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EHR Hardship Applications - 2nd Notice PDF Print E-mail

News Updates | May 1, 2014
Second Notice to Eligible Professionals


Eligible Professionals: Hardship Exception Applications due July 1, 2014 (Repost of Notice)

Are you a Medicare provider who was unable to successfully demonstrate meaningful use for 2013 due to circumstances beyond your control? CMS is accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment for the 2013 reporting year.

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EHR Hardship Applications for Eligible Professionals PDF Print E-mail

 News Updates | April 22, 2014

 

Eligible Professionals: Hardship Exception Applications due July 1, 2014

Are you a Medicare provider who was unable to successfully demonstrate meaningful use for 2013 due to circumstances beyond your control? CMS is accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment for the 2013 reporting year.

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CHCC Launches DIRECT Secure Messaging PDF Print E-mail

CHCC Launches DIRECT Secure Messaging for Health Information Exchange (HIE)

January 2014

Last week the CHCC launched its DIRECT Secure Messaging service and conducted initial training for health care providers island-wide.

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CHC GO LIVE! PDF Print E-mail

November 3rd 13, 2013, CHC conducts its most recent Go Live!

This Go Live is a continuation and progression of the CHC hospital to implement an Electronic Health Record system.  The RPMS EHR system was adopted to be the CHC Hospital EHR.

A “phased in” approach is being used to implement this Go Live which means that hospital In-Patient units will be phased in, one at a time, starting with the Psychiatric and Pediatric units.  Eventually, all of the hospital In-Patient units will be implemented as each unit is trained.

The CHC nursing staff and physicians are being trained to electronically document patient vital signs and progress notes including problem lists, care plans  into the RPMS EHR system.  The MAR will no longer be a hand written document and will be very legible because it will be printed.  Printed material will replace handwritten documentation in most parts of the CHC hospital.

Anthony Reyes (CHCC) and Stephanie Miyasaki (UH/TASI) are coordinating and leading this effort and involves the training of the entire physician and nursing staff at the CHC hospital.  The implementation team includes the hospital Clinical Application Coordinators (CAC’s), Daisy Cabrera and Jenaida Sablan, with Cid Mostales, Joe Quitagua and Jamie Fejeran from the hospital ITS department.

Previous to this Go Live, when the RPMS EHR was initially adopted, a similar Go Live was conducted to implement the RPMS Patient Registration, Admission/Discharge/Transfer application, and the Clinical Scheduling applications.  There are more Go Live implementations on the horizon with the Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) planned for the first quarter of 2014.  The outpatient departments and clinics at CHCC and Tinian and Rota Health Centers, will also Go-Live with the EHR in the first quarter of 2014.

This technology improves healthcare and benefits everyone within the CNMI community.  This Go Live implementation also allows the CHC hospital to attest to achieving Meaningful Use (MU) by demonstrating the hospital meets MU thresholds as set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The hospital will submit reports that show they have met the percentage thresholds for the first 90 day attestation period from February-April 2014.  

 
CNMI Expected To Benefit From Affordable Care Act PDF Print E-mail

‘Obamacare’ should ensure coverage available to everyone

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Oct. 4, 2013)
– Residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will get more benefits when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014, according to Advocacy Officer for the Consumer Assistance Program of the Department of Commerce Kaitlyn Neises-Mocanu.

 

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CMS EHR Incentive Awarded to CHCC PDF Print E-mail

2013-04-19 - Governor Eloy Inos presented a $1.4 million check to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC)  for CNMI Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Kagman CHC Grand Opening PDF Print E-mail

2013-04-05, Kagman Community Health Center (KCHC) opened its doors to the public and the Kagman community.  The ceremony was held at the Kagman Health Center.  To honor this event, in attendance were Governor Eloy Inos, Lt. Governor Jude Hofschneider, and Executive Director of PIPCA Clifford Chang, Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, and CEO Juan Babauta along with various members of the community.

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State Medicaid Agency Letter to Providers PDF Print E-mail

March 3, 2013 - The CNMI State Medicaid Agency issued an important letter to all Providers of Medicaid Services to provide guidance to the Providers on the next steps to qualify for the CNMI Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.  If a Provider acquired a certified EHR in 2011, 2012 or 2013, the Provider may be eligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive even if the Provider is not a Medicaid Provider today.

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Pharmacy Team Gears Up for EHR Implementation PDF Print E-mail

February 2013 - The Inpatient Pharmacy team of the Commonwealth Health Center (CHC) Hospital, together with Pharmacists from the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Service Corp, are gearing up for a full implementation of the Inpatient Pharmacy package of the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR).

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Marianas Eye Institute registers for CNMI EHR Incentive PDF Print E-mail

February 2013 - "The Marianas Eye Institute (MEI) became the first Eligible Provider to register for the CNMI Medicaid EHR Incentive program," said Helen Sablan.  The MEI was founded in 1997 and provides both optometric and ephthalmologic eye care services.  Ms. Sablan said that the claim by the MEI is under review by the CNMI Medicaid in accordance with the CNMI State Medicaid HIT Plan and the rules and regulations of the CMS EHR Incentive Program.

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CMS Approves CNMI SMHP on January 31, 2013 PDF Print E-mail

January 31, 2013 - The U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in a letter to Helen Sablan, the CNMI Medicaid Director, approved the CNMI State Medicaid HIT (Health Information Technology) Plan (SMHP).  The CNMI is the first U.S. territory or state in the Pacific Islands region to enable Eligible Provider and the Hospital to register in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

 

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