CliniSync has 126 hospitals "live" and 1,500 organizations connected. MACRA rule released, webinars to follow.

CliniSync connects 126 hospitals, 1,500 organizations

We're grateful to all of the hospitals and organizations connected to CliniSync for working cooperatively to make Ohio's Health Information Exchange one of the most robust in the nation. We have zero hospitals waiting or working to get connected. Today, 126 hospitals are "live" on CliniSync, meaning that they now have the capability of sending results and reports directly to organizations or have already been connected over the past five years. 

Here are our latest statistics:
  • 148 Ohio hospitals actively participating
  • 126 hospitals connected; 22 in process
  • 1,500 organizations connected
  • 183 practices/organizations using the Community Health Record
  • >2,700 clinicians using the Community Health Record
  • 400+ long-term and post-acute care facilities, especially using Direct Messaging
  • 9.7 million patient records
  • To view the status of hospitals, please click here or go to and click on Member Resources and drop down to Hospital Status. Thanks for our continuing progress!

Ohio improves but still lags in e-prescribing controlled substances

We're still lagging behind the national average in e-prescribing controlled substances but are making progress. When you use our Community Health Record to search for information on a patient, authorized users also can automatically log into the OARRS database from there, instead of going to a separate login.

The Director of our CliniSyncPLUS program, Cathy Costello, has analyzed this progress for us.

Ohio providers are constantly improving their statistics on the number of individuals who are e-prescribing controlled substances (EPCS). However, Ohio still lags behind the national average for EPCS. According to Surescripts, as of the end of September 2016, there were 3,176 Ohio prescribers enabled for EPCS and 2,034 of those had prescribed a controlled substance in Ohio within the past 30 days.

The number of enabled prescribers represents 6.0% of the total prescribers in Ohio (excluding dentists). On the receiving end, 91.2% of all Ohio pharmacies are now enabled to receive controlled substances through e-prescribing. The graph below shows the distribution by county of all Ohio prescribers who have been identity-proofed for EPCS. The highest percent of e-prescribers are in Ashland, Muskingum and Vinton counties.

Here's the latest on MACRA!


CMS released one stage of the final Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) rule Friday. Although the rule is final for some provisions, CMS is asking for comments on other sections of the rule.

The parts that are finalized will go into effect January 1, 2016; for non-final provisions, there will be an additional 60-day comment period after the official publication of the rule in the Federal Register.

The proposed rule was 1,000 pages; the final rule is 2,400 pages, so a lot of information has been added.
Some of the finalized provisions go to the following areas:
  • 2017 Reporting: There will be a tiered approach to reporting for 2017 based upon the provider’s technical readiness. Providers have 4 options, including submitting only 1 measure to avoid penalties. There will be no negative adjustment for MIPS providers for any costs above the national thresholds.
  • Minimum Reporting Requirements: CMS has adjusted the exemption for small providers. Under the final rule, if a provider has 100 or fewer Medicare Part B patients in a reporting period, or less than $30,000 in Medicare Part B allowed charges, then the provider is exempt from MIPS reporting and exempt from any bonuses or penalties.
  • Advanced Alternative Payment Models (A-APM): CMS expanded this category to allow for more participation as an APM provider. The risk-bearing requirements were decreased in some areas, especially MSSP ACOs. More models were listed that would be easier for small practices to participate in.
Here is our CliniSyncPLUS webinar schedule:
An overview of the final rule
During this webinar the CliniSyncPLUS team will provide a high level overview of the MACRA Final Rule. They will highlight provisions of the rule that are complex or that may require organizational focus to achieve.   Information Blocking Audits – What you need to know!
During this webinar Cathy & Scott will provide a deep dive into the provisions of MACRA that address Information Blocking and the audits to ensure that interoperability functions within your EHR are enabled and functioning.  
Deep Dive into MIPS
During this webinar the CliniSyncPLUS team will provide a deep dive into the MIPs portion of the MACRA final rule.  Deep Dive into APM
During this webinar our CliniSyncPLUS team will provide a deep dive into the APM (Alternative Payment Models) portion of the MACRA final rule. 

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.

Arlington Good Samaritan Society in Arlington
Heritage Corner Health Care Campus in Bowling Green  
Hospice of North Central Ohio in Ashland and Mt. Vernon
Joseph C. LaMancusa, MD in Findlay
Kris A. Kostrzewski, MD, PhD Family Practice in Toledo    
Mid-Ohio Valley Medical Group in Vienna, WV
Northcoast Dermatology Associates in Independence and Sagamore Hills
Providence Medical Group in Dayton
Stephen W. Blatchly, MD in Sidney

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.

Congrats to Licking Memorial, SOMC

Congratulations to Licking Memorial Health Systems and Southern Ohio Medical Center for receiving accolades in Modern Healthcare's 2016 Best Places to Work. We're so pleased that you received this well-deserved honor and look forward to our continuing work together. 

Here are the announcements:

SOMC can be found here.
Licking Memorial can be found here.

EHR contract and Health IT guide

New tools will serve as practical, easy-to-understand resources to help health care providers increase information flow to improve health care delivery

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released two practical, easy-to-understand tools to help health care providers get the most out of their health information technology (health IT), such as electronic health records (EHRs): an EHR contract guide - PDF and a newly expanded Health IT Playbook.

The new contract guide, EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms, and Understanding the Fine Print, explains important concepts in EHR contracts, and includes example contract language to help providers and health administrators in planning to acquire an EHR system and negotiating contract terms with vendors.

The Health IT Playbook is a dynamic, web-based tool intended to make it easy for providers and their practices to find practical information and guidance on specific topics as they research, buy, use, or switch EHRs.

For More Information                  
Both resources are available on the ONC website. In addition, EHR contract guide can be accessed from the Electronic Health Record tab of the Health IT Playbook.  
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