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Do You Need to Report to MIPS?

The Quality Payment Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) & Advanced Payment Model (APM)

Providers are a part of the Quality Payment Program in 2017 if you are in an Advanced Payment Model (APM) or if you bill Medicare more than $30,000 in Part B allowed charges a year, and provide care for more than 100 Medicare patients a year. Receiving a Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment does not exempt you from other Quality Payment Program reporting requirements. 

VT Providers Receive More Patient Info with CCD Project

Patient care summaries from Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) are now available through the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) using VITLAccess, the secure provider portal. The addition of this important source of information allows providers like Caledonia Home Health Care & Hospice to see complete summaries of the care their patients received from the hospital.

Making the Case for Interoperability Standards

Republished with permission by author: Jeff Byers. This article first appeared in HealthcareDIVE on March 14, 2017

As hospitals plug into more networks with partnerships, mergers and new consumer health devices, interoperability is needed more than ever.

It's buzzy. It's the fly in the ointment for many and vendors swear it's seriously. just. about. to. gain. traction.

Dispatch from HIMSS17: One National Model for HIE?

"Our job is not complete until all patient information is shared nationwide to support treatment, population health, and public health. But we have the unique opportunity and challenge every day to make that happen." - John Kansky, MSE, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

Health IT and Public Policy

* Article from the VITL 2016 Annual Report

Data Capture Analysis

In October 2016 VITL unveiled a new quantitative model to the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) that showed the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) is collecting about 61 percent of the available health care data for Vermont patients.

Laying the Course for Coordinated Care

*Article from the VITL 2016 Annual Report

Anyone who is managing, or is helping a friend or loved-one manage complex medical conditions understands how difficult it can be to deal with these conditions in a health care system that is often fragmented.

VITLAccess Webinar Series

VITL is offering a series of three webinars to introduce VITLAccess, the free, web-based and secure portal that gives treating providers access to clinical information in the VHIE. The webinars are free and offered at convenient times.

Descriptions and registration links for each webinar are below. Early registration is recommended to receive instructions by email before each event.


Measuring Up on the Interoperability Front

New Metrics Designed to Spotlight Industry Progress

By Brian Levy MD, Vice President of Global Clinical Operations for Wolters Kluwer, Health Language

Interoperability remains a high-level opportunity and challenge for the healthcare industry. A focal point of national initiatives for nearly a decade, this ongoing quest to improve health information exchange promises to transform care delivery from both a cost and quality standpoint.

OhMD Secure Text Messaging App


Why You Need Secure Text Messaging for Your Provider and Patient Communications

Over 70 percent of doctors are texting with other providers, and with patients. Smartphone use is nearly universal, so secure text messaging in health care makes sense as a simple and efficient communication option, and can offer patients more opportunities to engage in their own care.


Primary Care, Behavioral Health & Health IT in Care

by VITL Marketing Manager Joanna Cummings


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