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Gap Remediation Goals Successfully Met with ACO & Hospital Projects

VITL staff greeted the new year with cheers and congratulations after the completion of two projects that met the gap remediation goals of a State Innovation Model (SIM) grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation program.

The CHAC ACO Gateway project will enable providers at Community Health Accountable Care (CHAC), a Vermont accountable care organization (ACO), the ability to securely send demographic information for their 30,000 Medicaid patients to the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE). This project is significant because information about CHAC patients can be easily identified and included in the ACO's population health management strategies.

The University of Vermont Medical Center CCD Query project was a combined effort between VITL and UVMMC staff to create a new technical method for getting a patient's Continuity of Care Document (CCD) from the hospital's electronic health record (EHR) system into the VHIE, by using Admit, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) messages. The ADT messages will be used as a trigger to query for CCDs in the EHR when a patient is admitted, transferred or discharged from the hospital.

Don't miss our February 2016 issue of the VITL newsletter for interviews with the project managers and partners who made it all happen, and for details about the next phases of these projects!