Kroger Pharmacy Columbus Division joins CliniSync

Kroger Pharmacy Columbus Division joins CliniSync

Kroger pharmacists join the CliniSync Health Information Exchange

It’s February and you’re a month into your New Year, New Me resolutions. Don’t get discouraged. It’s not too late to watch your waistline and budget by making sure you and your family are eating the healthiest foods at the lowest cost.

And believe it or not, your pharmacist can help.

Kroger pharmacists in 120 stores throughout Central Ohio can now electronically communicate with doctors’ offices to provide better patient care – whether it’s healthy foods for diabetics, immunizations for children, vaccinations for those who travel abroad, or smoking cessation for those who want to quit.

“Our goal is to leverage our convenient locations in a grocery store to be an important resource for Ohio’s health systems to improve the long-term health and wellness of patients in Ohio,” says Steve Burson, Pharmacy Clinical Sales Manager for the Kroger Columbus Division. “Kroger pharmacists are trained experts on proper medication use and immunizations. Plus, we have pharmacists specially trained on other services, such as health coaching and travel health."

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Ohio has largest number of practices, providers in CPC+ federal program

Congratulations to Ohio primary care practices! You make up 20% of the total number of practices and providers selected for CPC+ participation.

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is a national advanced primary care medical home model (PCMH) that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation. Here are statistics on practices and providers:
  • Ohio Largest Region in Number of Practice Sites: Of the 2,894 practice sites nationally, Ohio has 562 (19.4%). Michigan is the next largest region (448 sites; 15.4%) followed closely by New Jersey (436 sites; 15.1%). Among our three states, we have 50% of all the practice sites nationally. And 47 % of sites nationally are part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). 
  • Ohio Has Largest Number of Providers: Of the 13,092 providers nationally, Ohio has 2,566 (20%). Ohio and Michigan together have 35% of all providers. Adding in New Jersey, it brings the total to 45% of the national provider totals.
Of Ohio's 562 sites, 192 are Track 1 and 370 are Track 2. Track 1 represents a PCMH-type model with chronic care management requirements; Track 2 is much more sophisticated with emphasis on behavioral health integration, dementia support, and drug and alcohol treatment integration.

Superb webinar on prediabetes available online

Anyone who has worked in a medical practice knows that one of the toughest types of patients to code correctly are patients who are prediabetic. What to do with these patients—how to make sure you are capturing all your charges correctly—is a real issue.
However, there are many resources available that provide assistance and CliniSyncPLUS is a superb one. On Feb. 14, Cathy Costello, of CliniSyncPLUS Services and Diane Zucker, M.Ed., CCS-P, a national and state coding expert, presented the webinar, Prediabetes Screening & Coding: How to Easily Include Both into your Chronic Care Management Program.

Here are a few facts about diabetes:
  • 86 million Americans 20 years of age or older have prediabetes
  • This is 37% of the adult population
  • 51% of people 65 years or older have prediabetes
  • In Ohio, 13.5% or 1.3 million people have diabetes
  • Additionally, 286,000 Ohioans have diabetes but don’t even know it
  • 3 million Ohioans have prediabetes – 35% of our population
  • Every year an estimated 64,000 Ohioans are diagnosed with diabetes
  • Finally, diabetes costs an estimated $12 billion in Ohio each year
An online recording of the webinar can be accessed at: and you can view the article at: The webinar and article are part of CliniSync's work with the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Promotion through the Improving Ohio’s Health – 2017 series.

Welcome new practices and facilities!

We welcome new Community Members to CliniSync and hope you enjoy the benefits of health information exchange in your everyday work.

A & S Khandelwal, MD in Medina
Arbor View Family in Lancaster
Blanchard Valley Pediatrics in Findlay
Bluffton Physicians in Bluffton 
Columbus Free Clinic in Columbus 
Fairfield Internal Medicine in Lancaster
Heartland of Bellefontaine (HCR Manorcare) 
La Clinica Latina in Columbus
Mental Health America of Franklin County in Columbus
Muskingum Valley Health Center in Cambridge, Coshocton, Malta and Zanesville
Neurology Center in Lorain
Raj K. Bhatia, MD in Perrysburg
Ronald A. Freireich, DPM in Middleberg Heights and Woodmere Village
South Court Family Physicians in Medina

You can access a list and map of our CliniSync Community Members on our website. If your practice or facility is "live" on CliniSync but is not on the map or listing, please advise us and we'll make sure you appear! Please email us at with your practice name, address, county, and type of facility.

We're hiring an interface analyst!

We're hiring a CliniSync Interface Analyst who needs to be a highly motivated self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills. This individual must be a quick learner able to engage in the operations that are related to the implementation and support for CliniSync clients, including the development of software and interfaces used both internally and externally. Please review the position description for more information.

