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IEHIO Seeks Clinical Informatics Director

Job Title:  Clinical Informatics Director, Inland Empire Health Information Organization (IEHIO)
Location:
  Riverside & San Bernardino Counties, CA (Inland Southern California)
Office Location
:
Riverside
Type: 
Fulltime

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ABOUT IEHIO
IEHIO is a non-profit grass-roots organization providing linkage between healthcare stakeholders in the Inland Empire and Manifest MedEX, a statewide HIE formed through the merger of Inland Empire Health Information Exchange and Cal INDEX. The focus of IEHIO is on driving HIE utilization in ways that address local priorities and use cases for sharing data while continuing to expand HIE participation in the Inland Empire. IEHIO goals are to coordinate data sharing services not only for treatment at the point of care, but also for care management and population health analytics specific to participant needs and programs; while promoting a community-wide data-sharing model that improves healthcare for all residents of the Inland Empire. IEHIO has also established a Data Servicing and System Administration Group in support of Community Projects which include EMR workflow integration, population health, a community resource platform and E-consults.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Clinical Informatics Director works closely with the IEHIO Project Lead and IEHIO Participating Providers to ensure that developed functionality of the Manifest MedEx HIE platform meets IEHIO participant needs and make recommendations regarding health IT developments for consideration by IEHIO Board which will then be relayed to Manifest MedEx for product development priorities and requirements. Will work with healthcare organizations and providers to enable technology use for quality improvement and enhancement of care outcomes and to identify priority use cases for the HIE at the community level, for specific programs and/or specific participants. Will communicate and deliver presentations describing the value of IEHIO services. Will provide input to IEHIO committees and workgroups.

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
Primarily responsible for outreach and public relations with C-Suite Executives of IEHIO participants and will work with Project Manager, Manifest MedEx and IT Initiative vendors in developing communication, training and education to support technology initiatives and implementations.

Lead and/or participate in IEHIO Committees focusing on policy, product development and aligning clinical strategies with providers, technologies and health plans for the achievement of triple aim outcomes and that provide value-added benefits to participating providers. Participate in MX committees and workgroups.

Introduce and gain consensus support for HIE and IT strategies by physicians, hospitals, healthcare delivery systems, educational institutions, and related organizations.

Represent IEHIO at key forums/meetings.

QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS

  • M.D. or RN Degree
  • 3+ years of experience in project management required; experience in an integrated health system or health environment preferred
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills a must;
  • Position requires interacting with individuals from a variety of environments and IT literacy, including community based health providers and practice staff, hospital administrators and IS staff, partners from statewide HIE network, state office staff, etc
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Strength in strategic thinking, analysis and problem solving, collaboration, and a results oriented focus
  • Understanding of the technical solutions, governance, standards and policies for a Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) is required
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment, as well as work independently

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    Submit CVs to dgreen@rcmanet.org

Recognizing the Signs of Physician Burnout

Physicians May Be Prone to Burnout: Recognize the Warning Signs

More than half of U.S. physicians report symptoms of burnout — a 25% increase from 2013 to 2017.¹ This is a serious concern, because physician burnout can lead to patients suffering adverse events² or leave physicians unable to express empathy and compassion with their patients.³

In this special report, the Risk Management Specialists at NORCAL help you identify the signs of physician burnout so you can address it before it harms your practice.

Concerns

  • Learn why physician burnout is a serious problem.

Challenges

  • Recognize warning signs of physician burnout.

Best Practices

  • Know the specialties with the highest rates of physician burnout.

 

Diagnosing Physician Burnout - Special Report

 


3 Steps to Responding to Negative Online Comments

Responding to the Challenge of Online Physician Ratings

 The growth of online physician rating sites is causing a lot of physicians to feel like they’re losing control of their reputations. When seeing negative comments online, it’s natural for professionals to want to respond immediately to defend their reputations. But is that always the best course of action?

In this special report, NORCAL's risk management experts discuss the pros and cons of responding to negative online comments and lay out three steps to developing a plan of action for responding to them.  

Risk Areas

  • Learn the risks involved with responding to negative online comments.

Case Study

  • See how other medical professionals have put themselves and their practices at risk.

Best Practices

  • Learn 3 steps to develop a plan of action for your practice.

2016 RCMA Annual Report


AMA Letter to Congress on AHCA

Earlier today, the AMA sent a letter to Congress in opposition to the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which is scheduled for a vote on the House floor tomorrow.

