IHCA Bulletin - 07/06/2010  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Regulatory
•  Change in criminal background checks
•  New from CMS
•  Be prepared: Review flood disaster plans now!
Health Care Reform
•  Federal agencies issue "Grandfather" rule
•  Seek support for Medicaid Reform
•  Resources on Medicare bundling pilot program
•  Health insurance reform and consumer protection rule released
National News
•  AHCA this week
•  Driving for Quality Care RV Tour to make Iowa stop
Awards
•  Iowa recipients of AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards
•  Iowa CNAs shine at NAHCA annual convention
•  Your programs and people are winners! Nominate them today!
Health Information Technology
•  Watch for Iowa e-Health assessment in e-mail
Education
•  Don't be left in the dark on MDS and health care reform
•  Now's the time to get AL management certified
•  AHCA/NCAL convention early bird registration ends July 21
Resources
•  Free consumer education materials
•  Featured Associate Member

 

Watch for Iowa e-Health assessment in e-mail

Your long term care organizations will receive an email in July from the University of Iowa Public Policy Center asking you to complete an online Iowa e-Health assessment. By completing the assessment, you will help ensure long term care providers' voices are heard in health information technology (health IT) planning and implementation.

Your long term care organizations will receive an email in July from the University of Iowa Public Policy Center asking you to complete an online Iowa e-Health assessment. By completing the assessment, you will help ensure long term care providers' voices are heard in health information technology (health IT) planning and implementation. The assessment will include questions regarding:

  • Health IT capabilities (e.g., access to the internet or broadband networks)
  • Preferences for types of high value clinical data exchange (e.g., electronic prescribing, continuity of care documents, lab results, medication lists)
  • Perceived benefits and barriers to health IT use

Iowa e-Health is a public and private collaboration whose mission is to improve health care quality, safety and efficiency through the use of health IT. This includes electronic health records (EHRs) and other electronic clinical software to collect and store patient health information, and a statewide health information exchange (HIE) to share health records across the boundaries of health care settings.

To best plan and implement the components of health IT, including Iowa’s statewide HIE, it’s important to understand providers’ capabilities, preferences, and perceptions of health IT.  To help us accomplish this, Iowa e-Health, in collaboration with the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, need your participation in this assessment of health IT issues facing long-term care providers in Iowa.

Visit www.idph.state.ia.us/ehealth for more information about Iowa e-Health and plans for the statewide HIE. If you have questions, contact Kory Schnoor at or 515.281.6068.