical decision making. The HIE supports patient care coordination and transitions of care by allowing healthcare professionals to access their patients’ most recent test results, procedures , diagnoses , and medications in a secure environment.
Why Carolina eHealth Network?
To learn more about Carolina eHealth Network's #killthefax initiative, visit www.carolinaehealthnetwork.com/killthefax .

How to Get Started with Carolina eHealth Network
Have you heard about Carolina eHealth Network, the physician-led statewide health information exchange in partnership with the South Carolina Medical Association? 

Learn how Carolina eHealth Network can help you provide better quality patient care – and help you with MIPS quality reporting.

  • Call Carolina eHealth Network (855-719-4181) to schedule a product demonstration – view the physician portal and see the web-based analytics dashboards at work. 

  • Carolina eHealth Network will collect key information about your practice or clinic, such as location, type of organization, and current EHR.

  • A Carolina eHealth Network Integration Project Manager will schedule and perform a technology assessment with your organization.

  • Once the technology assessment is completed, Carolina eHealth Network will be back in touch to review project details and pricing. 

Schedule a demo for today! See how Carolina eHealth Network can help you Connect, Analyze, Engage and Transform your practice.

Keeping Pace with the Interoperability Landscape TEFCA, What It Is and How It Will Work
CMS has posted new resources on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) final score, performance feedback, and payment adjustment, as well as the targeted review process.  

The new resources include:

For More Information: Visit the Quality Payment Program Resources Library on CMS.gov to review new and existing Quality Payment Program resources. Contact the Quality Payment Program at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or 1-866-288-8292 (TTY 1-877-715-6222).  

Just a reminder CMS reporting for the Quality Payment Programs can be simplified using the tools and resources of CarolinaeHealthNetwork. For more information on Carolina eHealth Network, contact Russell Calicutt at rcalicutt@scmedical.org or visit www.carolinaehealthnetwork.com .  

Visit the QPP Website to View MIPS Final Performance Feedback Data
If you submitted 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through Quality Payment Program Website , you can now view your performance feedback and MIPS final score.  

Access your performance feedback and final score by:
  • Going to the Quality Payment Program website
  • Login using your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials; these are the same EIDM credentials that allowed you to submit your MIPS data

If you don’t have an EIDM account, refer to this guide and start the process now. In the coming weeks, CMS will provide additional guidance to help walk through how to review your feedback and to assist in answering your questions.   

Please note: The final performance year for the Value-Based Modifier and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) programs was 2016; therefore, CMS will no longer provide PQRS Feedback Reports or Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs). The final reports under these programs were provided in September 2017 and remain available for download through the end of this year.  

Likewise, if you participated in a MIPS Alternative Payment Model (APM) in 2017, specifically in a Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) or Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO), your performance feedback is now available to your ACO (APM Entity) via the Quality Payment Program website . Participant TINs in Shared Savings Program will be able to login to the Quality Payment Program website directly to access final performance feedback. Participants in Next Generation ACOs will need to request feedback from a representative (such as a security official) within their APM Entity.  

Please note: Because all clinicians in the Next Generation ACO Model were Qualifying APM participants, performance feedback for the 2017 performance year will not be provided.

Under the MIPS APM Scoring Standard, the performance feedback, accessible to the APM Entity, will be based on the APM Entity score and is applicable to all MIPS eligible clinicians within the APM Entity group. This feedback and score does not have any impact on the Shared Savings Program or Next Generation ACOs’ quality assessment. 

Questions?  If you have questions about your performance feedback or MIPS final score, please contact the Quality Payment Program by:   

Phone: 1-866-288-8292/TTY: 1-877-715-6222 or

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October 8 - 10, 2018
South Carolina Office of Rural Health
22nd Annual Rural Health Conference
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Russell Calicutt
Executive Director
Carolina eHealth Network
855.719.4181