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OCHIN Achieves 2019 Epic Connect Accreditation

OCHIN is proud to announce that we have achieved Connect Accreditation for the 2019 program year!  OCHIN is only the fourth Epic customer to meet these vigorous requirements, and we are thrilled to be part of such an elite group to achieve this recognition from Epic. 

Connect Accreditation is required for OCHIN to continue extending to new affiliates with 200,000 or more annual ambulatory visits, or to organizations outside of our catchment area.  Connect Accreditation is Epic’s way of validating that community members participating in Epic’s Community Connect program (by extending an instance of Epic to an independent partner) are ensuring success for both the hosting organization and its affiliates.  

The goal of Epic’s Connect Accreditation Program is to help members of the Epic community ensure that they have a strong foundational system, as well as appropriate governance and support structure, before extending Epic to affiliates (such as OCHIN’s membership).  Such Accreditation is awarded for achieving a high level of system adoption by meeting key performance metrics and staying current with Epic software. 

Epic restructured the program in 2019, and the key components this year are as follows: 

  • Core Accreditation – Foundation:  These requirements aim to ensure a high standard of system functionality and performance, as well as a governance structure and best practices to encourage long-term successful relationships between hubs and affiliates. Key measures include meeting the adoption criteria for HIMSS Stage 6, adopting an adequate number of Epic features to meet Gold Stars level 5 (OCHIN is currently at Gold Stars level 9), maintaining specified MyChart activation rates and same day office visit closure rates, completing the Epic Honor Roll foundation and infrastructure requirements, promoting interoperability, and supporting regulatory requirements. 

  • Core Accreditation – Affiliate Success:  These requirements reflect that an organization is supporting its current large affiliates in being successful with the system.  Requirements include providing a long-term support plan for members, maintaining high user happiness ratings, and ensuring that large affiliates are meeting key post-live measures (e.g., AR day targets, MyChart activation rates, Gold Stars functionality adoption).

  • Domain Accreditation – Revenue Cycle:  These criteria are required for community members extending revenue cycle applications (such as Professional Billing) through Connect.  Items include adopting an adequate number of Epic features to meet Gold Stars level 5 in the Revenue Cycle area (OCHIN is currently at Gold Stars level 7), preparing for operational readiness, and using Financial Pulse with affiliates. 

  • Domain Accreditation – Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC):  These requirements must be met by Epic community members extending to FQHCs.  Items include configuring UDS reporting, achieving Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification, and implementing Behavioral Health workflows. 

Epic’s Connect Accreditation Program runs on a calendar year basis, and OCHIN’s 2019 Connect Accreditation will extend through at least December 31, 2019.

Thank you to the many team members involved in OCHIN’s collaborative effort to meet this year’s requirements – both OCHIN staff and its many members who provided support in bringing this achievement to fruition. 

Please contact Nicole Klassen Ellington, Director of Innovation Development and Partnerships, with any questions regarding the recent accreditation.