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EHRs Behind Bars: Progress and Barriers

Topic
This article in iHealthBeat provides an overview of the adoption and implementation of EHRs in jails. COCHS CIO Ben Butler is quoted throughout the piece. Reference is also made to the COCHS issue paper, 11,2Meaningful Use and Corrections: Unknown Opportunities, that Ben published in June of this year.

Author
Heather Drost, iHealthBeat Associate Editor

How the ACA Can Revolutionize Inmate Healthcare

Topic
This article in The Nation that discusses how Medicaid expansion under health reform impacts the health care of the people cycling in and out of jails. Before the ACA, 90 percent of individuals involved in the criminal justice were without health insurance. Now with insurance available for this population, new possibilities are open not only for the jail involved population but also for the providers who treat them.

This article also includes multiple quotes by Ben Butler, COCHS Chief Information Officer. To read the latest article by Ben, 11,2Meaningful Use in Corrections: Unknown Opportunities, click 11,2here.

Author
Maura Ewing, The Nation

'Obamacare' detrás de las rejas ('Obamacare' behind bars)

Topic
This Spanish language article explains how thousands of former detainees will be able to obtain healthcare coverage under Medicaid due to the enactment of the ACA. COCHS' President Steven Rosenberg is quoted along with statistics supplied from this website.

Author
Pedro F. Frisneda, El Diario

Health Information Exchange between Jails and Their Communities:
A Bridge That Is Needed under Healthcare Reform

Topic
This article, published in AHIMA's Prespectives in Health Information Management, examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) on the adoption of health information technology in correctional environments --especially the role of health information exchange in breaking down silos between jail health care and community health providers.

Author
Ben Butler, COCHS

Health care for offenders discussed

Topic
This article describes how COCHS is helping Monterey County break down the walls between criminal justice and health care to take full advantage of the Affordable Care Act.

Author
Allison Gatlin, theCalifornian.com

RiverStone Health declares takeover of medical services at jail 'very successful transition'

Topic
This article sites COCHS' work as a reason for creating health care connectivity between the Yellowstone County Detention Facility and RiverStone Health, a community health provider.

Author
Cindy Uken, Billings Gazette