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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Attestation Deadline April 30th -- limited Help Desk availability -- attest today or call for assistance!

Take advantage of the MU Help Desk -- the deadline is 4/30!
Still working on your Meaningful Use attestation? Time is running out. Should you need any assistance, we’re happy to help.

The Help Desk is open today and tomorrow 8:30am-5pm CST. The deadline to attest for Meaningful Use is this Sunday, April 30.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
ILHITREC News Update: April 24, 2017

At the Forefront of Healthcare Transformation! 
April 24, 2017

Medicaid Attestation Deadline 4/30/17 - No Anticipated Extensions
ILHITREC encourages Providers to log-in to the IMPACT system now to make sure you can access the Electronic Health Record Medicaid Incentive Payment Program (eMIPP) in advance of the April 30, 2017 deadline set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This will allow you time to resolve any possible problems. At this time, no extensions to the April 30 deadline are anticipated.
Providers can review the eMIPP Attestation Guide for step-by-step screenshots to assist you in the process. It takes 5 minutes per provider. If you need assistance, please contact us at  

Documentation Vital as Attestation Deadline Approaches
ILHITREC reminds all qualifying providers to prepare yourselves with the proper supporting documents to avoid rejection as the April 30 deadline approaches for attesting for the Illinois Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program for the 2016 program year.
Supporting documents that must be added to the Upload Document section of eMIPP to avoid rejection include: Those supporting active engagement with public health registries selected in Objective 10;  Those supporting Medicaid patient encounter volume entered in the eligibility section; and Those showing proof of acquisition of a certified EHR (required ONLY for AIU attestations). If you need assistance from ILHITREC, please contact us at
FY2018 Medicare Hospital and Long Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment Systems Proposed Rule and Request for Information

On April 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update 2018 Medicare payment and policies when patients are admitted into hospitals. 
The agency also released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit ideas for regulatory, policy, practice and procedural changes to better achieve transparency, flexibility, program simplification and innovation. The following resources offer more details:
Webinar May 4 on 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Requirements

Please register now for ILHITREC's Webinar about "2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Requirements." It will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017, from Noon-1 PM (CDT).  Register here
The focus of this webinar is on 2017 Reporting Requirements for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Providers. More details about specific Measures explained during the Webinar will be included in upcoming editions of ILHITREC's Weekly News Update (see below).
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you need assistance from ILHITREC, please contact us at
ILHITREC Spotlight:  Focus on Meaningful Use Measures 
[NOTE: This ILHITREC feature will regularly spotlight different Meaningful Use and other Measures]

The Measure:
Clinical Decision Support
Objective of the Measure: Use clinical decision support to improve performance on high-priority health conditions.
Attestation: Answer Yes or No or claim an Exclusion
Measure Requirements:
1. MEASURE 1: EPs must attest YES to implementing five clinical decision support interventions related to four or more clinical quality measures at a relevant point in patient care for the entire EHR reporting period.    
2. MEASURE 2: EPs must attest YES to enabling and implementing the functionality for drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks for the entire EHR reporting period. 
Benefits of Clinical Decision Support:
  • Improve Patient Safety
  • Improve Quality of Care
  • Identify drug-drug interactions
  • Identify drug allergies
  • Increase patient compliance
  • Improve patient self-care
  • Meet Meaningful use
Tips and Resources:
*Exclusion is available for Measure 2 if you prescribe less than 100 medications during the reporting period
* Make sure 4 of the Quality measures you use for attestation are related to your clinical support interventions. An example would be if a provider reports their performance on A1C testing for their Diabetic patients then they would have an alert in their EMR that reminds them a patient is due for this test.
*Drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction alerts are separate from the 5 clinical decision support interventions and do not count toward the 5 required for this first measure.  
*A follow up audit would expect screen shots of this functionality in your EHR during the reporting period
Reporting Period for Clinical Quality Measures is 365 Days for 2017

The Meaningful Use (MU) reporting period for 2017 is 90 contiguous days for the 10 functional measure objectives. The reporting period for Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) is the full year (365 days). Most Eligible Professionals (EPs) will not attest until 2018 for 2017. The only exception is for EPs reporting on the MU measures for the first time, usually the first year after adopt, implement and upgrade (AIU). EPs at that status will report any continuous 90-day period for their CQMs. The date range can be the same 90 days as the MU reporting period or a different 90 days, as long as it occurs during 2017. 
ILHITREC's Clinical Informatics Specialists advise the best practice is to monitor Meaningful Use and CQMs throughout the year. When you find a 90-day period in which the EP meets all functional measures, capture that data in your Electronic Health Record (EHR) or as a dated copy of the dashboard. You will then be ready to attest with full-year data on clinical quality measures when the year is complete. If you need assistance, please contact us at  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
ICAAP-lets Update - April 19, 2017


April 19, 2017
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TEAM is a collaborative effort to promote effective service delivery for adolescent moms and their children. Currently, this initiative is hosting open forums with a goal of gathering feedback from the community about how they can positively impact teen moms' ability to raise developmentally healthy children. Please view the flyer for more information and register for an open forum. If you have any questions or need help registering, please do not hesitate to contact Nirja Shah at or 312/733-1026 x216.


