Wednesday, August 24, 2011

EHR Meaningful Use Event hosted by Queens County Medical Society and New York City's REACH extension center.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

This educational event is for practices seeking to transition from paper to electronic medical records or to move to a web-based EMR. You'll hear about Introduction to Meaningful Use payments, and about free support and training to help NYC physicians meet Meaningful Use requirements. You'll also get an overview and demo of GE Centricity Advance, a web-based, Meaningful Use-certified EMR, practice management system and patient portal designed specifically for small practices. General admission: $10 pre-paid, $20 at door. MSSNY member $10 pre-paid, $15 at door (registration fee is waived for NYC REACH members). To register, call 718-268-7300
National Provider Call: Physician Quality Reporting System & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program – Rescheduled, Registration Open
Rescheduled for Mon Aug 29; 1:30-3pm ET

Originally scheduled for Tue Aug 16; 1:30-3pm ET

CMS will host a rescheduled National Provider Call on the Physician Quality Reporting System & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program on Mon Aug 29; this educational call was originally scheduled for Tue Aug 16.


Opening Remarks
Overview of the 2010 Incentive Payments and Feedback Reports for Physician Quality Reporting System
Overview of the 2010 Incentive Payments and Feedback Reports for Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program
Question & answer session

Target Audience: Medical coders, physician office staff, provider billing staff, health records staff, vendors, and all Medicare FFS providers.

Presentation Materials: Are available for download at

Registration Information: In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. Registration will close at 1:30pm on Fri Aug 26 or when available space has been filled; no exceptions will be made, so please register early. For more details, including instructions on registering for the call, please visit

NYC DOH PCIP/NYC REACH PCMH/Meaningful Use Webinars

Together we will explore:
Healthcare challenges facing physicians
Benefits of EHR
The path to EHR EHR/EMR
Implementation Thoughts & Considerations.
Patient Centered Medical Home
Federal Incentives under ARRA
Meaningful use

This is now a weekly series of events.

Topic: Dr. Sal Volpe's Webinar

Time: 10:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Topic: Dr. Sal Volpe's Webinar
Date: Friday, August 26, 2011
Time: 10:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 796 489 599
Meeting Password:

To start or join the online meeting

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Electronic Health Record System For Mental Health Care: Request for Information (RFI)

We invite your response to this Request for Information (RFI), issued by The Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc. (FPHNY), on behalf of the Division of Mental Hygiene (DMH) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the New York City Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH).

These agencies have formed JOIN MH (Joint Opportunities for Integrated Networks in Mental Health), a program dedicated to assisting mental health providers in successfully adopting interoperable electronic health record systems and effectively using these systems to improve the quality and value of the care and services they offer.

As advocates for NYC mental health providers, JOIN MH desires to partner with the most qualified EHR vendors and work with vendors and providers to achieve the widest possible dissemination of high quality, interoperable EHRs. EHR systems are sought that are sufficiently robust to meet the clinical workflow needs of a broad range of mental health providers, to enable eligible providers to achieve Meaningful Use standards, and to facilitate the coordination of care between primary care and mental health providers through health information exchange.

This RFI identifies minimum requirements for the opportunity to be selected as a JOIN MH Partner Vendor and additional requirements or information that will be considered in the application process.

We encourage EHR vendors to respond to this RFI, as it will be important for us to offer a range of options to meet the needs of our provider partners. Above all, we seek to work in partnership with vendors who understand the needs of behavioral health providers and have the flexibility to grow and adapt as health IT matures.

To read the RFI instructions and retrieve the Response Spreadsheet for response entry, please click on the following link:

We look forward to receiving your Letter of Intent and Minimum Requirements Response (due August 29, at Noon - New York time). Full RFI responses are due on September 23, 2011 at 5 pm. Questions regarding this RFI and the related process should be addressed to

Monday, August 08, 2011

Meaningful Use in NYC, August 10th EHR Open House

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is hosting a free Open House to educate physicians about electronic health records. Learn how NYC REACH can help doctors adopt electronic health records, receive discounted EHR programs, and meet the requirements for Meaningful Use incentives. As the second NYC REACH doctor to successfully attest for Medicare Meaningful Use, Dr. Sal Volpe will share his experience on EHR adoption and implementation. He will be receiving his first payment of $18,000.

