Members of the MediSked team were down in North Carolina last week for the 27th Annual North Carolina Association of Community Based ICF/IID & Innovations Service Providers Conference. MediSked President, Doug Golub, was proud to present on the topic of compliance with electronic health records.
This topic is especially pertinent because the state is in the middle of a transition as the North Carolina General Assembly enacted Session Law (SL 2015-245) to transform and reorganize NC’s Medicaid and NC Health Choice. One of the demonstration initiatives of the law is “supporting providers through engagement and innovation,” which includes provider integration to NC HealthConnex, the state’s health information exchange (HIE). Under the law all Medicaid providers must be connected and submitting data to the HIE by February 1, 2018 to receive payments for the Medicaid services provided. Additionally, all other entities that receive state funds for the provision of health services, including LMEs/MCOs (local management entities/managed care organizations) must be connected by June 1, 2018.
MediSked Connect – Agency Management Platform, MediSked Coordinate – Care Management Platform, and MediSked Connect Exchange – Multi-Agency Business Intelligence Platform support the legislation requiring providers to submit data to NC HealthConnex. While North Carolina providers must meet this requirement by February 2018, our solutions have already been integrated with a number of HIEs and regional health information organizations (RHIOs) across the country.
What does this new requirement mean for providers? Good things, actually:
Because regional HIEs and RHIOs are already connected with hospitals and medical providers, there is a significant amount of data that may be available to be shared with provider organizations. This connectivity will allow for the bi-directional flow of demographic, clinical, and care plan data, as well as real time alerting in situations such as hospitalizations or emergencies. This means you’ll have access to more information and a more holistic view of the individual, leading to better support, quality, and outcomes. Even better, this data doesn’t just have to stop at the provider level. When paired with the MediSked Person-Centered Portal, this information may then be shared with the individual, their circle of support, and other providers who support them.
In addition to supporting HIE and RHIO connectivity, both MediSked Connect and MediSked Coordinate meet Meaningful Use criteria, and have received EHR certification as required by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
If you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to request a demo. One of our dedicated experts would be happy to discuss how we can help your agency become compliant and improve efficiency, quality, and outcomes.