Modifications made to the bill following consideration by the committees of jurisdiction did not address the AMA’s chief concerns, which were expressed to Congress in previous correspondence. More specifically, the bill that will be considered on the House floor will not preserve recent gains in health insurance coverage, nor will it make meaningful and affordable coverage more available to low and moderate income Americans. Changes proposed to the Medicaid program will reduce federal support and erode the health care safety net, and Medicaid enrollees will be denied access to covered services provided by certain qualified health care providers.

Prospects for a successful floor vote in the House are uncertain. If the bill does pass, the Senate intends to consider it next week and will very likely make changes due to both parliamentary issues and policy concerns.

RCMA will keep your apprised of developments.

Read AMA Letter To Congress


Cal INDEX and Inland Empire HIE will merge to form California’s largest health information exchange; former White House technology advisor named CEO

Statewide nonprofit health information exchange will include more than 16 million health information records and participation from 150 provider partners

SAN FRANCISCO (January 10, 2017) --- The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE) today announced a planned merger that will create one of the nation’s most comprehensive nonprofit health information exchanges (HIEs).

Claudia Williams, former White House technology senior advisor, will lead the new organization as CEO, effective February 1, 2017. The merger, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017 and will operate as a tax-exempt public benefit corporation under a new name.

The new HIE will combine the 11.7 million claims records from Cal INDEX founding members Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross with the 5 million clinical patient records of IEHIE and its 150 participating partners. HIEs help improve the quality of the patient experience, support collaboration and coordination and improve efficiencies by making it easier for doctors, hospitals and other care providers to securely review, analyze and share medical information across the healthcare system.

“The creation of this new statewide health information exchange by IEHIE and Cal INDEX is an important milestone in transforming California’s healthcare system into a coordinated system that delivers higher quality and more efficient care to all Californians,” said Dr. Bradley Gilbert, Chairman of the IEHIE Board of Directors. Mark Savage, Chairman of the Cal INDEX Board of Directors and director of health information technology policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women & Families, added: “Claudia is the ideal candidate to lead this new entity. She is a strategic and transformational leader with national experience managing and scaling health information exchanges. With Claudia, California’s statewide HIE gets the rare combination of breadth and depth.”

Williams brings more than 25 years of healthcare technology experience to the role, most recently as senior advisor for Health Innovation and Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to the White House, Williams was the Director of HIE for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. She earned an M.S. in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a B.A. in political science from Duke University.

“Claudia’s track record of developing strategic partnerships with technology, provider, consumer and health plan leaders will be invaluable as Cal INDEX and Inland Empire HIE add new partners and bring value to providers and patients throughout the state,” said Dr. Gilbert.

“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to lead the new organization and collaborate with our partners to improve patient care for all Californians,” Williams said. “Our goal is to deliver compelling products and services that support California’s hospitals, providers and patients in their efforts to improve care coordination, reduce inefficiencies, address gaps in care and enhance patient experience.”

About Cal INDEX
Cal INDEX is an independent, nonprofit organization that is developing a statewide HIE. This uniquely comprehensive collection of electronic patient records includes clinical data from healthcare providers and health insurers combined into a single longitudinal patient record. Cal INDEX’s technology platform provides hospitals and physicians with real-time access to a patient’s vital healthcare information. This innovation will improve the quality of patient care, improve the efficiency of delivering and coordinating care, and reduce the cost of healthcare services. Cal INDEX was founded through seed funding from Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross. For more information, visit www.calindex.org

About Inland Empire HIE
IEHIE’s mission and vision is to achieve continuity of care in the Inland Empire and other communities by aligning providers and patients to securely exchange health information in a trusted and timely manner. The Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (San Bernardino & Riverside) works with other California county hospitals, medical centers, medical groups, clinics, IPAs, physician practices, health plans, public health and other healthcare providers to bring needed technology to participants, allowing them to share electronic patient health records throughout the state. IEHIE gives healthcare providers immediate access to state-of-the-art electronic patient health data. It allows doctors, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare providers to electronically access medical records, which results in timely, secure and improved quality of healthcare for the patients in the community. For more information, visit: www.iehie.org

AMA Statement on the Future of Health Care Reform

Download AMA Vision on Health Reform

“The AMA House of Delegates, reflecting more than 170 state and specialty medical societies from across the country, today reaffirmed its commitment to health care reform that improves access to care for all patients.

