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How extensivre  are diabetes and hypertension in Ohio?

Ohio studying diabetes, hypertension

Improving Ohio's Health: Controlling Diabetes and Hypertension: Ohio Hospital Inpatient Discharges for Diabetes and Hypertension by Cathy Costello, JD, Director of CliniSyncPLUS Services
This article is the first in a series devoted to diabetes and hypertension in Ohio and the prevalence of these chronic conditions. It explores efforts to quantify the impact of these two conditions on hospital inpatient rates in Ohio counties. CliniSyncPLUS staff members are working closely with the Ohio Department of Health on these efforts. 

Here's just one fact: In Ohio, out of the 1.1 million inpatient hospital discharges in 2014, nearly 6 out of every 10 discharged patients had hypertension in their problem list. Four out of every 10 patients had diabetes listed.

Want to find out the counties in Ohio with the most chronic conditions? Read the full article here

Here's a peek preview:
Healthcare providers are inundated with statistics about the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension in the United States. Patients with chronic diseases drive the costs in the American healthcare system, both inpatient and ambulatory. About 86% of the United States annual healthcare spending is related to chronic diseases.[1] According to a 2012 report by the American Diabetes Association, the total economic cost of diabetes in the United States was $245 billion with Ohio accounting for $9.3 billion of those costs.[2] In 2013, 921,012 people in Ohio were diagnosed with diabetes, ranking Ohio seventh among all states in number of people with diabetes.[3]

You can now search for your patient outside of your health or hospital system

Please spread the word to your medical colleagues that CliniSync now offers the ability for an authorized clinician to look up a patient's name and view encounters that patient has had at various hospitals. We call this a Community Health Record because the entire CliniSync Community has access.

This is at no cost to practices and others since hospitals that are CliniSync clients are keeping the Ohio Health Information Partnership financially sustainable. Every day, optometrists, specialists, primary care, long-term care, behavioral health, and certain social service agencies are signing up for this unique opportunity. Some are now opting to publish information to their patients' records.

To learn more about the Community Health Record, go here on our website. For all of our services, click here. And to hear fellow practitioners talk about these services in real-life terms, go to our Video page and look for Grand Lake Primary Care, Shawnee, and Zanesville Orthopaedics. You can also visit our YouTube Channel

EPs may elect to take Syndromic Surveillance exclusion in 2016

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recently announced an update to its Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use Declaration of Readiness Policy related to the Public Health Reporting Objective, Syndromic Surveillance measure option available to Eligible Professionals (EPs). 

Historically, ODH’s policy did not allow EPs to take an exclusion for the Syndromic Surveillance Reporting measure. However, ODH acknowledges that many EPs will be attesting to a full MU reporting period for calendar year 2016.  Since ODH’s updated Declaration of Readiness Policy is not yet finalized, ODH is permitting EPs to elect to take an exclusion for the Syndromic Surveillance measure in 2016. 

What if I have already registered to submit Syndromic Surveillance data to ODH?

EPs who have registered to submit Syndromic Surveillance data through Ohio’s Public Health Reporting and Enrollment site or who plan to register before 2/29/16 can continue to do so.  If you have already registered to report syndromic surveillance and now want to take the exclusion, you do not need to update your ODH registration. 

What will Ohio Medicaid look for to ensure I meet this measure?
Ohio Medicaid will look to see that your organization meets the criteria for the option you are attesting to.  If you attest to active engagement to submit Syndromic Surveillance data to ODH, the Medicaid Provider Incentive Program (MPIP) will want to confirm, at a minimum, that you have registered to submit Syndromic data and possess technology certified for the Syndromic Surveillance measure within the appropriate timeframe. If you take the exclusion and you are attesting as an EP under Ohio Medicaid’s EHR Incentive Program, then MPIP will confirm that you meet the criteria for exclusion.

To review the updated ODH Syndromic Surveillance MU Policy in full, please click here

Find out if your hospital is connected to CliniSync

Wondering what hospitals are "live" on the CliniSync Health Information Exchange? We've created an easy-to-read table of hospitals that healthcare professionals can download from our website that allows you to see the status of each hospital that is contracted with us. You can find the list here. 

Right now, we have 149 contracted hospitals with 117 "live." This means those hospitals are either sending results and reports directly to physicians and other healthcare providers or they are ready to. If you'd like to get connected to CliniSync, please fill out our Sign Up For Services on the front page of the website at or contact us at  GET CONNECTED!!!

Welcome to the CliniSync Community!

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

Blanchard Valley Medical Associates in Findlay
Columbus Women's Care Inc. 
Community Health & Wellness Partners of Logan County in West Liberty (includes an additional health center)
Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center Inc. in Toledo
Horizon Home HealthCare in Vandalia
National Church Residences in Columbus (multiple Ohio locations)
Neighborhood Health Association of Toledo Inc. (multiple health centers in the Toledo area)
Pickaway Manor Care Center in Circleville
Roberta June Guibord, DO Inc. in Perrysburg
The Kidney Group in Youngstown
US Medical Management (USMM) inTroy, MI (multiple locations in Ohio)
Zepf Center in Toledo

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, please advise us and we'll add you to our list. Please email us at with your practice name, address, county, and type of facility.

Medicare hardship application extended to July 1

CMS is extending the application deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process that reduces burden on clinicians, hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). The new deadline for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals is July 1, 2016. CMS is extending the deadline so providers have sufficient time to submit their applications to avoid adjustments to their Medicare payments in 2017. 

In January, CMS posted new, streamlined hardship exception application forms that reduce the amount of information that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and CAHs must submit to apply for an exception. The new applications and instructions for providers seeking a hardship exception are available here.  

CSOHIMSS sponsors TIGER Virtual Learning Webinar April 1

The Central and Southern Ohio HIMSS Chapter is sponsoring its next webinar on Wednesday, April 13, from Noon - 1 p.m.

Powered by HIMSS, the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a dynamic and unique one-stop portal for academic professional, students, adult learners, and clinical educators.  The VLE contains vetted resources reflective of core International competencies to take you from A to Z in health IT.  This personalized learning experience is designed to expand your skillset in a self-paced format. See an in-depth demonstration of the environment, learn about the newest offerings, how to navigate with ease, and maximize time spent leveraging resources.  

Pre-registration is required at the link below:

Don't miss annual association events!

OSMA's Education Symposium Mission Possible: Care. Connect. Change. April 1 
More than 16 educational sessions, inspiring speakers, networking opportunities and ways to improve your practice will be held by the Ohio State Medical Association at the Hilton Easton in Columbus April 1. For more details, look at the brochure to learn more and register here

Ohio Osteopathic Association's Charting the Course for Healthcare Transformation April 20-24
This year's OOA symposium at the Hilton Easton in Columbus offers an average of 30 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credit, with a variety of workshops and lectures providing  the most up-to-date information on topics every physician should know. It will feature more than 40 exhibits, host a regional scientific poster contest, provide updates from state and national leaders, and give the opportunity for networking. Sign up by April 1 for a discount. You can access the complete program here.

Ohio Optometric Association holds Practice Management Institute May 4
The OOA will hold a Practice Management Institute at the Columbus State University Conference Center May 4 that features Dr. Alan Glazier, founder of ODs on Facebook where he will present The Greatest Social Media Course EVER. You can access the agenda and registration here. 

Ohio Chiropractic Association holds Annual Convention September 30 - October 2

This year's event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Columbus at 350 North High Street, 614-463-1234. Be sure to mention OSCA ConventionReserve Your Room Online!

More information to come!

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