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MACRA Prep in Underserved Populations with Data-Centric HIE

February 23, 2017 — 12:00PM - 01:00PM EST
Orange County Convention Center
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With MACRA on the horizon, many providers are just beginning to understand the implications of this new payment paradigm. For large health systems and metropolitan networks, the transition will be enabled by ample financial, IT and educational resources. But, for rural and urban health providers serving medically underserved populations, the road looks more foreboding, complicated by smaller budgets and the lack of resources and IT expertise needed to make the transition. However, GA-HITEC, the rural HIE serving over 4000 rural PCPs and 56 critical access and rural hospitals in Georgia, is already developing innovative plans to ease the transition, serving as a model of excellence for aiding small, independent practitioners in rural areas. This session will discuss how implementing a data-centric approach to rural HIE development, backed with education and technical support, can streamline the MACRA transition.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain MACRA requirements and potential challenges for rural and urban health providers in medically underserved communities
  • Prepare to meet MACRA requirements in medically underserved communities by providing technology, technical support and education to network providers and health information exchanges serving these communities
  • Demonstrate how a cloud-based, data-centric approach to HIE creation and data sharing can accelerate MACRA preparation and ease the transition for the rural and urban networks in medically underserved communities
  • Assess current MACRA readiness and identify strategies and tactics to kick start preparation


Government or Public Policy Professional
Physician, CMO, CMIO




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