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Lynne Valdivia, MSW, BSN, RN, CCEP
Interim Director of Quality Review
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Tracy Atkins, LMSW
Project Manager
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John McNamee, PhD
Senior Health Data Analyst
 
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Laura Sanchez, RN
Healthcare Quality Review Analyst

Angie Heiniger
Project Specialist
 

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Health Information Technology

KFMC’s Health Information Technology (IT) consultants work directly with clinicians and their staff to optimize the use of electronic health information technologies to effectively enable them to provide quality patient care. Electronic health records (EHRs) play a critical role in the current healthcare environment, improving outcomes for patients’ health as well as public health. EHR data make it possible to measure the quality of care being provided, an essential piece of the puzzle in the latest payment models introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and replicated by other payers. Staying up-to-date with the latest certification standards, specifications, regulations, quality payment programs, incentive programs, and protecting the security and integrity of protected health information is challenging. KFMC's Health IT consultants will bring this knowledge to your practice, providing customized assistance to meet your health IT needs.

Services. Many of our services are offered free of charge depending on your eligibility for grant funded assistance. Otherwise, our services are offered on a fee-for-service basis. KFMC's Health IT consultants are available to assist with:

  • Information Systems Security Management:
    • Electronic Protected Health Information Security Risk Assessment and Analysis
    • HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance
    • Security Risk Mitigation Action Plan Development and Management
    • Information Systems Security Policies and Procedures – Review, Development, and Updating
  • Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) Implementation Readiness Assessment
  • CEHRT Vendor Selection and Implementation
  • Process Analysis and Redesign
  • Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program (formerly EHR Incentive Program, aka Meaningful Use)
    • Promoting Interoperability Program Education
    • Promoting Interoperability Program Registration and Review
    • Promoting Interoperability Program Attestation
    • Promoting Interoperability Monitoring
    • CEHRT Verification and Configuration
  • Health IT Support

History. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 included financial incentives for healthcare providers that attained Meaningful Use (MU) with their Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. As part of the ARRA, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act authorized the formation of HIT Regional Extension Centers (RECs) designed to support physician practices in adopting EHR systems and using their current systems to achieve Meaningful Use.

KFMC was the federally designated REC for Kansas from February 8, 2010, until April 6, 2016. During this time, KFMC's Health IT consultants helped over 1,600 Kansas providers select, implement, and meaningfully use Health Information Technology. Additionally, through partnership with the Link leads to third-party web site. Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation, KFMC provided assistance to 95 Kansas critical access and rural hospitals. KFMC also worked with the federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) throughout our state. The Link leads to third-party web site. Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved partnered to assist 15 of the 16 FQHCs in Kansas and 91 RHCs.

We are proud of the progress Kansas has made toward the interoperability of electronic health information and the possibilities for quality improvement this transformation provides. We are proud of the role KFMC played in furthering the US Department of Health and Human Services’ triple aim of improving health care quality, improving population health, and reducing unnecessary health care costs. Secretary Burwell’s vision fit nicely with KFMC’s stated mission of leading innovation to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of healthcare.

 

 

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The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving healthcare quality. KFMC is a member of the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network Link leads to third-party web site. (Great Plains QIN), the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) serving Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. KFMC is also the External Quality Review Organization (EQRO)and Independent Review Organization (IRO) for the state of Kansas. In addition, we contract with many private companies to provide health information technology (HIT) consulting services, quality improvement and review services. Throughout various contracts, our role is to work with healthcare providers and organizations to develop ways to improve the use of HIT and the quality of healthcare provided to all Kansas healthcare consumers.

Mission Statement

Leading innovation to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of healthcare.

Vision Statement

KFMC will be a leader, trusted partner and catalyst for transformational improvement in healthcare. Through our innovative ideas, extensive experience, diverse skills, high quality services and intentional collaboration, we will improve the health of people and communities.

Values

We hire great people who in pursuit of KFMC’s Mission and Vision commit to these core values to guide our decisions and behaviors.

Integrity - Conducting business in an honest and ethical manner and being accountable for our decisions and actions.

Excellence - Continually building skills and knowledge to be experts in our work and using these to produce the highest quality work product every time.

Innovation - Inventing the future, learning from our failures, thus achieving greater value from resources.

Collaboration - Working together inclusively and respectfully.

Wellness - Creating an environment that promotes optimal physical, mental and social health.