Community Record of Care for Accountable Communities of Health


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Second Round of Rural Grant Funding

Island Hospital and Medical Information Network - North Sound (MIN-NS) have been awarded $285,000 in a second round of funding to continue connecting health providers and patients in rural areas to providers of services outside their community.

By Duncan West at 22 May 2015

Skagit Health Information Exchange Wins Federal Grant

The grant supports MIN-NS’ efforts to enrich the existing Health Information Exchange with integrated telehealth; and certified, secure e-mail. MIN-NS will also have funds to integrate the electronic medical records of independent rural providers in Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties. The grant focus is on providers of care for patients in rural areas.

By Duncan West at 8 May 2015

Telehealth comes to a Washington town near you

Governor Inslee signed into law a measure that moves telehealth visits closer to parity with traditional, face to face patient care. We posted earlier in the year about the bills being considered. Bottom line is that all payers except CMS will be required to support professional fees for telehealth services delivered to patients in rural AND urban care settings.

By Duncan West at 29 Apr 2015

Whidbey Patients Now in Community Record of Care

Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics staff are trained and live on the MIN-NS HIE as of the end of March. Significant numbers of Whidbey Island residents travel off island for specialist care not available locally. They return to their primary and other local providers for follow up and ongoing care.

By Duncan West at 6 Apr 2015

Telemedicine, Where and When it Hurts

Telemedicine is one of the tools which will increase access and decrease cost in healthcare delivery. Currently, direct provider to patient visits over secure video links are only reimbursed when the patient is in a clinic in an officially designated rural area. And then only by certain payers. That model works for followup specialist visits for patients on Orcas or Lopez Islands, or Concrete.

By Duncan West at 26 Jan 2015
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