You will hear about Meaningful Use and the EHR adoption process, ask Dr. Volpe questions on his experience, and view demos from our three preferred EHR vendors- eClinicalWorks, MDLand, and Greenway.

Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: 42-09 28th Street, 12th Floor, Room 12-22, Long Island City (Queens), New York

To attend, please register:

NYC REACH is a part of the Primary Care Information Project at the New York City Department of Health. To learn more, please go to

Primary Care Information Project
42-09 28th Street, 12th Floor, CN-52
Long Island City (Queens), New York 11101

Monday, August 01, 2011

Medline Plus is now available to in a mobile format

Be sure to add this bookmark to your smartphones and tablets. SV

Medline Plus Mobile
MedlinePlus Connect:free content for EHRs and Patient Portals

This is great service and a fine example of our tax dollars at work.
We have used a link to Medline on our website for almost a decade. SV

Linking Patient Portals and EHRs to Consumer Health Information

MedlinePlus Connect is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This service allows health organizations and health IT providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to MedlinePlus, an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families, and health care providers.
How it Works

MedlinePlus Connect accepts requests for information on diagnoses (problem codes), medications, and lab tests, and returns related MedlinePlus information. It is available as a Web application or a Web service.

Upon receiving a problem code request, MedlinePlus Connect returns relevant MedlinePlus health topics and other related information. MedlinePlus has hundreds of health topic pages that bring together information from NIH, other U.S. government agencies, and reputable health information providers. Health topic pages cover a wide range of conditions and wellness issues, and include key resources to inform patients about their health: overviews, information on symptoms and treatments, recent health news, clinical trials, and much more. You can browse the list of all health topics.

For problem code requests, MedlinePlus Connect supports:

ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition, Clinical Modification)
SNOMED CT® CORE Problem List Subset (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine, Clinical Terms, Clinical Observations Recording and Encoding Problem List Subset)

MedlinePlus Connect will support ICD-10-CM when it becomes the U.S. standard.

MedlinePlus Connect can also link your EHR system to drug information written especially for patients. When an EHR system sends MedlinePlus Connect a request that includes a medication code, the service will return link(s) to the most appropriate drug information. MedlinePlus drug information is the AHFS­ Consumer Medication Information and is licensed for use on MedlinePlus from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, ASHP, Inc.

For medication requests, MedlinePlus Connect supports:

RXCUI (RxNorm Concept Unique Identifier)
NDC (National Drug Code)

MedlinePlus Connect also returns information in response to laboratory test codes. This information is from the A.D.A.M. encyclopedia, which MedlinePlus licenses.

For lab test requests, MedlinePlus Connect supports:

LOINC® (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes)

MedlinePlus Connect currently supports requests for information on diagnoses and lab tests in English or Spanish, and requests for drug information in English only. MedlinePlus Connect is intended for use within the United States health care system and cannot support coding systems not used in the United States.
Implementing MedlinePlus Connect

To use MedlinePlus Connect, you need to work with the technical representative or staff member who can use the MedlinePlus Connect Web application or Web service as described in the technical documentation. They will use the coding information already in your system (e.g., ICD-9-CM, NDC, etc.) to automatically send requests to MedlinePlus Connect in a standard format and use the reply to provide relevant patient information from MedlinePlus.

MedlinePlus Connect supports the HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) standard.
The level of effort varies depending on the flexibility and customizability of your system.
Implementing MedlinePlus Connect is a one-time effort. Once you make this change in your system, MedlinePlus Connect will update and maintain the links between the codes and the consumer health information.
See examples of health care organizations and electronic health records systems using MedlinePlus Connect.

MedlinePlus Connect Quick Facts

MedlinePlus Connect is free and doesn't require registration.
MedlinePlus Connect may help you achieve one of the 10 menu criteria for Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology.
You don't have to use MedlinePlus Connect exclusively to link to patient education information. Many EHR systems can be configured to link to more than one source of consumer health information.
Implementing MedlinePlus Connect will make a global change; you don't need to create individual links.
MedlinePlus Connect isn't a replacement for MedlinePlus. It is a value-added service to bring MedlinePlus content to electronic health record systems.
Visit the MedlinePlus Connect brochure.