Thursday, April 28, 2011

EclinicalWorks 2011 Northeast Users’ Group Meeting

When: Friday, May 6th & Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Where: Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

This event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about new advancements from eClinicalWorks, while making valuable connections with colleagues in your area. Through this meeting, and through interaction with fellow medical professionals, you can gain insight about local initiatives that may affect your practice. There are a host of new developments here at eCW – some recently announced and some still in the works – and your collaboration and feedback plays a major role in the success of these concepts.

Cost: $125 per attendee

2011 Northeast Users' Group Meeting Registration

Questions or Comments?
Contact Lynne at

Hotel Information:
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

NYC Personal Health Record Systems for Community-Based Health Promotion.
A Request for Information

On April 13th, 2011 the Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc. (FPHNY) and the Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) issued a Request for Information (RFI) with the intention of identifying preferred vendors of a Personal Health Record (PHR) customized for use by people participating in community-based health promotion programs. Find the RFI at FPHNY’s website (

The RFI is based on close consultations with community-based organizations in New York (faith-based and senior centers). The membership of these organizations take part in community-based blood pressure screening programs and, by sharing their outcomes with trusted Lay Health Workers (LHW), receive counseling and advice for the prevention and management of chronic disease. DOHMH provides technical assistance and blood pressure monitors.

Access to a PHR system could make these programs more effective by enabling members to share their information with LHWs more easily, more securely, and in a way that is more conducive to effective counseling and health promotion.

This RFI envisions a PHR system that would strengthen community-based health promotion in the following ways:
A. Providing community members with access to a PHR that supports their efforts to prevent and manage chronic disease and allows them to securely and electronically share information with trusted care-givers. This will require applications for data visualization, goal-setting and alerting.

B. To provide lay health workers (LHWs) with a Community Health Dashboard that:
a. Enables LHWs to perform targeted outreach to members at risk of adverse health events. This will require a customized registry function capable of generating lists of members sorted by data values.
b. Enables LHWs to track trends in the population health of all consenting community members using a PHR. This will require the visualization of aggregated data shared with the LHW.

Promoting the adoption of Personal Health Records is one component of the DOHMH strategy to activate patients and communities to engage in chronic disease prevention and management.

A Question and Answer Session regarding this RFI will be held on April 26th.
Letters of Intent are due on April 29th
The final response is due on May 20th

For more information, contact Thomas Cannell at

Sunday, April 10, 2011

CMS Web Page for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) ACOs

On March 31, 2011, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register proposed rule CMS-1345-P, Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations that implements the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) and establishes the requirements for Accountable Care Organizations. CMS has launched a dedicated web page at for Medicare FFS providers and other providers of services and suppliers. Bookmark the web page and check back often, as CMS continues to add information on the program.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Congratulations Dr Mostashari
A well-deserved promotion!

Dr Blumenthal,thank you for all you've done.SV

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM serves as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Farzad joined ONC in July 2009 and serves as Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy.


Monday, April 04, 2011

Webinar: Take Control of Clinical Imaging Objects to Improve Patient Care

Presenter: Dave Lundal, CIO from SSM Healthcare and Dean Clinic

DATE: Monday, April 11, 2011
TIME: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Click here to register!

Learn how a VNA (Vendor-Neutral Archive) solution will migrate Silo’d PACS to an Enterprise Image Archive, enable healthcare institutions to take control of the images and the storage management, and drive a universal clinical viewer.

Without an enterprise imaging plan, healthcare institutions will face a data management problem and costly data migrations. More important, the physicians need a universal way to access and view the images, securely, anywhere and at anytime.
CIO’s Perspective for VNA:

* What is VNA?
* VNA positioning and value proposition as it relates to data management initiatives
* Providing a patient-care centric imaging content record for the EMR
* How VNA can assist in preparing for meaningful use
* Gain a better understanding of the specifications for a Vendor-Neutral (Enterprise) Image Archive

For more information, please contact Stacey Volke (
Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Attestation

Here is a great set of step by step instructions, screen shots and video. SV

Attestation for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program begins on Monday, April 18, 2011. In order to receive your Medicare EHR incentive payment, you must attest through CMS's web-based Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Registration and Attestation System.

Today, you can preview selected screenshots of the Attestation System to help you understand what the attestation process will involve. Please note that these screenshots are only examples – the final appearance and language may incorporate additional changes. CMS will release additional information about the Medicare attestation process soon, including User Guides that provide step-by-step instructions for completing attestation and educational webinars that describe the attestation process in depth.

Registration and Attestation instructional video link

More information to help you prepare for Medicare attestation: You need to understand the required meaningful use criteria to successfully attest. Meaningful use requirements for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are different:

EP Meaningful Use Criteria – Must report on 15 core measures, 5 of 10 menu measures, and 6 clinical quality measures, consisting of 3 required core measures and 3 additional measures.

Visit the Stage 1 EHR Meaningful Use Specification Sheets for EPs for information on core and menu measures for EPs.

Visit the Clinical Quality Measures page for information on the required clinical quality measures for EPs.

Eligible Hospital and CAH Meaningful Use Criteria – Must report on 14 core measures, 5 of 10 menu measures, and 15 clinical quality measures.

Visit the Stage 1 EHR Meaningful Use Specification Sheets for Eligible Hospitals and CAHs for information on core and menu measures for eligible hospitals and CAHs.

Visit the Clinical Quality Measures page
for information on the required clinical quality measures for eligible hospitals and CAHs.

You should also make sure that you begin your 90-day reporting period in time to attest and receive a Medicare payment in 2011. The last days to begin 90-day reporting periods for 2011 incentive payments are:

Sunday, July 3, 2011, for eligible hospitals and CAHs; and
Saturday, October 1, 2011, for EPs.

Under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, the date when participants can begin attestation for adopting, implementing, upgrading, or demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology varies by state. Visit the Medicaid State EHR Incentive Program web-tool for more information about your state's participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

NYS Eprescribing guidelines publication

Here are the guidelines in case you missed them when first released. SV
Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) - Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011 -2015: Comment period

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is looking for comments on its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011 - 2015; the public comment period is open until Friday, April 22, 2011.