All interested applicants can submit their resumes to Lori Stewart

2/28 deadline to submit "reconsideration" forms for 2017 payment adjustment

The deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment - based on the 2015 EHR reporting period - is Feb. 26, 2017.No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Please visit the CMS website to find the EP Reconsideration Application. Complete this application if you received a letter from CMS that said you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in error.

For more guidance on completing the application, review the EP Reconsideration Instructions or e-mail

3/8 CSOHIMSS Lunch & Learn on OARRS

The CSOHIMSS Chapter and presenters from the 2016 Ohio Healthcare Information Technology (OHIT) Day will provide an update on the progress of the OARRS database integration and opioid epidemic.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

3/14 webinar on the effective use of a patient portal

CliniSyncPLUS Webinar Series: Improving Ohio’s Health - 2017

March 14, 2017 at Noon

Scott Mash, MSLIT, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Director, CliniSync Consulting Operations & HIE Outreach

Effective Use of a Patient Portal: Teaching Your Staff to Engage Your PatientsThis webinar will demonstrate how to be successful with the patient portal by sharing strategies for engaging patients to manage their health. We will discuss how patients receive/view information and submit information to their providers. Also, providers will learn how to leverage reminders in the patient portal (both appointments and general health reminders).

Register here (pre-registration is required):

Visit CliniSync at 3/17 OSMA symposium

Stop by to visit us at the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) Education Symposium, Plan. Lead. Succeed. on March 17 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.
OSMA and the Ohio Medical Group Management Association (OMGMA) collaborate on this event each year. The exciting educational opportunities available to you (along with professional educational credit) are just the tip of the iceberg – this is also a great chance to network and enjoy a change of scenery outside the office! Physician leaders, practice managers, and supervisors alike will appreciate the opportunity to re-energize and recharge amongst their peers. 
The breakout sessions are filling up fast! The themes or “tracks” for this year include: 
  • Payment reform under MACRA
  • Optimizing practice operations
  • Revenue and reimbursement
  • Technology, legal and compliance
  • Professional development
We would love to see you there! The March 10 registration deadline is fast approaching! For more details or to register, go to

3/20-22 Get tickets now for OHIMA conference

It's Showtime!  Plan to attend the 2017 OHIMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show on March 20-22, 2017 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. OHIMA hosts the largest of all state HIM meetings and showcases products and services of more than 80 exhibitors. 

Get your ticket for the show and join 800 HIM professionals in sessions offering a vast variety of topics ranging from Leadership, Information Governance, Coding and ICD-10, Analytics, CDI, and much more! 

Go to the OHIMA website for program information and registration.

3/24-25 AMCNO Medical Legal Summit in Cleveland

The 2017 Medical Legal Summit of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio will be held March 24-25 at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) Conference Center. This annual event is co-sponsored by the CMBA, the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO), and the Academy of Medicine Education Foundation.

Keynote speaker Gail Wilensky, PhD, will present Update on the Affordable Care Act and the Impact of Medicare Payment Reforms on Friday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. Three plenary sessions will be held on Saturday, March 25:
  • 8:15 a.m. – MACRA. The panel will consist of Cathy Costello, JD, Director, CliniSyncPLUS Consulting, Ohio Health Information; Dr. Robert Furno, Chief Medical Officer, Region 5, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and Dr. Howard Pitluck, Health Services Advisory Group.
  • 9:15 a.m. – Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Ohio. The speakers will be Dr. Nicole Labor, addiction specialist at Summa Health System; Carole Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; and Hugh Shannon, Administrator, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.  
  • 10:30 a.m. – Lawsuits: How to Survive, How to Avoid Them (a Medical Legal Perspective). The speakers will be Dr. John Bastulli, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center; The Honorable Nancy R. McDonnell, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas; and Linda S. Crawford, JD, Linda Crawford and Associates New York City, NY.
Following the plenary sessions will be a breakout session with these two topics:
  • Medical Marijuana. Speakers will include Cassandra Manna, JD, from Roetzel & Andress, and Dr. Jerry Mitchell, Medical Marijuana Advisory Panel.
  • Legal Issues in the Care of the ‘Vulnerable’ Patient.' This panel will consist of Chuck Corea, In-House Attorney at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Dr. Ewald Horwath, Department of Mental Health at MetroHealth System; and Cynthia Norwood, Executive Director of The Arc of Greater Cleveland.
Register now -  5.5 CME credits and 5.0 UH CRME credits are available. Click here to learn more.  Click here to register online.

4/19-23 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium features Dr. Adrienne Boissy

The keynote speaker for the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium has been confirmed: Adrienne Boissy, MD, chief experience officer at Cleveland Clinic. Boissy, along with her team, has created a comprehensive program to strengthen physician and provider communication skills and has trained more than 4,000 physicians. She is a nationally recognized leader in physician-patient communication. The symposium is April 19-23, in Columbus. Get the preliminary agenda and reserve your room online.

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