Friday, May 28, 2010

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Public Comment is Now Open

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 Update

Public Comment is Now Open
NCQA invites all parties to comment on proposed changes to the Physician Practice Connections®-Patient-Centered Medical HomeTM (PPC®-PCMHTM) 2011 standards from May 27-June 28. The PCMH 2011 standards build on the strengths of PPC-PCMH. They apply to the full spectrum of practice configurations, from small to large or electronically enabled to paper-based, in a variety of practice locations and for newly applying practices, as well as for those seeking renewal of Recognition.

Click here to access the public comment on the PCMH 2011 update.

In addition to emphasizing patient-centric, coordinated care and moving toward performance benchmarking within practices, the revised standards seek to:
Encourage better integration across practices through enhanced quality improvement requirements
Strengthen program requirements
Integrate behaviors affecting substance abuse and mental health issues
Align with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed Measures of Meaningful Use (for ARRA incentives)
The program has been restructured from nine standards (in PPC-PCMH) to six standards. We propose additional advanced requirements: reporting standardized clinical and patient experience results and establishing formal relationships with specialists and facilities. As with the current program, NCQA will not require all items to be met for achieving Recognition.

NCQA appreciates the time and effort that organizations invest in providing comments, and reviews all Public Comment feedback.

For more information on public comment, contact NCQA Customer Support at 888-275-7585.

Monday, May 24, 2010

NYC DOH PCIP/NYC REACH Meaningful Use Webinars

The PCIP Quality Improvement team is now hosting free webinars to help doctors understand the federal Meaningful Use incentives. You can join through any internet connection. RSVP to learn:
  • What Meaningful Use is
  • The incentives available for physicians who demonstrate Meaningful Use of an EHR
  • The Federal requirements for these incentives
  • The eligibility criteria for receiving these incentives
  • How NYC REACH will help providers meet the requirements
The first webinar will be this Wednesday, May 26th, 8:30 am - 9:30 am. If you cannot make this one, we will be holding sessions throughout June:
  • Thursday, June 3rd, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 9th, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 16th, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Thursday, June 24th, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
To RSVP, contact Nadine Nikas at


HP Notebook PC Battery Pack Recall

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and/or other safety regulatory authorities, HP announced voluntary recalls and replacement programs for some of the battery packs used in certain HP notebooks.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

CDPHP PCMH 2010 project expansion

Cudos again to CDPHP for setting the standard for Managed Care rewarding of PCMH practices. SV

CDPHP® of NY recently announced the second phase of its patient-centered medical home (PCMH) pilot, which was originally launched in May 2008. Developed to achieve improvements in the quality and efficiency of health care through transformation of the way primary care is practiced and reimbursed, the second phase of the pilot is expected to encompass 100 area practitioners serving nearly 100K members in the Capital Region.

The announcement was made to the medical community at the recent one-day technology conference, e-Forum 2010: Deciphering the Meaning of “Meaningful Use” and Enhancing the Value of Health Care Delivery. The event, jointly sponsored by CDPHP and the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), hosted more than 100 area physicians and practice managers.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cornell Study: E-prescribing cuts medication errors by seven-fold

This excellent study supports the work of Dr James Figge at NY to have additional e-Prescription compensation for prescribers and pharmacies. SV

Examples of the types of errors found included incomplete directions and prescribing a medication but omitting the quantity. A small number of errors were more serious, such as prescribing incorrect dosages.

Cornell Chronicle
Journal of General Internal Medicine Springer Select

Saturday, May 15, 2010

CCHIT Certified 2011 Ambulatory EHRs

As we await the final Meaningful Use Criteria and ONC certification programs, here is the list of products that have made the leap to achieve CCHIT 2011 Certification. SV

Company Product Date Certified Certification Expires Certification
ABEL Medical Software Inc. ABELMed EHR - EMR / PM 11
11/23/2009 12/31/2014 2011
Compulink Advantage/EHR 10
12/16/2009 12/31/2014 2011
CureMD Corporation CureMD EHR Version 10
Fully Certified
4/13/2010 12/31/2014 2011
EHS, Inc EHS CareRevolution 5.3
12/17/2009 12/31/2014 2011
Epic Systems Corporation EpicCare Ambulatory - Core EMR Spring 2008
Fully Certified
1/8/2010 12/31/2014 2011
Epic Systems Corporation EpicCare Ambulatory - Core EMR Summer 2009
Fully Certified
1/8/2010 12/31/2014 2011
Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. PrimeSuite 2011
12/8/2009 12/31/2014 2011
KeyMedical Software, Inc. KeyChart
12/21/2009 12/31/2014 2011
MCS - Medical Communication Systems, Inc. EHR 10.8
eRx Conditional
12/21/2009 12/31/2014 2011
MedEvolve LLC MedEvolve EHR 4.0
12/21/2009 12/31/2014 2011
NeoDeck Software NeoMed EHR 3.0
4/20/2010 12/31/2014 2011
NexTech Systems Inc. NexTech Practice 2011 9.5
Fully Certified
1/26/2010 12/31/2014 2011
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc. NextGen EHR 5.6
Fully Certified
12/8/2009 12/31/2014 2011
Nortec Software Inc Nortec EHR 7.0
Fully Certified
5/12/2010 12/31/2014 2011
Pulse Systems Pulse Patient Relationship Management 4.1.02
Fully Certified
12/11/2009 12/31/2014 2011
StreamlineMD, LLC Streamline EHR 10.8
eRx Conditional
12/21/2009 12/31/2014 2011