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Do you work directly with pregnant and/or parenting young people? Are you familiar with the term Birth Justice? ICAH and the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) are hosting a focus group to learn more about your experiences providing care to pregnant or parenting young people and your familiarity of Birth Justice. View the flyer and register here to participate in the focus group that will be hosted at ICAAP.
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AAP and Food Research & Action Center
The AAP and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) jointly released the toolkit, "Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians," a comprehensive resource on how to identify and address childhood food insecurity. Food insecurity — the limited or uncertain access to enough food — is detrimental to child health and well-being. The toolkit provides specific information on how to:
  • Screen patients for food insecurity
  • Address the topic in a sensitive manner
  • Make the appropriate interventions, most commonly by referring patients and their families to the federal nutrition programs
  • Advocate for greater food security and improved overall health of children and their families
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Ohio AAP
In fall 2016, the Ohio Chapter of the AAP, Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership, and Start School Later hosted a three-part webinar series on how providers can support sleep practices for healthier and better-functioning adolescents. The webinar recordings are now available to view online:
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The AAP EHDI program has a list of resources available to primary care providers on EHDI screening and follow-up. The resources are available on the AAP EHDI webpage and include:
Dr. Daniel Morra serves as the Illinois EHDI Chapter Champion and can be contacted at with any questions related to newborn hearing screening and follow-up.
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The Office of the Attorney General Illinois
The Office of the Attorney General Illinois SANE Program is hosting a 40-hour Pediatric/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training designed to educate registered nurses, mid-level providers, and physicians performing sexual assault medical forensic examinations. The Pediatric/Adolescent SANE Training will be held May 23-25, 2017 from 8am-5:30pm at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. If you are interested in attending, please review the materials below and submit a completed application along with your resume via email to or via fax to 312-814-7105 by April 20, 2017.
If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact Jaclyn Rodriguez at or 312/814-6267.
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Each year many people will get the flu shot to help protect them, but many people do not. Parents sometimes will pass on getting their children vaccinated, believing that the flu is not that serious. In actuality, it can be very serious and lead to death in some tragic cases. A new study conducted by the CDC highlights the importance of vaccinating children against the flu. Many pediatric deaths can be avoided by providing kids with proper protection against this illness.


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Wheaton Patch
Over the past 15 years, there has been a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases reported in DuPage County according to the DuPage County Health Department. The report showed that cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have risen sharply between 2000 and 2015.  READ MORE
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Crain's Chicago Business
Thirty-eight Illinois​ hospitals rank as nationwide tops in safety and quality in the latest Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade. Of the 113 Illinois hospitals included in the survey, 38 earned an A ranking and none an F. Eleven Illinois hospitals have earned straight A's since the survey began in 2012, including West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. The 226-bed hospital serves the Oak Park, River Forest and Austin communities and is among a handful of facilities in the area that have taken on the role of a pseudo trauma center.  READ MORE


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Contemporary Pediatrics
Efforts worldwide to immunize children against a host of preventable diseases depend on adherence to recommended immunization schedules. If adhered to, most vaccines will be administered to children by the age of 6 years, and children can receive multiple injections in a single office visit. By the age of 2 years, for example, children in the U.S. can receive up to 24 injections and up to 5 in a single office visit. Among concerns with administering these multiple and frequent immunizations in young children are the potential pain and adverse effects associated with injections.  READ MORE
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Medical News Today
Rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing among youth in the United States, according to a report, Incidence Trends of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes among Youths, 2002-2012, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the U.S., 29.1 million people are living with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes, and about 208,000 people younger than 20 years are living with diagnosed diabetes.  READ MORE


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JAMA Pediatrics
This systematic review and meta-analysis suggests an association between increased autism spectrum disorder risk and maternal use of antidepressants during pregnancy; however, it appears to be more consistent during the preconception period than during each trimester. The association was weaker when controlled for past maternal mental illness.  READ MORE
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Medical Xpress
Sixteen percent of children in pediatric intensive care units (ICUs) have acute neurological conditions with brain damage due to cardiac arrest, traumatic brain injury, or other causes, reports an international survey study in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. "Children with acute neurologic insults are common in ICUs and are associated with high morbidity and mortality rates and prolonged ICU stays, posing significant challenges to public, family, and individual health," according to the report by the PANGEA Investigators, led by Ericka L. Fink, MD, MS, of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The findings underscore the need for "transformational ideas" to improve outcomes for this large group of critically ill children at high risk of adverse clinical outcomes.  READ MORE
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HealthDay News
Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 48 babies from Brazil with probable congenital Zika infection, "50 percent reportedly had clinical seizures," said Dr. Daniel Pastula, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp and Rosemarie Kobau. All three have studied Zika at the CDC, and co-wrote an essay on the Zika-epilepsy connection, published online April 17 in JAMA Neurology.  READ MORE


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