“Using a comprehensive policy framework that has been refined over the past two decades, the AMA will actively engage the incoming Trump Administration and Congress in discussions on the future direction of health care. The AMA remains committed to improving health insurance coverage so that patients receive timely, high quality care, preventive services, medications and other necessary treatments. 

“A core principle is that any new reform proposal should not cause individuals currently covered to become uninsured. We will also advance recommendations to support the delivery of high quality patient care.  Policymakers have a notable opportunity to also reduce excessive regulatory burdens that diminish physicians’ time devoted to patient care and increase costs.

“Health care reform is a journey involving many complex issues and challenges, and the AMA is committed to working with federal and state policymakers to advance reforms to improve the health of the nation.”

Andrew W. Gurman, M.D.
President, American Medical Association


ELECTION NIGHT 2016: One for the history books!

MACRA before and afterOnce again, the California Medical Association took on tough fights and prevailed. We won all of our statewide ballot measure endorsements, including three local initiatives in the Bay area.

Together, we voted to…

  • Invest in Medi-Cal. (Yes on Prop. 56, 55 and 52) • Save lives, reduce smoking rates and prevent thousands of children from starting in the first place. (Yes on Prop. 56)
  • Triple the funding for California's anti-smoking programs. (Yes on Prop. 56)
  • Provide more essential services like medical check-ups, immunizations, prescriptions and dental/vision care for 13 million low-income Californians, including seven million children. (Yes on Prop. 52)
  • Prevent an increase in state prescription drug costs, as well as preserve patient access to medications. (No on Prop. 61)
  •  Protect public health and clarify the role of physicians in controlling and regulating the adult use of cannabis. (Yes on Prop. 64)
  • Reduce sugar intake to prevent diabetes and obesity. (Yes on Measures V (San Francisco), HH (Oakland) and O1 (Albany))
  • Break down barriers and removed outdated bilingual education mandates to better reflect California's diverse society. (Yes on Prop. 58) • Ensure critical infrastructure projects – including hospitals and medical facilities – aren't subject to delays or loss of local control. (No on Prop. 53)
  • Strengthen California's ability to prevent gun violence. (Yes on Prop. 63)

Voters made health care a priority

 In the coming months, we'll work to ensure the new revenue reaches the communities most in need of access to health care and improved services.

Voters sent a clear signal that they are willing to support investments in public health and that they are tired of Sacramento chronically underfunding health care. CMA's alignment with voters further demonstrates our strength and ability to fight for physicians throughout the state and in all modes of practice.

And on the national front – there are more questions than answers, but one thing is clear: we could be facing a major shake-up.

How will the next Congress and Trump's administration handle the Affordable Care Act? Rising drug prices? Health and Human Services secretary? Medicaid expansion? Mega-mergers?

Regardless of what comes next, CMA will continue to keep California's physicians in the driver's seat on health care policy. And we're working ahead to 2018 to ensure the next Governor reflects our values, including the protection of MICRA and investments in public health.

I want to thank each of you for your support and dedication to CMA. Your membership drives this organization to excellence. Together, we stand stronger.

 

Dustin Corcoran
CMA CEO






Nondiscrimination Statement Posting

Physicians who provide services to Medicare or Medi-Cal patients must comply with new nondiscrimination posting requirements effective October 16th. Here are the steps RCMA recommends for compliance:

1. Read the members only FAQ: Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Final Rule: Notices of Consumer Rights and Taglines

2. Download the Notice of Nondiscrimination in English along with the Tagline Statements with the 15 top languages spoken in California.

3. Customize the Notice of Nondiscrimination and tagline statements with your practices information:

  • Your practice name [Name of covered entity]
  • Your phone numbers (use your office number)
  • TTY (TTY: 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx) if your office has one.

4. If you have 15 or more employees you must also:

  • Designate a responsible employee “Civil Rights Coordinator” to coordinate the practice’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Section 1557. (Note: the taglines must include the phone number for the practice’s designated “Civil Rights Coordinator”)
  • Adopt Grievance Procedures to provide for prompt and equitable resolutions of any allegations of Section 1557 violations. See OCR Sample Grievance Procedures.

5. Post the Non Discrimination Notice along with the 15 Tagline Statements in conspicuous physical locations where the physician practice interacts with the public (See FAQs for more details)

6. Submit an Assurance of Compliance form to OCR

A couple of additional resources include:

If you still have additional questions, please contact our Physician Advocate Mitzi Young at myoung@cmanet.org, (888) 236-0267, (909) 654-0381-mobile or CMA Legal at (800) 786-4262.


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