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The Missouri Regional Extension Center Partners with The HIT Community to Engage, Inform and Thrive in the Age of Online Healthcare Collaboration

The HIT Community (HITC) provides information and support for the millions of professionals in the healthcare workforce responding to critical business changes in healthcare through a knowledge network of public and private online communities and collaborative workgroups. HITC delivers the relevant, practical and actionable information providers need to succeed in the evolving healthcare industry. Read more »

Adoption & Implementation Webinar October 5: Provider Incentive Tool Overview

October 4, 2012 - HITRC Training Team is hosting a webinar October 5, 2012, at NOON EST that provides an overview and live demo of the Healthcare Provider Incentive Tool, which can be used in the field to determine which CMS programs are applicable to a given provider. Read more »

Advanced Webinar Series: Patient Portals and the Patient Service Strategy

October 3, 2012 - Take the opportunity to learn more about utilizing Patient Portals by joining our upcoming webinar, Thursday October 11, 2012 at 5-6 PM CST. The webinar will be presented by Ron Sterling of Sterling Solutions, Ltd. Mr. Sterling frequently speaks on healthcare technology to a variety of provider and industry groups, including medical societies and specialty groups. His presentations cover a variety of issues including EHR selection and implementation, HITECH Meaningful Use, and HIPAA Privacy and Security. Read more »

Delta Regional Authority and American Health Information Management Association: Health IT Workforce Revolving Loan Fund Program

October 1, 2012 - The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have teamed up to address the health of the Delta region through a new initiative: Health IT Workforce Revolving Loan Fund Program. DRA covers specific counties within Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee (please refer to page 2 for a list of eligible counties). Read more »

Health Connection (MHC) Partners and Five Healthcare Organizations to be Leaders in the Statewide Health Information Network

October 1, 2012 - On September 25, 2012 Missouri Health Connection announced a partnership with five healthcare organizations. These organizations are the first to participate in Missouri's groundbreaking electronic medical information network: BJC HealthCare, Burrell Behavioral Health, Mercy, Nevada Health Clinic, and SSM HealthCare. Read more »

Advanced Webinar Series: Immunization Registry: The road from MU testing to benefits of ShowMeVax

September 10, 2012 - Our Advanced webinar series will continue on September 13th, as we focus on "Immunization Registry -- The road from MU testing to benefits of ShowMeVax". Our presenter will be Marsha Dolan, professor and coordinator of the Health Informatics and Information Management Program at Missouri Western State University. Read more »

Vendor Appeals Process

  • Per guidance provided by ONC (ONC-REC-PAL-001 from 11/2/2010), all Regional Extension Centers are expected to provide an appeal process (per 45 CFR 74.41) for vendors who did not meet the selection criteria during the initial screening process.
  • The MO HIT Assistance Center indicates on its website, it will provide such appeal opportunities to EHR vendors not selected during the initial screening process

CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs: Stage 2 Final Rule

August 28, 2012 - On August 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule to govern Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The rule specifies the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs. Read more »

Health IT Workforce Revolving Loan Program

A new Health IT Workforce Revolving Loan Fund Program is available, and healthcare providers, including physicians and dentists from small practices, who are eligible for meaningful use incentives under HITECH may be eligible for interest free loans to meet the upfront costs of purchasing EHRs. These loans will be paid back when the providers receive their meaningful use incentives. Providers must reside in one of the DRA-eligible counties listed at the very bottom of this email. Here are links to the fact sheet describing the program and eligibility requirement and the application form. Read more »

Disaster Recovery & HIT: A Lesson From Joplin Advanced Webinar Series

July 31, 2012 - As more medical offices make the switch to an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, they may not realize they are investing in the future of their practice and their patients. By protecting patients' medical records from catastrophe, you can help ensure continuity of medical information at a time of great need. Debra Davidson, COO of ACCESS Family Care, was in the forefront ensuring care to the people of Joplin within hours of the devastating tornado in May 2011. Dr. Read more »

EHR Success Stories

The devastating tornado that swept through Joplin, Missouri on May 22 completely destroyed a number of physician offices, including that of Tracy Godfrey, MD, a Family Practitioner with the Family Health Center of Joplin. But thanks to electronic health records, Godfrey had access to all of her patients' information, and in less than three days after the catastrophe, the practice was able to reopen its doors at a temporary location. More EHR Success Stories