Friday, May 14, 2010


Sponsored by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), NYC REACH, and the New York Chapter American College of Physicians (NYACP), this free full-day program addresses Meaningful Use incentives for physicians:

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - Brooklyn
Friday, May 14, 2010 - Long Island
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - Buffalo
Friday, May 21, 2010 - Syracuse
Saturday, May 22, 2010 - Binghamton
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - Albany
Friday, June 4, 2010 - Tarrytown


Friday, May 07, 2010

The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program: 2010 Awardees

The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to communities to build and strengthen their health information technology (health IT) infrastructure and exchange capabilities. These communities will demonstrate the vision of a future where hospitals, clinicians, and patients are meaningful users of health IT, and together the community achieves measurable improvements in health care quality, safety, efficiency, and population health.
The Program provides funding to communities at the cutting edge of electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health information exchange to push them to a new level of sustainable health care quality and efficiency. This program is anticipated to demonstrate how health IT can help providers and consumers develop innovative ways of delivering care leading to sustainable and measurable health and efficiency improvements. The program also will generate lessons learned on how other communities can achieve similar goals enabled by health IT.

In May 2010, ONC made awards in the form of cooperative agreements to the following 15 qualified non-profit organizations or government entities:

Community Services Council of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Delta Health Alliance, Inc., Stoneville, MS

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Brewer, ME

Geisinger Clinic, Danville, PA

HealthInsight, Salt Lake City, UT

Indiana Health Information Exchange, INC., Indianapolis, IN

Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane, WA

Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, LA

Mayo Clinic Rochester, d/b/a Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Rhode Island Quality Institute, Providence, RI

Rocky Mountain Health Maintenance Organization, Grand Junction, CO

Southern Piedmont Community Care Plan, Inc., Concord, NC

The Regents of the University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA

University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI

Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, Inc., Buffalo, NY

An additional $30.3 million is currently available to fund additional Beacon Community cooperative agreement awards. An announcement to apply will be made in the near future.

For more information on the Beacon Community Program,

Thursday, May 06, 2010

eHI's Free Webinar on Regional Extension Centers

Service Offerings and Sustainability
Wednesday, May 26, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (ET)

This second session in the series will be held on Wednesday, May 26 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (ET) and will focus on Regional Extension Centers (REC) Service Offerings and Sustainability.


The eHealth Initiative will hold the second FREE webinar in a series on the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Program. The series is aimed at the REC and provider communities and will offer an educational forum to share insights and learn from one another.

The May 26th Webinar will feature:

* Ned Ellington, PhD, Director, HITRC Division, Office of Provider Adoption Support, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) - Understanding How the Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) will Support the Regional Extension Centers in Their Mission

REC Reactor Panel:

* Moderated by Derek Schoonover, Vice President of Government & Strategy, McKesson Corporation
* Amy Andres, Chairperson of the Board, Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP); Health Information Technology Officer for the State of Ohio; and Chief of Staff at the Ohio Department of Insurance
* Melissa Rutala, MPH, Director, Regional Extension Center, Arizona Health-e Connection
* Monica Arrowsmith, Director of the Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center, Purde University



Relay Health


This webinar is sponsored by McKesson , RelayHealth and HP.
Please contact Keviar Warner with any questions about this event.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program

National Provider Call with Question & Answer Session

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host a national provider conference call on the 2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program (eRx). This toll-free call will take place from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., EDT, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.

The PQRI is voluntary quality reporting program that provides an incentive payment to identified individual eligible professionals (EPs), and beginning with the 2010 PQRI, group practices who satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services furnished to Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries.

The PQRI was first implemented in 2007 as a result of section 101 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA), and further expanded as a result of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA), and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). The eRx Incentive Program is an incentive program for eligible professionals initially implemented in 2009 as a result of section 132(b) of the MIPPA. The eRx Incentive Program promotes the adoption and use of eRx systems by individual eligible professionals (and beginning with the 2010 eRx Incentive Program, group practices).

Following a few program announcements and updates, the lines will be opened to allow participants to ask questions of CMS PQRI and eRx subject matter experts.

Educational products are available on the PQRI dedicated web page located at, , on the CMS website, in the Educational Resources section, as well as educational products are available on the eRx dedicated web page located at on the CMS website. Feel free to download the resources prior to the call so that you may ask questions of the CMS presenters.

Conference call details:

Date: May 12, 2010

Conference Title: Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) - National Provider Call

Time: 1:30 p.m. EDT

In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation.

Registration will close at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time.

To register for the call participants need to go to:

Fill in all required data.

Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.

Click "Register".

You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter. Note: Please print and save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation emails. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.

For those of who will be unable to attend, a transcript of the call will be available at least one week after the call at on the CMS website.

If you require services for the hearing impaired please send an email to:

Monday, May 03, 2010

Live Webcast -- Making “Enhanced Use” of Health Information

Recently passed health care reform legislation, together with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provides an unprecedented opportunity to transform our current care delivery system into a high-value health care system. Making more effective – or “enhanced” – use of the health information routinely collected in the delivery of patient care can improve both individual patient care and overall population health through better quality reporting and performance measurement, public health surveillance, and evidence development.

On May 14, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings will host a forum to identify practical solutions for advancing enhanced use of electronic health information on a national scale and examine best practices of organizations already engaged in such effective use. Experts and key stakeholders will also discuss concrete steps for further supporting enhanced use on a broader scale in light of recent legislation.

Event Registration

Friday, May 14, 2010
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Online webcast