Kentucky RHIO will facilitate project that optimizes electronic health record systems
The Kentucky Rural Healthcare Information Organization (Kentucky RHIO) was recently awarded a Health Resources & Services Administration Rural Health Network Grant for quality care improvement.
Kentucky RHIO is working with designated rural health clinics to optimize electronic health record (EHR) systems for more accurate capturing of quality data. The organization will provide quality improvement training, direct technical assistance, evaluation of practice workflows and employee education.
Participants will develop the ability to monitor quality and value data through the development of a quality dashboard. Participation will be ongoing throughout the three-year grant. Expectations of the clinic are to provide a “champion,” who will be the clinic liaison to Kentucky RHIO for the duration of the project. This individual will be responsible for attending meetings, providing information to clinic administration and introducing Kentucky RHIO to clinic staff.
At the end of the project, clinics can expect to see a significant improvement in their quality data, its ability to be reported out of the EHR and their qualification for higher reimbursement incentives.
LeAndre Knox, Kentucky RHIO’s quality improvement project director, will oversee the implementation of this project. Knox is a certified medical coder with 17 years of experience in healthcare. She was employed at an internal medicine practice for 15 years, where she worked her way up to office manager. Knox is experienced in billing, coding, clinical, HEDIS, PQRS, Meaningful Use and practice management. She currently serves as secretary for the AAPC Morehead Chapter.
“I’m excited for this opportunity,” Knox said. “Kentucky RHIO is looking forward to building upon the foundation established by implementing electronic health record systems to assist rural health clinics with the technical complexities of capturing and reporting on quality data.”
For more information on the program or how to participate, contact Knox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855.385.2089.